Elon Musk promises a Tesla pickup - again

Elon Musk is promising to make an electric pickup -- repeating a pledge he first made in 2013.In a twitter con...

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 12:47 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2017 12:47 PM

Elon Musk is promising to make an electric pickup -- repeating a pledge he first made in 2013.

In a twitter conversation with Tesla fans, one asked Musk for an electric pickup.

"I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it," he responded.

The Model Y is the working name for a lower cost crossover, comparable in price to Tesla's Model 3, or about $35,000. The current Model X crossover typically runs more than $100,000.

Musk has been somewhat vague about the timing of the Model Y. He told investors in May that "we need to come out with the Model Y sometime in 2020 or aspirationally late 2019."

Musk has been talking and tweeting about an electric pickup since at least 2013. He said then he wanted to build a truck to compete with the Ford F150, the best selling vehicle of any kind in the U.S. market every year for the last several decades.

"If you're trying to replace the most gasoline miles driven, you have to look at what people are buying," he said in November 2013. "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." He cautioned then it would probably be about five years before Tesla would offer a pickup.

Related: 2018 will be the year of the electric car

It's not clear how great demand is for an electric plugin pickup. Buyers have remained extremely loyal to Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand.

According to figures from Autodata, Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda and Nissan between them have been able to take only about 14% of the U.S. pickup market, by far their smallest market share of any segment. Other foreign automakers don't even offer a pickup in the United States.

Related: Should Elon Musk merge Tesla and SpaceX?

In November, Tesla unveiled plans for a semi-truck, which it said it will start producing in 2019.

The ever-ambitious Musk has been overly optimistic time and time again about when he would be able to deliver on his promises.

He said earlier this year he expected to make 1,500 of the Model 3 in the third quarter. Instead the company made only 260. He also predicted 5,000 by the end of the year.

But Tesla has bucked some of the naysayers who never thought it would get this far in its quest to bring electric cars to the masses. And Musk took time to thank his fans with his Tuesday tweets.

"Wanted again to send a note of deep gratitude to Tesla owners [worldwide] for taking a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail," he tweeted. "So much blood, sweat & tears from the Tesla team went into creating cars that you'd truly love. I hope you do."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 446380

Reported Deaths: 5995
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin927471474
Ramsey39820736
Dakota32876338
Anoka30877363
Washington20066227
Stearns17813187
St. Louis13609241
Scott1191796
Wright11570104
Olmsted1041375
Sherburne818965
Carver692436
Clay650280
Rice604168
Kandiyohi553471
Blue Earth538933
Crow Wing481374
Otter Tail454466
Chisago450832
Benton418685
Winona387246
Douglas373466
Nobles368746
Mower363329
Goodhue345358
Polk327956
McLeod324245
Morrison311144
Beltrami309447
Lyon300636
Becker284139
Itasca284043
Isanti281641
Carlton278543
Steele27229
Pine266013
Freeborn243420
Todd231630
Nicollet223836
Brown214534
Mille Lacs213646
Le Sueur208815
Cass207323
Meeker199233
Waseca188916
Wabasha16953
Martin169326
Roseau165416
Hubbard149238
Redwood139527
Renville137139
Houston135613
Dodge13384
Chippewa130932
Cottonwood126818
Fillmore12245
Wadena119616
Rock109712
Sibley10837
Aitkin107633
Watonwan10638
Faribault104616
Pennington98815
Kanabec97418
Pipestone93923
Yellow Medicine93514
Murray8785
Jackson85210
Swift83118
Pope7375
Marshall70315
Stevens6978
Clearwater68514
Lac qui Parle65716
Lake63215
Wilkin6229
Koochiching59310
Lincoln4821
Big Stone4553
Unassigned43668
Grant4298
Norman4238
Mahnomen4107
Kittson37219
Red Lake3164
Traverse2503
Lake of the Woods1901
Cook1140

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 303464

Reported Deaths: 4269
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk45396448
Linn17695274
Scott15387163
Black Hawk13659236
Woodbury12953175
Johnson1204749
Dubuque11312150
Pottawattamie8942112
Dallas882171
Story863834
Webster467571
Cerro Gordo463568
Sioux453756
Clinton448861
Warren438838
Marshall425761
Buena Vista391929
Muscatine386777
Des Moines380941
Plymouth348968
Wapello341698
Jasper320458
Lee314430
Marion302152
Jones270449
Henry263430
Carroll253434
Bremer242248
Crawford228522
Boone216417
Washington214531
Benton208844
Jackson191131
Mahaska190736
Tama185857
Dickinson184226
Delaware172336
Kossuth171343
Clay166019
Wright163024
Fayette160022
Buchanan158323
Hamilton157929
Winneshiek155119
Harrison154762
Hardin154229
Cedar151819
Clayton150748
Butler146824
Page143715
Cherokee138227
Floyd138036
Mills136016
Lyon133832
Poweshiek132424
Hancock129024
Allamakee126927
Iowa123922
Calhoun12209
Grundy120226
Jefferson119524
Madison11899
Winnebago118529
Mitchell115734
Louisa114330
Cass112641
Chickasaw110612
Sac110615
Emmet110331
Appanoose109838
Union108122
Humboldt104219
Guthrie102424
Franklin101618
Shelby101426
Unassigned9160
Palo Alto9019
Keokuk84325
Montgomery84022
Howard82819
Monroe80818
Clarke7847
Pocahontas77211
Ida74030
Davis68921
Greene6887
Adair68620
Lucas6488
Osceola6349
Monona63316
Worth5993
Taylor5919
Fremont5046
Van Buren49412
Decatur4804
Ringgold4269
Wayne41421
Audubon4118
Adams2953
Rochester/St. Mary'S
Cloudy
24° wxIcon
Hi: 19° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 15°
Mason City
Cloudy
23° wxIcon
Hi: 29° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 14°
Albert Lea
Cloudy
21° wxIcon
Hi: 23° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 21°
Austin
Cloudy
23° wxIcon
Hi: 22° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 16°
Charles City
Cloudy
21° wxIcon
Hi: 27° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 14°
A big temperature swing is on the way
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events