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.
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.