Elon Musk Promises 'Game Changing' Feature on Tesla Pick-Up Truck

Elon Musk answered fan questions via Twitter and promised that the pick-up truck would begin production shortly after the Model Y SUV.
Shelby Rogers

For Tesla fans, today was a very exciting day on Twitter. Elon Musk tweeted out more clues as to when the public could expect the long-awaited Tesla pickup truck. 

The Tesla CEO made his announcement on Twitter -- a common occurrence for Musk. He tweeted that the company would start production on the pickup truck after Tesla finishes the Model Y SUV. Production is set to start on the Model Y in late 2019. 

"I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y," Musk wrote in a tweet. He went on to note that he's had the concept for the pickup truck done in his mind for nearly five years. He said he's "dying to build it."

People who follow him know that this isn't anything new for Elon; he is used to sharing latest tech and car news through his social media account. 

And in those mysterious plans of his? Well, Musk promised a "game-changing [sic]" feature just a few tweets later. Another Twitter follower asked if these electric trucks would be a Ford F-150 class or larger. Musk said it would be similar in size but "slightly bigger" to account for that mysterious feature. 

While we don't doubt that the features on this electric pickup truck will be impressive, fans and followers of the company should probably take the estimated arrival date lightly. After all, Tesla did anticipate having most Model 3 units delivered at the beginning of this year. 

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So, what could those mysterious features be? Well, Musk had a bit of fun on Twitter with his followers' suggestions. (And there were a lot of unique suggestions.) One of the best involves 'disco mode,' suggested by user MCFlashTube. Perhaps a glimpse into auto industries future? 

While "disco mode" might not be a reality, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said in April that Tesla might share actual plans for the pickup truck in 18 to 24 months time. This means Tesla fans could have a real pickup event anytime between October 2018 and April 2019. 

Musk has been talking about building a pickup truck for years. He revealed the plans in November for this new vehicle series. Over-excited fans even gave a big, sharp inhale during the Tesla Semi Truck and Roadster release event as Musk mentioned he'd made a "pickup" version of the semi truck. 

As for the Model Y, a lot more questions have been answered about it than the Tesla pickup truck. This crossover edition of the Model 3 is expected to be available by 2020, simply following along with Musk's estimations. While there are plenty of theories as to what the Model Y will promise, expect a much higher range than on other vehicles.