Tesla truck

Tesla truck

I would like to see tesla introduce a crew cab 4 x 4 truck, the larger platform allows for more battery space, and room to haul 4'x8' sheets of ply wood or tow a boat and maybe a trailer that uses the movement to recapture energy to charge battery's on the trailer that would plug into the truck and increase the range and cargo capacity, the trailer can also be plugged in to charge like the truck

Teslation | 9 May, 2013

Like carrying your own spare battery.

Mmv3 | 9 May, 2013

Exactly. Who else would be interested

Mmv3 | 9 May, 2013

Could even make the trailer push the truck if stuck in mud or snow on a work site

FLsportscarenth... | 9 May, 2013

Have you seen Via Trucks?

BEV competition would not be a bad thing.

Teslation | 10 May, 2013

+1 Haul-Leh-Lulia, (word play-reference: sounds like Alleluia, def: praise).

Mmv3 | 10 May, 2013

Make the trailer a flat bed large enough to carry a model S and allow the car to be pluged into the trailer to charge the car from the trailer, or power the trailer and truck from the car, or motorbike if tesla would make one,

Mmv3 | 10 May, 2013

That would be great take a trip in the truck, towing the trailer with tesla motorbikes or roadster , ride the bikes through the mountains, and recharge the bikes and ride some more, or take the roadster or bikes to the track and recharge from the trailer between laps.

Divinity | 10 May, 2013

I'm glad that i'm not the only one who thought of that, but making a post about this topic as well i've thought of this for a while... Model C the affordable Tesla will come out first, but a truck could get the same mileage if not more as the Model S.
By really just putting a 85kw battery base 100kw upper covering the whole bottom/underside of the truck helping get aerodynamics. And lastly a 125 kw battery having the same 100kw on the bottom and under the bed of the truck a 25 kw battery placed underneath to get the combined 125kw and possibly get the best mileage of any Tesla.
But there is one problem... Unlike the model S the price range of the truck will be alone, and would have to have some pretty fancy things to compensate for this; unless quality and materials go thru the toilet it'd have to be a well.. Super truck

noel.smyth | 11 May, 2013

Electric truck for lawn maintenance service... the large truck battery would also serve to recharge the electric lawn mowers and other trimmers while traveling from one job to the next. Lawn maintenance equipment are huge polluters as there are no air regulations that apply to them and they spew much more pollutants than cars do. and elec mower is much quieter...

sk1656 | 13 May, 2013

I'm definitely sure Tesla will introduce a truck, possibly with the name Model XT, but I don't think we'll see it anytime soon.

Brian H | 13 May, 2013

Elon has mentioned it a few times recently.

danielccc | 13 May, 2013

Trucks are hard.

I know, Musk likes difficult problems.

But it's not just technical. Truck buyers are often rural and depend on their vehicles for work. This makes them very cautious, loyal, conservative buyers. It's hard to get them to move from Ford to GM. Toyota has been having a hard time making headway with the Tundra, even though by most accounts it's an excellent truck, and they have spent hundreds of millions on it.

And there are technical issues as well. Trucks have awful aerodynamic drag, so their highway range would be limited. I would also guess that a full size truck would have very low commonality of parts with the Model S. And trucks have to be able to take serious physical abuse. I am not sure Tesla has a natural affinity for this market with its California design culture, so it would take extra work and time for them to get it right.

Remember, this being Tesla, the task would be to rethink the truck from a clean sheet, and to do so in a way that would appeal to truck buyers, not Silicon Valley nerds. Not impossible, but very hard. Has Musk ever owned a truck? Has von Holzhausen? Blankenship? I doubt there has been a single truck between them, and I'll throw in Straubel for bonus points.

I'd rather see Tesla first pick off the low-hanging fruit on the Model S platform. A coupe (the BMW 6 series equivalent), a convertible, and a "short S" (a slightly narrower, foot shorter Model S optimized for Europe and Asia), as well as the X and its variants. Even an S platform supercar looks like a better fit from their current position, with higher probabilities of success than trucks.

abrahambeckers | 14 May, 2013

You would not be able to charge your battery through the wiring on your 4-way trailer connector. than your truck has a 7-way connector, but you could maintain the power to the battery but not charge it.You need to connect the appropriate wires.
1) White is ground,
2) Yellow is left turn and brake,
3) Green is right turn and brake, and
4) Black is the hot lead that you will tap into later.
If your trailer does not have brakes or reverse lights you would not connect these pins.

Mmv3 | 15 May, 2013

It would not have a standard 4 or 7 pin connector for the power that part would have to be a tesla super connector, one that can transfer large amounts of energy to be able to charge from the trailer, u need an open mind and imagination to be able to completely re think the ability s of the truck and trailer combo.