Tesla CEO Elon Musk never seems to be short on words or big promises.
But the famous auto maverick may have taken his memorable bravado to a whole new level this week when he said during a “Ride the Lightning” podcast that his company’s yet-to-revealed electric pickup will outperform Ford’s iconic F-150 as well as Porsche’s popular 911.
Oh, and its targeted starting price will be $49,000.
“It’ll be a better truck than an equivalent F-150 and a better sports car than a standard 911,” Musk said.
It’s no secret that torque delivered from electric motors can easily out-perform internal combustion engines, but Musk’s claim that his truck will be “a better sports car” than a 911 is an attention-getter and to our knowledge the first such gauntlet thrown down by an aspiring electric truck manufacturer.
The truck’s purported sports car like performance is probably owed to its load-leveling suspension.
Musk is undoubtedly feeling increased pressure from competitors Rivian, Ford and GM, all of whom announced plans for electric pickups. Rivian unveiled its R1-T at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ford and GM have yet to unveil their battery-powered pickups.