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Tesla Planning to Make a Pickup Truck After ‘Model Y’

On Twitter Tuesday, the electric vehicle maker’s CEO Elon Musk said he’s eager to build one.

“I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y,” Musk wrote. The Model Y is an all-electric crossover expected to go into production in 2018.

On the topic of a pickup, Musk wrote that he’s “had the core design/engineering elements” in mind “for almost five years.”

“Am dying to build it,” he added.

Earlier that day, Musk had asked his followers how Tesla can improve, prompting one user to suggest the company make a pickup. The CEO added that the Tesla pickup will be “similar” in size to the Ford F150.

Meanwhile, Tesla recently branched out from sedans and SUVs with an all-electric semi truck that promises to deliver a 500-mile range on a single charge while carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo loaded in the back. While carrying all that weight, the Semi can reach speeds of 65mph up a 5 percent grade climb (diesel trucks only manage 45mph) and out-accelerate a diesel truck regardless of the weight being carried, according to Tesla. It also boasts safety features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated lane guidance, and a forward-collision warning system.

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