A Tesla Pickup Truck? Believe It. Here's When You Should Expect One

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The co-founder of Tesla and Space X and the Boring Company did it again this week when he announced vague plans for Tesla to make a pickup truck after the Model Y. He tweeted that the company would start production on the pick-up truck after Tesla finishes the Model Y SUV.

"I have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for nearly five years", he added. "Am dying to build it", Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

The Model Y is a compact crossover based on the Model 3, and is set to go on sale in 2019 or 2020.

In terms of size, the pickup truck would be comparable or slightly bigger than Ford's F-150. He did not offer any more specifics on the feature. His ideas have been vital in paving the way to a world of autonomous cars, among a long list of other innovations.

The Model 3 is crucial to Tesla, and 2018 may be a "make-or-break" year for the company, USA Today suggested Wednesday. The tweet hit a sweet spot for people who are fans of both Tesla and pickups, scratching an itch that has generated a number of theoretical renderings of what a Tesla pickup truck might be like - including a complete photo gallery.

Tesla via Electrek
Tesla via Electrek

And prior to the unveiling of the Tesla Semi, Musk responded to a request on Twitter for a light duty pickup by saying: "What if we just made a mini version of the Tesla Semi?"

Tesla's nearly certainly going to highlight where Model 3 production stands in the upcoming release of its Q4 financials.

Now, boutique investment bank KeyBanc Capital Markets is predicting fourth-quarter Model 3 production will amount to a paltry one-third of the bank's earlier prediction of 15,000 vehicles produced in the period, Reuters reported Wednesday.

However, many point out that Musk's ambitions contrast with Tesla's recent performance.

According to Bloomberg, Tesla is on course to exhaust its cash reserve by next year unless they slow down its losses or raise fresh funds.

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