There’s been a lot of confusion about Tesla’s pickup truck. It seemed to be in line to be made, but after the announcement of the Roadster 2.0 and the impending arrival of the upcoming Model Y, its fate was left up in the air. Luckily, Elon Musk took to the Twitter to clear up the situation as he tends to do.
In a response to a question on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the plans for the pick up truck, confirming it is still going to be made, it’ll just happen after the Model Y. Here is Musk’s 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
With the “core design/engineering elements” somewhat in place (in Musk’s mind), this bodes well for the pickup truck. So far, everything Musk has set his mind on, he has managed to create. After the semi truck, the next thing to be made will be the Model Y, which will be a smaller SUV based on the Model 3 platform. While the Model Y gets figured out, the Roadster 2.0 will also be worked on, but won’t necessitate the resources a mass vehicle like the Model 3 or Model Y does.
The Model Y will most likely be announced within the next year, with its release coming one to two years after that if it follows the same roadmap the Model 3 did. That means a release date coming as early as 2019, but most likely 2020.
Tesla will shift its focus to the pickup truck after the Model Y. By our best guess, that means we won’t see the pickup truck possibly until 2021. So it is coming, just not anytime soon.