One idea for Tesla's "new kind" of truck
Of all the things Elon Musk announced that are included in the second part of Tesla’s master plan, by far the most intriguing - and likely to be the most lucrative - is that the automaker will soon produce “a new kind of pickup truck.”
It's a rather opaque statement from a company that’s usually so transparent. Then again, its thought development hasn’t even started yet, so maybe Musk doesn’t quite know himself exactly what the truck will be, yet.
For now, then, it’s open to interpretation. And here’s one interpretation frpm designer Jason McGinnity, dubbed Tesla Allterrain. McGinnity is well-placed to speculate, having served an internship at the Tesla Design Studio.
As you can see, McGinnity has imagined the Tesla pickup as an ultra-rugged, off-road utility vehicle; a Tesla mashed up with a Jeep Wrangler, if you will. Big tires and long shocks speak to serious rough road ability, which would be helped by the low centre of gravity Tesla’s chassis/battery pack produces.
Without an engine at the front, there’s space for a small load bay which McGinnity has used to house the spare wheel. The doors and C-pillars are removable as well, to reduce weight. Two battery "backpacks" strapped to the rear can supplement the main batteries if needed - you really don’t want to run out of charge in the wilderness.