Tesla patent paves way for compact battery systems that are easier to produce
Tesla’s use of batteries for its electric vehicles are crucial to their function. The company’s battery systems are the industry standard as they offer more range and density than their competitors. But despite this lead, a recently submitted patent for an aggregated battery system could put Tesla’s batteries head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack, bar none.
Tesla Pickup Truck still on track for November unveiling
It appears that Tesla’s highly-anticipated Pickup Truck is still poised to be unveiled sometime this coming November. The update was shared on Twitter by CEO Elon Musk while responding to an inquiry about the upcoming vehicle’s official reveal date.
While Musk did not specify a date in his recent tweet, a previous announcement from the CEO last month estimated a November unveiling event for the Tesla Pickup Truck. Prior to this, Musk noted in late July that while the vehicle was “close,” the truck’s reveal was “maybe 2 to 3 months” away. This coming November is just a bit over this estimate.
Interestingly, a November reveal for the Tesla Pickup Truck would mark around two years since the unveiling event of the company’s Semi, which could only be described as the company’s most exciting reveal event to date. Tesla surprised both its enthusiasts and the auto industry as a whole during the Semi event by unveiling its next-generation Roadster, a successor to the car that started it all for the company that boasts an insane 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds and range of 620 miles per charge.
Little details are known about the upcoming Tesla Pickup Truck unveiling apart from its expected date, though considering recent developments in the electric car maker’s lineup of vehicles, there seems to be a chance that Tesla could do a “One More Thing” portion on its pickup’s reveal event. With this in mind, a potential vehicle that might make a surprise appearance could be the Model S Plaid Powertrain variant.
Thanks to the Model S’ track capabilities as exhibited in the Plaid Powertrain variant’s performance in Laguna Seca and the Nurburgring, interest in Tesla’s flagship sedan is fairly high once more. Thus, it would be a good idea for Tesla to showcase some of its recent projects involving its flagship sedan during the pickup truck’s unveiling. Such a gesture will likely reaffirm the Model S’ place in the premium EV sedan market, especially considering the arrival of vehicles like the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, a car that was bred on the track.
Elon Musk has teased several notable aspects of Tesla’s upcoming pickup truck, with the CEO stating during the 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting that the vehicle will feature performance that’s comparable to a base Porsche 911 while boasting a towing capacity that can match industry leaders like the Ford F-150. “If the (Ford) F-150 can tow it, the Tesla truck can do it,” Musk said.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Tesla Pickup Truck would be its starting price. Musk has stated that the vehicle will be priced at “well under” $50,000. The CEO also added that at most, the vehicle should have a starting price of around $49,000. “You should be able to buy a really great truck for $49k or less,” Musk said.