Elon is talking about Tesla again, only this time they don’t seem angry about it.
He recently opened up about Tesla’s plans to create a Tesla pick-up on Ride The Lighting – the unofficial Tesla podcast.
‘Pick-up’ is American for ‘bakkie’, so we’re rolling with it.
If you’re picturing a standard pick-up model, though, you’ll probably be disappointed. Musk says that the bakkie “will look like something out of science-fiction while still offering incredible functionality”, reports BusinessTech.
“We don’t want it to be really expensive. It’s got to start at less than $50,000 (around R728,000), and should cost less,” he said.
“There will be versions of the truck that will be more expensive, but you’ve got to be able to get a really great truck for $49,000 or less.
“It’s got to have incredible functionally from a load-carrying standpoint, and it has got to look amazing.”
He also notes that if you want a bakkie that looks like a bakkie, then this probably isn’t for you. It’s also “more capable than other trucks”.
So it’s the little truck that could? I’m struggling to picture this thing, and the teaser that Elon tweeted doesn’t help:
Then again, he also tweeted this so I don’t know why I expected more:
Anyway, he goes on to describe the bakkie as a “Blade Runner truck”.
Musk has previously hinted in a series of tweets that the bakkie will be a 6-seater ‘big truck’, with an expected range of 400 to 500 miles (640 – 800 km).
The pick-up is also expected to feature titanium components and a dual motor all-wheel-drive powertrain with dynamic suspension.
I’m going to hold off on an opinion until this bakkie has materialised.
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