Love him or hate him, Elon Musk is a mover and a shaker. The 46-year-old South African entrepreneur and space-traveling enthusiast is always thinking about the future and where it will lead, and apparently, that includes people like us – fans of pickup trucks.
We’re not sure of Musk’s chops when it comes to trucks – a reply tweet of his said “Bronco rocks” when the picture above showed a late ’60s Ford pickup – but we do know that his curiosity, when piqued, is practically insatiable. Case in point: yesterday, Elon put out a question to Twitter, asking for their ideas on a potential Tesla pickup truck.
It wasn’t long before Musk started throwing out some of his daydreams. Promises of dual motor all-wheel-drive with “crazy torque” and “suspension that dynamically adjusts for load” are floating around, and they sound great, but could they be based in reality?
The use of the words “will have” as opposed to “might have” seem too good to be true. In any case, Musk got what he asked for as Twitter users began throwing out their ideas. One individual, Clint DeBusk, asked for adjustable suspension height that can alter between on- and off-road application. “That will be standard,” replied Musk. Air springs have this potential, and can be found in several trucks from the factory. They’re not fond of being taken off of jumps or through washboards, but they can deal with light off-roading without issue.
But perhaps the biggest relief to be found in all of the fantastical tweets is this one. We can thank Bennett Whitehouse for having the clarity and straightforwardness to give Musk his ultimate objective on a Tesla truck.
So, sometime in the near future, we may be witnessing history. The first full-electric pickup with adjustable suspension, a long-range (500+ miles) battery, and a quintessential truck appearance will roll out of the Fremont, California factory; because Elon Musk wants it. And, if it hits all the right marks, so will we.