During a twitter-based Q&A, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk promised to bring a Ford F-Truck electric vehicle rival to market along with a host of upgrades to the US brand’s current model range.
Among the improvements that will be brought to Teslas via an over-the-air firmware download are upgrades to maps and navigation, general system browsing, and the long-awaited addition of rain-sensing wipers.
When asked about the previously hinted fully-electric pick-up utility that would be based on the Model X platform, Musk guaranteed it would come soon.
“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.”
Musk also said its new pick-up would be similar in size to Ford’s F-150 truck while suggesting it might carry a larger payload which would – as with most of Tesla’s new model launches – provide a game-changing feature.
“Similar total size [to a F-150]. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add.”
However, Tesla will need to produce its unannounced Model Y first that's expected to be a compact SUV based on the Model 3 sedan and slated to arrive around 2019 to 2020.
But Tesla’s primary focus for now is boosting production of its Model 3, which had over 500,000 pre-orders yet delivered just 220 models last quarter. It comes on the back of Tesla’s biggest ever quarterly loss announcement but it plans to ramp up production of the small sedan to 5000 units per month by March next year.
“Sustainable energy production with solar and batteries will grow much faster than auto on a percentage basis. That will be a big focus next year, with primary remaining Model 3 ramp,” said Musk.
Tesla also needs to figure out production of its recently announced new semi-truck and roadster, adding pressure on the young auto maker to meet expectations which was a trash-talking point for BMW at this year’s LA motor show.
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