Elon Musk promises to make a Tesla electric pickup truck, eventually

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he’s “dying to build” an all-electric pickup truck, and hopes to have one in production after building the Model Y, the company’s forthcoming compact SUV crossover.
“I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday, responding to a request from the Vancouver Seed Bank. “Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.”
Pressing for details, one Twitter user asked how the new truck would compare to the Ford F-150.
“Similar total size,” Musk responded. “Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add.”
Automakers sold an estimated 916,000 pickup trucks in the U.S. in November, compared to around 481,000 cars. The F-150 has been America's best-selling vehicle since the 1980s, routinely selling more than 70,000 trucks per month.
But there remain significant hurdles before Tesla can get a pickup on the road.
The company sells three cars, the Model S, Model X and Model 3, and last quarter produced a little over 275 cars per day. By comparison, GM produces more than 8,100 cars per day.
Tesla has promised to produce five additional vehicles: the Semi, the Roadster, Model Y, a pickup truck and a small, self-driving public bus.

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