2019_08_07 — “Tesla Pickup Truck — High Expectations”

Tesla Pickup Truck — High Expectations

Summary

  • Expect multiple innovations from the new #Tesla pickup truck that has been teased by Elon Musk
  • Tesla’s all electric engine and battery storage should allow for avant-garde design possibilities and pioneering functionality
  • Possible: Higher ground clearance, Lower pickup bed floor, Rear hatch loading ramp, Centered weight distribution, and No front hood, yet Front storage
  1. No front hood: An all electric engine means that the pickup can look more like a “flat face” truck with a “cab over” design; a shorter front may also allow for easier turning and parking
  2. Front storage: A flat face truck front could allow for vertically hinged doors that provide shelf access for tools or golf club storage where a grill would normally be
  3. Higher ground clearance: An all electric engine (or engines) that provides power directly to each wheel could eliminate axle hubs (which are the bane of ground clearance) and provide best in class ground clearance versus conventional pickup trucks
  4. Lower pickup bed floor: The most difficult function of a pickup truck is loading it with heavy things, which is ironic, since that is what it is made for. Lowering the floor of the bed would make the truck significantly easier to load. If the rear axle hub is eliminated (see point 3 above) then the bed floor could be lower than conventional pickups
  5. Rear hatch loading ramp: A tailgate that can slope nearly to the ground would double as a ramp and make truck loading easier; a lower truck bed (see point 4 above) makes this more possible
  6. Centered weight distribution: Unlike the Tesla models S, X, and 3, which distribute batteries from wheel to wheel, across the entire bottom of the car, battery placement for the pickup in either the back wall of the cabin, the front wall of the pickup bed, or the bottom of the cabin could allow for better weight distribution in a loaded truck and allow for a lower pickup bed floor (see point 4 above). Compare this to conventional pickup trucks that have a heavy engine in the front balanced by a heavy full fuel tank in the rear
  7. Continuous track: Off-roading would be revolutionized if the the rear tires were replaced with continuous track (a.k.a, caterpillar track) which provides phenomenal grip and weight distribution! But that probably won’t happen ;)

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Michael Ashley Schulman

Michael Ashley Schulman

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Avid traveler and art fan, also Partner & Chief Investment Officer @Running Point Capital, a multifamily office and ultra high-net-worth money-management firm