Was surfing for new information on this vehicle. Ideally it is released fairly soon, before I have to replace my aging and nearly worn out 97 V10 Dodge 2500 4x4. That vehicle cost $36.5k back in the summer of '96, back when gas was under $1/gal and when new it got around 10mpg - 14 mpg if you could keep above 90mph in the motor's powerband... Today, after a motor rebuild that truck gets maybe 9mpg.
Now it was my daily driver for 20 years, but it was getting tired and into the mechanical unreliability phase that is unsuitable for your ride to work. Last year I moved outside the city and my commute to work went from 10 miles one way to 30 miles. I knew I needed to get something with better mileage and while looking at various cars curiously decided to see what used Model S were selling for (back when they were released I was dismayed because the new cost was just too high to manage with other costs like mortgage etc on my income at the time). Well I found one for about half the new cost with 77k miles on it. I have been driving that P85 for a year and a half and almost 30k miles, its been great. And at current gas prices saves me about $5500 a year over driving my truck to work.
This week, my wife just put a deposit down on a Model X. Now, she does like the vehicle, but she is really expense shy despite the fact that its fairly well within our income levels. Fairly sure she'll go thru with it, though a day later she is having a buyer's remorse panic attack "What if I can't make it to work and back on a charge?", "I don't want to have to stop to charge.", and "I don't want the attention". I calculate that her 85 miles one way trip to her two day shift even with a 50% increase in power consumption in cold weather gives her 40 miles spare range, but as some of you know, emotional response and logic don't occupy the same temporal space.
Anyway, we're a family that has (within a couple weeks) 2 Tesla vehicles.
However, I still need a truck. Not want, need. This is still America, I live on acreage in the country, have things to haul I won't put in my S or the wife's X. Like crushed rock, logs, equipment, ATVs, 6 hyper shepherds. And we have a son about 4 years from driving and with eyes on my Model S for his first car. I figure by then Tesla will have that pickup on the market, I will hopefully be happy with it's capabilities to fill the role a family pickup does (ie, carry up to 6 people, or dogs as well as tow & carry stuff). Then, I can get that truck, the kid get's the then 9 year old Model S, my old truck gets donated to the gun range (and I get a lifetime membership) and everyone is happy.
So, tldr/ Can we get a forum to discuss this upcoming product and have official release information posted so we can stay up to date?