A Tesla pickup truck is going to be around us. Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn’t exposed a lot of information about it, however back in April, he stated we could expect it in “18 to 24 months,” which would put the unveil around 2018 or early 2019. For now, other companies are taking initiative to reveal their own electric pickups. Workhorse is taking business orders for its W15 range extended electric work truck, and Havelaar revealed its BisonEV pickup in Canada this spring. Just recently, Bollinger Motors took the covers off its battery-powered B1 sport utility truck, which combines off-road utility with the performance of an electric powertrain. Now Tesla, it appears, has to play catch-up.
However what would a Tesla pickup appear like? The electric automaker has actually made a name for itself by mixing high-end with performance and advanced technology, all things we would expect in a truck offering, also. These renderings from artist Andrei Avarvarii give us a glance of how Tesla pickup could search in the flesh.
Its front fascia mixes a variety of familiar Tesla features, and uses a comparable grille design to that of the pre-facelift model S, though refurbished up a bit with a livelier shape. The headlights are quickly recognizable and the hood is a macho take on the swoopier covers of the current Teslas. An increasing beltline and huge Turbine wheels offer it a distinctly stylish look. The stamped tailgate and flared fenders provide this otherwise mold-breaking truck a whiff of pickup traditionalism.
Obviously, we would anticipate a truck from Tesla to provide different battery capacities. It would also make good sense for it to act as a mobile power device, and we would prefer to see electric outlets in the bed and up in the frunk, where one would obviously keep their Tesla branded power tools.