Elon Musk Tweets Tesla Pickup Coming After Model Y
Elon Musk likes to tweet. He also likes to make grand promises. But unlike other billionaire geniuses with a space company, Musk tends to fulfill his grandiose promises – at least in due time. The latest on Elon’s long list is an all-electric pickup truck from Tesla. Musk recently responded to questions on Twitter about the truck, saying, “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after the Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost five years. Am dying to build it.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Elon say something about a Tesla pickup. The first official rambling from Elon came in January of 2016 when he said in an on-camera interview, “Yeah, I think it’s quite likely we’ll do a truck in the future.” He officially confirmed a Tesla pickup during the debut of the Tesla Semi and Roadster back November 2017. However, the rendering images of that truck show it being very large like a medium-duty truck rather than something found in your neighbor’s driveway.
Must took to Twitter shortly after tweeting the statement above to clarify the Tesla truck’s size. When asked if it would be similar to the Ford F-150, Elon replied by saying, “Similar total size. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d Like to add.” As for the when, reports suggest the Model Y, a compact crossover, will debut sometime in 2018. If that’s the case, we could see a Tesla pickup by 2020. As for what that game-changing feature could be, anyone’s guess is as good as ours.
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Is This Tesla’s Upcoming Semi-Truck?
Talk of Tesla’s all-electric semi-truck is gaining steam thanks to a Reddit user who posted a photo that appears to show an uncamouflaged prototype loaded on a flatbed trailer. The photo, first reported by electrik, is in an undisclosed and unknown location in California, though the Reddit user says it’s an area Tesla is known to conduct testing. Beyond that, the details are few. However, this still remains the world’s first view of what’s likely Tesla’s latest project.
Adding fuel to the flame (or charge to the batteries), the truck looks very similar to the teaser photo Tesla’s Elon Musk tweeted back in April. Front its tall height to its shapely finders and LED headlights, this truck is certainly similar to Elon’s dimly lit teaser image. Assuming this is the Tesla truck, its unconventional shape is definitely not similar to any semi-truck on the road today. Of course, that’s because the Tesla semi doesn’t have an internal combustion engine and therefore doesn’t need a huge hood or massive grille. Rather, Tesla’s truck features a long, sloping windshield that matches the sloping nose. Naturally, the truck is designed to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible. The truck even has an aerodynamic cab topper that helps divert air around the trailer. It’s seen sitting a few yards behind.
While Tesla has not released any specs on its upcoming heavy hauler, we know it will use large banks of batteries to power multiple electric motors. Its torque rating is expected to be well in excess of a conventional semi truck’s turbodiesel (which is usually between 1,000 and 1,4000 pound-feet), giving it more than enough grunt to pull the standard 80,000-pound trailer. Range will be the Tesla Semi’s biggest factor. Insideevs.com speculated the Tesla will need a 1,200-kWh battery in order to travel 600 miles. That’s roughly 12 times the size in a P100D and double its range.
Thankfully, we won’t have to speculate much longer. Tesla is scheduled to debut its semi-truck on October 26, 2017, so long as it doesn’t postpone the event as it did for the September debut. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the latest.
Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video
The latest episode of Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head is quite the battle of braun. It’s the lightening quick Tesla Model X P90D pitted against Bentely’s newest model – the 600-horsepower, W-12 monster called the Bentayga. It’s certainly a fight for the ages… or at least in the high-end luxury SUV world.
A quick refresher on the contenders: The Bentley’s aforementioned W-12 produces a whopping 664 pound-feet of torque, which sends it down the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 117.1 mph after hitting 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Those are supercar numbers, mind you. The Tesla is equally impressive, with its dual electric motors making a combined 532 horsepower and a crazy 713 pound-feet of torque. And as we all know, electric vehicles make 100 percent of its torque at zero rpm. Both vehicles send power to all four wheels, making grip less of a factor.
The Bentayga’s gas-sucking engine makes up for the Tesla’s whisper-quiet demeanor with loud exhaust tones and quick shifts from its ZF eight-speed automatic. The Tesla, on the other hand, provides the ultimate luxury – the self-driving “autopilot” feature.
Though both vehicles have their talking points, one thing is for sure: the Tesla is fast. Motor Trend even pitted it against the well-renowned Alfa-Romeo 4C in a drag race – with another Alfa 4C on a flatbed trailer hitched to the Model X. If that’s not an impressive drag race, I don’t know what is.
So, before I spoil any of the results, be sure to watch the video in HD and full screen nodes. It’s 22 minutes you’ll enjoy.