Elon Musk, Who Hasn't Fixed The Model 3 Yet, Promises Electric Truck Right After Next Other Car

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Beyond issuing a delay of the Model 3 production’s timeline, little has been disclosed about whether Tesla has successfully addressed the bottleneck in the all-electric sedan’s production line. Still, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday to heave another item onto his mountain of promises: Tesla’s all-electric pickup will be made after the Model Y crossover, which nothing more is known than a loose production date of 2019 or 2020.

Deliveries of the Model 3 to non-Tesla employees just started in the last two weeks—a mere six months after “production” began on the sedan. Tesla originally expected to make 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of 2017; it’s now forecasting to hit that total by the end of March. The company has a daunting list of 450,000 Model 3 reservations to churn through, and even bullish analysts of the company expect it to fall well short of Musk’s production goal for 2018 of 500,000 vehicles.


Tesla’s almost certainly going to highlight where Model 3 production stands in the upcoming release of its Q4 financials. But Musk hasn’t said much of anything since the production delay was announced in November. A high-profile event to mark the release of a new Tesla semi (which has hundreds of reservations already with an ambitious production set for 2019) as well as a new Roadster came and went without any additional insight of the all-important Model 3.

Nevertheless, amid a string of tweets with Tesla fans, Musk answered a straightforward statement from someone who pleaded that they “need an electric Pick up truck please.”

Sure thing, Musk says.


It’s unclear where Tesla would build a pickup, let alone the Model Y crossover. The company’s main factory in California is already packed to the brim, and Tesla’s only discussion of building cars elsewhere has entailed a scant reference to a possible plant in China at some point within a few years.

A Tesla spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on where the Model Y will be built and if production is still set to begin as early as 2019.


But despite the lack of specifics, Musk wants you all to know: the pickup is coming, right after the other car is built, which will happen after it’s determined where it’ll be built, sometime, maybe, around 2019/2020, which is when the final Model 3 reservations are supposed to be fulfilled.

For what it’s worth, in the hypothetical world where the pickup is built, Musk says it’ll be a similar size to a F-150, which is more palatable than the silly concept that was shown last month.


UPDATE 5:18 PM: A Tesla spokesperson responded to us, saying “Re: Model Y, we don’t have anything to add beyond Elon’s tweets today.”

Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; Elon Musk is not capable of crafting a single, cohesive, comprehensive strategy and sticking to it. He has great ideas and many of them have value, but he has to learn to not put the cart before the horse. I know that has to be hard given the number of ventures he is responsible for at any given time, but he could, and should, delegate responsibility to other competent managers. To not do so is irresponsible.

I live in a town where Tesla has a strong foothold, but every owner I speak to has a gripe on build quality, and the other manufacturers will be coming out with models that are maybe less cool, but better quality.