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Elon Musk’s Bold Claims for Tesla Truck


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Elon Musk and Tesla are back on the scene with a new electric truck design, while rival electric truck company, Rivian, sets the stage for what EVs can do for the future of work, play, and adventure. With Rivian already in prototype stage, Tesla is revving up to produce its electric pickup just in time to outprice Rivian and be the first to serve the market a futuristic style truck. 

All the Details About Tesla’s New Truck

Despite some downhill moments at Tesla over the last few months, Elon Musk is still churning up new ideas to bring the future to life. Tesla’s new truck design is said to be something you’ve only seen in movies. Musk flashed a photo after his Model Y presentation to peak interest and stir up the masses about Tesla’s latest development on the ever-promised electric truck.


As you can see, Tesla’s truck won’t look like anything you’ve seen on the road. With the futuristic design that reminds us of the classic movies Blade Runner or TRON, Musk is aware that this vehicle may not be for everyone, but for those who want to see the future of trucks today. Here’s everything you need to know about Musk’s proposed Tesla pickup truck. 


What naturally comes with Tesla’s futuristic designs is a heavy price tag, but with this truck, your wallet won’t be as offended as you think. Musk estimates the maximum MSRP to be $49,000, which is well under the price of rival electric company trucks like Rivian who estimate their prices to be at $70,000 MSRP for a base model. Musk says Tesla was intentional with the cost as he wants Tesla trucks to be competitively priced alongside other truck models on the market. 


For many Tesla and truck enthusiasts, the wildest part of Tesla’s new truck innovation wasn’t just the price point or the design. What packed the most punch was a quote from Elon Musk himself, “This will be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911. That’s the aspiration.”  

“This will be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911. That’s the aspiration.”
– Elon Musk

How can one vehicle, and an electric truck at that, be better than a Ford F-150 in functionality while outperforming the power, 443 horsepower to be exact, and handling of a Porsche? Elon Musk didn’t give any details as to how this will ultimately work which, naturally, left the truck community skeptical.



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Despite the lack of confidence from the public, Musk hasn’t re-entered the conversation to make any more or fewer claims about the Tesla pickup. And with most Tesla releases, Tesla addicts and fans everywhere understand that Musk said those characteristics are an “aspiration,” not a guarantee. But with Musk and Tesla, the sky is never the limit. We’ll just have to wait and see. 

In other more realistic news, the Tesla pickup will come with all the bells and whistles and then some. Not only will these trucks have the tech Tesla is known for, but they will also have up to 6 seats and a solid 400-500 mile range from one full charge. If you’ve got your eye on this truck for work purposes all Tesla pickup trucks will have AWD and a 240-volt hookup for heavy-duty tools, which makes it a good prospect for people looking at other electric vehicles.

Head-To-Head: Tesla vs. Rivian 

How will Tesla’s new pickup stack up to its competitors? Currently, there are only a handful of companies stepping their toes into the electric truck market. One of those companies is Tesla’s newest competitor, Rivian, as mentioned above. Both Tesla and Rivian are headed in the same direction with their trucks, but the differences between the two vehicles will make it difficult for truck lovers to choose one. Take a closer look at how Tesla and Rivian are going head to head with their upcoming truck models.


Tesla Truck Stats: 

  • $50,000 Max MSRP or less 
  • 400-500 mile range on one charge 
  • 300,000 lb towing capacity 
  • Unknown Speed 
  • Unknown Wading Depth
  • Unknown HP

Rivian Truck Stats: 

  • $70,000 Base MSRP 
  • 400 mile range on one charge 
  • 5,000 lb towing capacity 
  • 0-60 mph in 3 seconds 
  • 3 feet of wading depth 
  • 750 HP

While Rivian is hitting the market with a decently priced electric off-road truck, Tesla is upping the ante on what we can get for our dollars when it comes to an electric truck, even if it’s not something we can see on the horizon just yet. 

What do you think about Tesla’s innovation? Can Elon Musk and his team bring to life the truck of the future? Tell us what you think in the comments below! 

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Erin Maxson

Erin loves nothing more than a good road trip. To her, getting behind the wheel is one of the biggest adventures you can take because it can lead to anywhere. Alongside her Toyota Tundra, you'll find her co-pilot pup, Rory, and a 1976 Airstream Argosy in tow. Her motto: Life is a scenic road, take your time and enjoy the ride.

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    Luke Volden June 10, 2019

    Should be interesting to see what this looks like!

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      Carsforsale.com Team June 10, 2019


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