Friday, November 15, 2013

Tesla May Launch F150-Rivaling Pickup in Five Years’ Time

In a recent brief chat with CNN Money at a Business Insider conference, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked about the company's future plans, and more specifically, about what new models it has in the pipeline.

Currently, the Tesla range is one-sedan-strong, but a second vehicle, the Model X crossover, will be joining it next year, followed at least another year later by their BMW 3-Series rival – the latter is probably the most eagerly awaited, as it’s been pegged to be their most affordable offering.

Now, we learn that in around five years’ time, the South African-born entrepreneur wants Tesla to also start selling a Ford F150-rivaling pickup, but one that like the rest of the cars they sell, would run purely on electricity.

Musk was quoted as saying, "If you're trying to replace the most gasoline miles driven, you have to look at what people are buying. That's the best selling car in America. If people are voting that's their car, then that's the car we have to deliver."

However, five years is a long time to wait for something that could be easily achieved with today’s level of tech, especially since the market does by no means stand still, and some other company, like Bob Lutz’s VIA,  that converts GM trucks into range-extenders could have already filled the niche by then and made a name for itself.

By Andrei Nedelea

Note: Don't take the pictured rendering seriously


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