Tesla Unveils Electric Truck To Compete With Traditional Trucks in Fight Against Carbon Emissions

In a revolutionary move that could put a real dent in the amount of pick-up trucks on the road today and the carbon emissions they release into the atmosphere, Telsa just unveiled their new electric truck.

Trucks and SUVs are becoming increasingly popular. So popular, in fact, that they threaten to upend all of the carbon emission savings resulting from electric cars, which are starting to gain steam.

And so, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand during the introduction of his company’s electric truck, which he hopes will compete with conventional combustion engine trucks that guzzle gas and produce much of the carbon emissions that are contributing to uncontrollable climate change.

The thing is, this is definitely not your daddy’s or your granddaddy’s truck.

According to CNN:

Instead of a distinctly separate cab and bed, the body appears to be a single form. The exterior is made from a newly developed stainless steel alloy, the same metal that’s used for SpaceX rockets, Musk said. That alloy enables the car to be “literally bulletproof” against at least smaller firearms, including 9-millimeter handguns, Musk said.

The most expensive version of the truck, the Tri Motor All-Wheel-Drive, will be able to carry 3,500 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. It will also be able to drive up to 500 miles on a full charge. Base models will have a range of 250 miles.

It has lots of power and it looks futuristic, almost like a truck version of the DeLorean from “Back to the Future”, which you can purchase between $39,000 and $69,000 depending on which of the three models you choose from.

This is definitely one tough truck, although the “unbreakable” windows clearly need a little more work after a test failed to impress.

Musk, however, is confident and pointed out that an electric truck is desperately needed to level the playing field.

“We need sustainable energy now,” Musk said in a statement. “If we don’t have a pickup truck, we can’t solve it. The top 3 selling vehicles in America are pickup trucks. To solve sustainable energy, we have to have a pickup truck.”

However, Musk said he is willing to roll out a more conventional design if people don’t flock to purchase this one.

“I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not, but I don’t care,” he said. “If there’s only a small number of people that like that truck, I guess we’ll make a more conventional truck in the future.”

But for now, this is the only electric truck Tesla is offering and while it may not appeal to older generations, it has a chance to succeed among younger, more tech-savvy consumers.

“Everything from its styling to its drivetrain will be a major departure from standard pickup trucks,” Kelley Blue Book employee executive publisher Karl Brauer told The New York Times. “As a technology statement for tech-oriented professionals and fans, this truck’s departures from the norm will be seen as assets, not liabilities.”

In the end, it’s the truck our world needs to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. Tesla’s truck may not be perfect, but at least the company is doing something to save our planet, which is a lot more than what traditional automakers have been doing.

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