- Sep 22, 2013
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Tesla recently announced that the pickup will be priced at "less than $50,000" which is not all that bad really but I don't expect I will be buying one too soon either. Then again, you don't have to really spend anything on maintenance or fuel afterwards. Recently, I saw a comment on Musk's twitter feed from a Tesla owner saying that in a year and a half of ownership the only money he's spent was on a tire rotation.I saw this yesterday as well. I hope the follow up videos go into more detail, like showing how they defeated sensors to make trouble codes go away, or maybe if they shortened the side curtain airbags (they're completely missing as far as I can tell).
Personally I think the actual Tesla truck is going to look pretty weird, but I kinda like the looks of the Rivian truck. Either way though, there's no chance I'll be buying either of them unless I win the lottery.
I was wondering about the sensors too on the Truckla. Some of that may have been resolved by reconnecting everything on the wiring harness they disconnected before cutting into the chassis but surely there would be more going on that needs to be dealt with. As for the airbags, I figure they knew going into it that they would be eliminated, thus the "available nowhere" designation. It was a demonstration project, of course. I agree, I hope there is a more detailed follow up video forthcoming.
Anyway, personally I find some the recent concept images released by Tesla to be pretty cool. I like the aggressive "Blade Runner" look and the high ground clearance although it's not really a "work" vehicle but probably great for recreational off road use. The Rivian in contrast is lower to the ground and looks more like something intended for driving around a suburban neighborhood or taking the family on a weekend camping trip. Don't get me wrong, I like the look but it just doesn't come across as an off road or work vehicle. Since I happen to use my truck for cargo and off road out on my property that is something I would look for in a truck. Either way, I'm excited about the coming age of electric trucks. Ford (a Rivian investor) recently announced an F-series electric pickup coming in 2022.
A lot of people seem to be buying trucks these days because they think they're cool. I see this all the time with many of the tourists who show up around here but locally people need pickups to actually use for hauling stuff and off road use.
At some point we'll be seeing electric models intended for this purpose but for now I guess the idea is to get the public to adopt the concept of electric vehicles in the first place so the focus is on styling (and lifestyle).