Since tesla announced that they were indeed going to be building a pickup it got me thinking. What specs and capacities would it need to really be competitive? We should use the best selling truck (which also happens to be the best selling vehicle period in the US) the f150. I think tesla should go after the f150 and at least match the specs. They would need to offer it in 6 1/2ft and 8ft beds. They need a RWD and an AWD version although maybe only an AWD version? Towing capacity on a crewcab 4x4 with most powerful engine is 11,400lbs. They need to at least match that as well as payload figures. Now onto the really interesting specs. Power and range. The current 3.5l ecoboost makes 470ft lbs. I know that they could use the new p100d drivetrain and get all the power that it makes (around 730hp now I think?) but there is a problem with that: range. A truck is different than a car. Sometimes a truck needs to be able to put out a lot of power for an extended period of time. It takes a lot more to accelerate, more to maintain speed, and a lot more going up hills. Pile on a 11,400lb trailer and it gets pretty crazy. So here is my thoughts and solution. Yes you could have the 730hp of the p100d going through the 9.73 (I think) ratio that it goes through now but you would have to be at high power very often and you would get horrible range. What I think tesla should do is make it have around the 470ft lbs that the f150 has now, maybe bump it up to 500, and gear it much lower so that the batteries and motor don't have to work as hard. It kinda needs to be geared much lower because trucks are geared much lower so that they can tow, and here is the second part of my solution. I know some of you are not going to like it but: a 2 speed transmission at least for the rear motor. Reliability and clutch life could be greatly preserved by staying in second unless you wanted to accelerate quickly or you were towing. This would also allow much lower gearing so the motors don't have to output so much power so that range isn't horrible and you can shift once you get at high speed. Maybe shift at around 50 or so? Im just saying while I agree on cars like the S/X/3 don't need a second gear, a truck does. If they were going to make a competitor to the super duty's, well, they make 925ft lbs now and I would cringe to know how long the batteries would last making that kind of power so you would need a really low first gear so you still have the power but don't drain the batteries so fast and a normal second gear for the speed. It also would need a bigger front grill for cooling. The current tesla cars over heat after a few short runs. Imagine how fast they would overheat pulling a 11,400lb trailer up a hill constantly at full power. How much range is needed? And has a side note just because it make me laugh. How fast 0-60 could this truck be? My guess is that in first gear with the highest hp motors, you could get maybe 3.5-4s. .