Pretty Sure We've Got The 'Tesla Truck' Figured Out

Image by the author. It’s a Tesla face on a Honda Ridgeline. Get it?
Image by the author. It’s a Tesla face on a Honda Ridgeline. Get it?
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Ever since Elon Musk mentioned making “a new kind of pickup truck” in Tesla’s revised master plan the internet has been alight with speculation on the design. Step back, I’ve got this figured out.

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What do we know about the hypothetical electric-powered pickup? Well so far nothing, including its actual viability or whether Musk will simply stop answering questions about it at some point.

Truck Trend has probably put the most effort into analyzing a potential Tesla Truck design (they want it to be called “Model U”) with a whole big render gallery and write-up.

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(Illustration credit: Kris Horton. Used with permission from Truck Trend.)
(Illustration credit: Kris Horton. Used with permission from Truck Trend.)

Truck Trend’s analysis speculates that the pickup will have a low load-tray and a highly useful “frunk” like the one our own Jason Torchinsky imagined a few years ago.

Automotive illustrator Theo Chin cooked up a render as well. So did TopSpeed:

(Image shared with permission from Mike Allen/TopSpeed)
(Image shared with permission from Mike Allen/TopSpeed)
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I noticed a common thread between all these fantasy trucks– they all look like the Honda Ridgeline with a Tesla face.

A Honda Ridgeline.

With a Tesla face.

It’s so simple.

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The Ridgeline has been such a popular platform for unsolicited “Tesla truck” concepts because it speaks to the same “non truck owner-friendly” mentality that most of us expect Tesla to.

Prevailing lore is that a Tesla pickup will be low and sleek, to focus on practicality. I hope they’re dreaming a little bigger. Or smaller. What about a Sambar-sized EV, Elon?

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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Garland - Last Top Comment on Splinter

Bleh. Tesla face pasted on a regular truck. This is one place where they should go unconventional. No engine means no need for conventional nose and no interior penalty for going COE. Adding a couple feet to the bed (without adding overall length to the truck) is far more useful than a frunk. Also the lack of conventional drivetrain means they can do cool things like this: