The Tesla pickup truck will make its official debut on November 21st during a special event in California near the SpaceX rocket factory, company CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a tweet sent out last week.
In the same tweet, the inventor and executive also referred to the Tesla pickup as the ‘Cybertruck’ and later said the planned debut date was reminiscent of the film Blade Runner, which was set in November 2019. Musk previously said that he thought the so-called Cybertruck was Tesla’s “best product ever.”
Tesla is targeting a starting price of less than $50,000 for its first-ever pickup truck. It will likely come standard with a dual-motor setup, making it all-wheel drive, and will also have “incredible functionality from a load-carrying standpoint,” according to Musk. The entrepreneur has also claimed the truck will “look pretty sci fi.”
The Tesla pickup will eventually go up against the fully electric GMC truck that General Motors is working on, along with other pickups like the electric Ford F-150 and Rivian R1T. It’s not clear when the GM electric pickup may arrive, though company president Mark Reuss previously said that bringing it to market would take some time. The truck will go into production at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, as per the automaker’s new national agreement with the UAW, where it may be built next to other large electric vehicle offerings from the automaker, including an electric Hummer SUV.
By all accounts, GM will be late to the electric pickup party – though this perhaps isn’t such a bad thing when you consider that U.S. charging infrastructure still leaves much to be desired and that the real demand for an electric pickup is still a bit of an unknown. The rollout of the Tesla pickup, along with other offerings like the Rivian R1T and electric Ford F-150, may allow GM to gauge interest in such products and plan its own launch accordingly.
We’ll have full details on the Tesla pickup truck once they become available later this month.
Source: Ford Authority