Pickup truck segment won’t be the same anymore when the Tesla introduces its own workhorse. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the arrival of the vehicle a few months ago, yet today we have heard how it might be named the Tesla Pickup Truck. According to the latest reports, it’s going to be the Model U and will be the first ever all-electric pickup truck.
Tesla Pickup Truck: Drivetrain Options and Specs
Even though it’s in the early phase of development, we know some details about the future battery-powered hauler. The Tesla Pickup Truck will reportedly have several different powertrain options. The base model should use a 75D drivetrain, which is currently capable of delivering up to 328 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. This option should get a smaller 120 kWh battery, which is going to enable around 240 miles of driving on a single charge.
The mid-range Tesla Pickup Truck will use a 90D drivetrain system with 417 horsepower and 485 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping Model U should use the impressive P90D system that’s going to produce 532 horsepower and 713 lb-ft of twist. Both the 90D and P90D mills will be mated to a 160 kWh battery pack and both should be able to cross around 400 miles on a single charge. Although pretty massive, the battery won’t take too much space, because the car manufacturer plans to slide it under the pickup’s bed.
The first estimations say that the top-of-the-line Tesla Pickup Truck should be able for a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, while the unloaded vehicle might easily get a 0-60 sprint below 5.0 seconds.
Design and Features
Although highly significant, truck’s powertrains are not the most important parts of the vehicle. No, the Tesla Pickup Truck will also introduce a completely new design of trucks. In contrast to other pickups that share most of the cues, the Model U will show something new. Something you haven’t seen before. Okay, it won’t be the first truck with unibody design because Honda introduced the new Ridgeline. Yet it will deliver a significantly bolder look from the Japanese rival. Plus, the car maker will load it with some technologies which you won’t find anywhere other. There will be the Autopilot and AutoSpotter programs, as well as a high-tech cabin. The dash will feature a button-free instrument panel and a 17-inch touchscreen that controls everything.
Still, the Tesla Pickup Truck will have a one really big flaw, or better to say an issue. It’s going to be priced really high. We don’t know the exact figure, yet the latest reports indicate that the truck should cost $60,000. On the other hand, the topping Model U should start north from $120,000.