"Like a fine Detroit wine, this vehicle has aged to budgetary perfection"
Im trying to think of anyway that I can believe this happening, but I cant. Unless there is a breakthrough battery technology there is no way that he can bring a truck to market at a price that people will buy it at.
Trucks are much less aerodynamic than cars, therefore negating some of the range, on top of that they are heavier to accept payload.
Yeah sorry Elon, unless you are making a showcase sport truck like an SVT ford lightning, I dont believe you. Also I really dont think that you will come in at a 30-40k price point where regular pickup truck drivers would buy it.
(begin pie-in-the-sky daydreaming)
HOWEVER: I don't see why a Volt-style electric-with-range-extender drivetrain wouldn't work for a full-size truck.
- Payload is mostly in the frame, not the drivetrain (i.e. the real work is in holding up 5,000# -- moving it forward is relatively easy).
- Electric motors can deliver high torque as long as there is electricity to supply them.
- They have all the room in the world for large amounts of battery and a range extender/generator under the hood/chassis.
- How awesome would it be to get even say, 35mpg avg. in a full-size truck?
Hey, GM -- throw Voltec in a Silverado. DO IT!
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I think he's looking at the mini truck market, which has been completely neglected for YEARS by the major manufacturers, and seeing big time opportunity.
It's a totally underserved market that has experienced ZERO innovation over the last decade. It is ripe for Tesla to turn it on it's head.
They'll probably be able to do it, no problem.
...but towing 5000lbs, it's going to have a 15 km range.
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.
Maybe it's just me, but given how that article only mentions the whole EV truck idea in the last paragraph... it leads me to believe that Musk has no real plans on an EV truck (or a Texas Plant for said truck) in the works at all.
The subject of the article was NOT the truck, but rather Tesla's quest for amending the Texas (and other states) law that prevents MFRs from selling their products directly to consumers. IMHO... the principle reason for him to even suggest (because the whole suggestion sounds merely theoretical and not anywhere near serious business proposal) this Truck and 2nd plant was to help motivate/convince/bribe Texas to open their laws so his 2nd highest potential sales market can gain traction (i.e. It's all about negotiations... the sell!).
Think about it...
1) Tesla is busy with launching the S.
2) Tesla is busy trying to sustain enough investment/profit in order to kick off the crossover.
3) Tesla is busy trying to thwart the franchise laws regarding MFRs selling their products.
4) Tesla is busy making sure all of this can be sustained to get them across their biggest hurdle, which is just staying alive now that they are trying to get beyond their boutique roadster status.
>>>The last thing they need to do is pretend they are looking into a truck AND another plant (i.e. Such suggestions are most likely trying to win favor to overturn the franchise laws.).
An electric truck? "With sports car performance and more towing power than conventional truck?" This is sooooo five-six years ago... These pie-eyed visionaries at Phoenix Motor Cars were looking for investors at the time, flew uber-environmentalist and redoubtable actor Ed Begley to Dallas to introduce the truck, and drove me and other big spenders around in a cobbled-up concept that ran well-enough (for a while) in an attempt to prove viability, and convince us to part with serious money. As I recall, the truck had a projected (and wildly-optimistic in my view) 100-mile range at highway speeds, and only cost $60K. I passed...