Planned Tesla Pickup Is Definitely No Match for the Ford F-150!
Elon Musk reveals plans to build an F-150-fighting Tesla pickup. Here’s why it poses absolutely no threat to Ford’s world-beater.
Tesla co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk has never hidden the fact that he wants to build an all-electric pickup. In fact, he first hinted at his interest in a Tesla pickup way back in July of 2016 as part of a revised “master plan” for the company. But the latest clue came about in a Twitter exchange brought about after Musk asked his millions of followers what the company could do to improve. Of course, it didn’t take long for someone to politely ask the burning question, nor for Musk to reply.
I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017
The Model Y, of course, is Tesla’s compact SUV due sometime in 2019, which means that as soon as 2020, the possibility of a fully-electric Tesla pickup might become a reality. This, on the heels of Tesla’s announcement that they will build a commercial semi, which is all fine and good, of course. Until Musk went on to say that the truck would be similar to or “slightly bigger” than the Ford F-150, “to account for a really game-changing (I think) feature I’d like to add.”
It’s no surprise that Musk would target the world’s best-selling truck when developing his own, of course. But let’s be honest: Ford fans have nothing to worry about here. For starters, Tesla has struggled to produce a reliable product to date, with countless known issues along the way.
Ford fans have nothing to worry about. For starters, Tesla has struggled to produce a reliable product and is having a hard time delivering on its promise to mass-produce anything.
Plus, Tesla is having a hard time delivering on its promise to mass-produce anything. Just look at how they’ve handled the bungled Model 3 situation so far.
We certainly give credit to Musk for making his dream and electric cars a truly viable reality, which is something that even many long-established manufacturers have thus far failed to do. But everyone else has tried to chip away at the F-150’s dominance for decades now. And no one has come close. There is certainly a place for a Tesla pickup in this world, but it’ll never be an F-150 fighter. Ford is simply too established and too far ahead both as a company and a builder of trucks.