27/12/2017 16:09 GMT

Elon Musk Has Promised A Tesla Electric Pickup Truck Is On The Way

Plus... a disco mode!

Elon Musk has promised an electric pickup truck is part of his plans for Tesla.

Musk asked his Twitter followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve its electric vehicles and was promptly asked to create a new model entirely.

Musk added that the truck would be slightly larger than Ford’s F-150 pickup “to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add”.

But you may have to wait a while to get your hands on one - or indeed to find out what that “gamechanging” feature is - as Musk stated the pickup truck would not be developed until after the Model Y, which he previously told Fortune won’t be ready for a couple more years.

“I think we need to come up with the Model Y sometime in 2020 or, aspirationally, late 2019,” Musk said.


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This isn’t the first time Musk has broached the topic of pickup trucks. He showed early designs for such a vehicle in November, when Tesla unveiled its Semi truck, (which has, according to Musk, a 500 mile range, can drive itself and comes with a state-of-the-art interior that features two large touchscreen displays).

“It’s a pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck,” Musk said at the time. “You’ll actually be able to legally drive that with a driver’s license.”

Musk also revealed some of the other improvements Tesla is working on for its vehicles. Here’s a rough timeline of what he has got planned:

:: Make it possible to turn on heated window via the app and to turn on seat and steering wheel heat remotely - in the next update.

:: Major browser upgrades to all cars’ touchscreens - in a few months.

:: Windshield wipers that automatically change speed based on how much rain there is - coming very soon.

:: Vastly better maps/navigation software - coming soon.