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botsapper 11-13-2013 01:02 PM

Tesla EV pickup truck!
 
Elon Musk/Tesla is planning to make an EV pickup truck. Not a commercial delivery truck, too small of a segment but bigger ambitions, they are targeting best selling vehicle - Ford's F-Series. They see a production start in 5 years. Not a fashion pretender, like a crossover Honda Ridgeline, but a down 'n dirty working class towing-capable all-time full-torque worker.

Tesla Will Make A Pickup Truck

NachtRitter 11-13-2013 03:20 PM

Huh... that'll be interesting. The torque will be there, but I wonder what towing a 15K - 20K lbs load up a long grade would do to the batteries...

Fat Charlie 11-13-2013 03:24 PM

I saw that story and thought about towing for a moment. Then laughed because almost nobody uses trucks for actually hauling stuff.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 11-13-2013 03:50 PM

Maybe targetting something more modest, such as the compact trucks, they could do better.

botsapper 11-13-2013 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fat Charlie (Post 399319)
I saw that story and thought about towing for a moment. Then laughed because almost nobody uses trucks for actually hauling stuff.

The first adopters would not be the dirt-under-the-nails trades; regular plumbers, carpenters, contractors, etc. but most likely by high-end real estate brokers in their designer heels and socially-minded celebrities. Owing some halo effect for their fashionable eco-conscious and faux-hardworking image.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 11-13-2013 04:08 PM

Basically it would have to be more targetted at the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

botsapper 11-13-2013 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr (Post 399338)
Basically it would have to be more targetted at the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

Gawd, remember when douchebag realtors and arrogant mortgage brokers were the first to drive around the neighborhood in Hummer H2s.

NachtRitter 11-13-2013 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by botsapper (Post 399335)
The first adopters would not be the dirt-under-the-nails trades; regular plumbers, carpenters, contractors, etc. but most likely by high-end real estate brokers in their designer heels and socially-minded celebrities. Owing some halo effect for their fashionable eco-conscious and faux-hardworking image.

What a buyer does with it is irrelevant... if the specs of the Tesla truck are intended to compete with the Ford F-series (per Musk's comment:
Quote:

Musk said the Tesla truck would be modeled on Ford's F-Series in part because of that truck's remarkable popularity.
), then it will need to be able to tow up a grade without the thermal trips cutting the power part way up.

Now if what Musk meant was that it will look like the F-series but not have the capability (for towing, hauling, etc), then I agree that it would be "faux-hardworking image" folks that'll buy it... though if it is known that the truck can't work hard, then maybe not...


Quote:

Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr
Basically it would have to be more targetted at the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

Maybe, but both of those still have the ability to tow the same as their less fancy counterparts. Whether they are used to do so doesn't matter.

Daox 11-13-2013 05:27 PM

With a pack that is big enough to haul around a truck for a good amount of miles, towing and power output won't be an issue. The pack will be designed for sustained output of whatever it has. As we know, Tesla isn't afraid of putting a large battery pack in a vehicle.

brucey 11-13-2013 05:51 PM

With luxury pick ups, I can't help but think of the blackwood:

Lincoln Blackwood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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