Tesla’s Elon Musk Promises a Pickup Truck

Even as Tesla struggles to deliver its entry-level Model 3 sedan to consumers amid plans to produce a compact SUV, an electric semi, and a new Roadster, CEO Elon Musk is adding yet another vehicle to the company's promised lineup.

Responding to a wishful tweet from a Canadian marijuana-seed vendor who said, "need an electric pickup truck please," Musk pledged on Twitter that his Palo Alto electric car company would grant the Vancouver Seed Bank's wish.

"I promise that we will make a pickup truck," Musk tweeted Dec. 26. "Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it."

Musk said in his tweet that the pickup would come "right after" the Model Y, which is to be a compact electric SUV, and is tentatively scheduled to go into production in mid-2019.

The flamboyant CEO's pickup-truck confirmation follows his teaser from a July 2016 "master plan" document, in which he referred to a "new kind of pickup truck." In April, Musk had tweeted that the pickup would be unveiled within 18 to 24 months.

After responding to the Vancouver Seed Bank -- a company managed by a former would-be socialist politician who quit his Canadian federal candidacy over a video showing him dropping LSD -- Musk gave some good news to a Twitter user who asked him if the pickup would be as large as, or larger than, the ubiquitous Ford F-150 truck.

"Similar total size," Musk tweeted. "Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I'd like to add."

According to Ford, a standard F-150 is about 18 feet long, seven feet wide and about six feet tall.

Another Twitter user chimed in with hopes that the Tesla pickup's purported game-changing feature would be a toilet.

Revelation of the apparently concrete plans for the pickup came...

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