Nobody in tech can stir up their fan base with a single tweet like Elon Musk.
Earlier this year, Musk had said that the auto company planned to show off an electric pickup sometime within the next couple of years. Ford sold 807,379 F-series trucks in the first 11 months of 2017, making it the best-selling vehicle in the United States of America, ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Pickup trucks.
Tesla shares opened the trading session lower on Wednesday after analysts from KeyBanc Capital Markets said the company was likely to deliver around 5,000 Model 3 sedans in the fourth quarter, according to Reuters.
Tesla's concept of a pickup truck that's large enough to carry a traditional pickup truck on its bed will be arriving after Model Y.
"I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for nearly five years". "Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for nearly 5 years".
He must first sort out the problems with the Model 3 (and that is crucial because the same problems, if not solved, will render the Model Y a non-starter), get the crossover into production, find somebody to build the semi truck and, set up a production line for the Roadster - all at the same time, over the next few years.
When asked if the pickup truck would be similar in size to the F-150, Musk replied: "Similar total size".
The entrepreneur also added that Tesla's cars would feature windshield wipers that change speed based on the intensity of precipitation "very soon" and that sustainable energy production with solar batteries would be a big focus for the company in 2018, along with "remaining Model 3 ramp". The CEO didn't elaborate on what the feature would be.