Musk announced plans for a Tesla pickup truck as far back as April 2017, saying in a Twitter post that the vehicle would be unveiled “in 18 to 24 months” — he later followed up to say the truck would be made “right after” the firm builds its Model Y SUV.
The electric vehicle manufacturer unveiled early sketches of what the pickup truck would look like last November, at an event held by the firm where it unveiled its semitruck and Roadster sports car.
Now, Musk has come out with some more details about the vehicle, telling Recode’s Kara Swisher during a podcast that it will be “like a really futurist-like cyberpunk, ‘Blade Runner’ pickup truck.”
Musk was a little less forthcoming when asked about the truck’s target market, saying, “It’s something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. If there’s only a small number of people that like that truck, I guess we’ll make a more conventional truck in the future.” Earlier this year, the Tesla boss spoke about the truck on Twitter, and described how it will be an all-wheel-drive “with crazy torque.”
Pickup truck will have power outlets allowing use of heavy duty 240V, high power tools in field all day. No generator needed.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 26, 2018
It’s the product the Tesla CEO is “personally most fired up about,” he said in his interview with Swisher.
Asked about whether the vehicle would fly with consumers, Musk said: “You know, I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not, but I don’t care.”
He added: “I mean I do care, eventually, you know. Like sure, I care. We wanna get gasoline, diesel pickup trucks off the road.”
Tesla’s boss also spoke about the company’s upcoming four-seater sports car, the Roadster, boasting the vehicle would be “the fastest sports car on every dimension.”
Read the interview in full here and let us know what you think of Musk’s pickup truck in the comments.