On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to respond to queries from the company’s fans and followers. In his series of replies, Musk promised new software-based functionality and repeated a vague promise that he made back in April: that after a Model Y SUV, Tesla would introduce a pickup truck to compete with Ford’s F series.
The pickup truck promise was made earlier this year at the same time that Musk announced a semi from his electric vehicle company. Specifically, the CEO said that the semi announcement would happen in September 2017, and he promised a pickup truck announcement some time between October 2018 and April 2019. But the whole timeline was thrown off by the Model 3 passenger car, which was supposed to hit mass production in July 2017. It struggled to get off the ground due to manufacturing bottlenecks, and the semi announcement was delayed to November 2017.
Musk didn’t give a revised date for when Tesla would officially announce a pickup in his Tuesday tweet, but he said that the truck would start rolling off Tesla production lines some time after the Model Y.