Published on June 13th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor0
Tesla Fan Illustrates Elon Musk’s Vision For A Futuristic Cyberpunk Truck
June 13th, 2019 by Guest Contributor
At Tesla’s Shareholder Meeting, Elon Musk said the company’s pickup truck will look “cyberpunk” like it’s come from a “sci-fi movie.” He added, “We’re trying to create something new and it’s not just basically a copy of the form factor of everything else … I think it’s the coolest car I’ve ever seen.”
In the past, Elon has referenced Blade Runner. A few of the futuristic vehicle designs shown in the original 1982 Blade Runner movie can be viewed on the Best Movie Cars website, or X Auto or EVANNEX.
So, what will the truck actually look like? It turns out that Elon Musk’s mysterious vision for a pickup truck remains a favorite subject of Tesla fans who have the skills to draw, sketch, and CGI. The Tesla pickup truck sketch posted on Reddit by u/greenfruit aligns quite closely with Tesla’s design language (see here).
Of course the base variant of Tesla’s pickup truck could have fewer options than the higher-end variants the automaker currently offers. In keeping with Tesla’s typical launch strategy, it’s likely the base model will be the last variant hitting the production lines.
Musk revealed that the base price of the upcoming Tesla pickup truck will be under $50,000 which is significantly lower than the Rivian R1T going into production (if all goes well) next year, which is supposed to have a starting price of $69,000.
Rivian R1T’s base price does not include the $7,500 federal tax credit or any other credits or rebates available in various states. Meanwhile, it seems Tesla’s under-$50,000 price tag doesn’t include them, but it’s not 100% clear from listening to Musk’s comments on the recent “Ride The Lightning” podcast.
Tesla revealed a teaser image of the Tesla pickup truck at the Model Y unveil event, which went largely unidentified but went viral after Musk tweeted the photo. It basically shows a glowing light slit that probably spans horizontally across the entire front fascia. We can see that light slit drawn in black on the front sketch of the greenfruit’s illustrations.
Tesla also played the ending titles of the movie Blade Runner when showing the Tesla pickup truck teaser at the Model Y unveil, which refers to Musk’s earlier statements that this truck will not be out of place in Blade Runner.
Blade Runner’s street scenes (From YouTube user M Strong).
About a minute in, we flashed a teaser pic of Tesla cyberpunk truck pic.twitter.com/hLsGsdyuGA
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2019
During Tesla’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting, Musk said the reveal of Tesla’s pickup truck is slated (hopefully) for later this summer. He noted that Tesla’s pickup truck will be “more functional” than a Ford F-150 and boast performance better than a Porsche 911.