Elon Musk Thinks He Can Beat Ford at Making Trucks?

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Sometimes people who are very smart say things that sound very dumb.

Elon Musk is a man of brilliance and big ideas, and he is doing everything he can to change the world. But sometimes with excessive money and immense intelligence, you also can come across as a bit of a dolt who has no concept of how the world actually operates. This is quite eloquently pointed out by Musk himself with his plans to build a Tesla pickup truck. And not just any pickup truck, but a truck that will compete directly with the Ford F-150 and offer a “gamechanging” feature.

 Elon Musk

C’mon now, Musk. The Ford F-150 is the game when it comes to full-size trucks. You can’t just magically wave an electric wand and beat America’s best-selling truck.

For starters, Tesla still has a long way to go with learning how to make production cars. The Model S and Model X both have some pretty major fit and finish problems, and the company can barely manage to build the Model 3 in any major capacity. Ford managed to build almost 900,000 F-Series machines in 2017, so if Tesla can’t even build a small sedan, how can the company compete with a production volume like that?

But the biggest hitch in Musk’s idea comes down to those battery packs. A truck is not just a car with a bed on it. A truck is a tool, and it is used by all manner of people in all walks of life. And a lot of those trucks are often summoned for emergency duties.

When a tree falls across the road in a storm in the middle of the night, it’s the pickups and chainsaws that save the day. When your mother has a water pipe burst in her house and you need to help move furniture at a moment’s notice, it’s the trucks that again save the day. Perhaps you have farm work, like a fence repair that can’t wait until morning, so when the sun goes down, you leave the trucks running with the headlights on for hours to get the job finished. We can’t imagine telling some of those people that they need to wait an extra two hours before we arrive because our truck needs to charge up a little more.

Yes, an EV truck makes a lot of sense for towing thanks to all that instant electric torque, but trucks are irreplaceable tools in our world, and those tools need to be ready at a moment’s notice for anything. Requiring a few hours per day tethered to a wall severely limits that usability and practicality for a lot of us.

What do you guys think? Would an electric truck be something that you could actually live with on a daily basis? Sound off in the forum or in the comments below to let us know.

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Christian Moe contributes to many of Internet Brands' Auto blogs, including Corvette Forum, Club Lexus and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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