Elon Musk talks up Tesla's 'Cyberpunk truck,' and 400-mile range EVs

Lloyd Doyle
June 13, 2019

Musk opened his speech by pointing out that the Model 3 outsells all of its competitors combined (which includes the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Lexus IS), which we've known for a while. "Sales have far exceeded production and production has been pretty good". The pickup was again referred to as a cyberpunk truck, "something that looks like it came out of a sci-fi movie", foreshadowing a design that's expected to be a sharp departure from typical fullsize pickup trucks like the Ford F-150 that it will theoretically compete against.

Musk plans to unveil an electric pickup truck this summer and getting into semi truck production toward the end of next year.

"We might get into the mining business".

A 31% fall in first-quarter deliveries stirred concern among investors over the appetite for Tesla's Model 3 sedans and its cashflow as it invests to ramp-up output and get cars out to customers on time. "There is absolutely not", Musk said.

Musk also suggested they are considering giving Teslas the capability to charge using other high-speed networks, removing the stress of not coming across one of the company's own Supercharger network ports - though it is one of the world's most extensive EV charging networks.

But Elon saved the best for last. Musk didn't specify whether a new model or a rumored revision would reach the 400-mile battery range. "We'll do whatever we have to to ensure that we can scale at the fastest rate possible".

While Musk described the Tesla submarine auto more as an experiment than a production vehicle, he did confirm that designs inspired by James Bond's Lotus Esprit in "The Spy Who Loved Me" does exist within the company; he suggested that it could sooner or later become a show auto.

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