The ‘small’ Tesla pickup truck has the Ford Ranger on its hit list

The Tesla Cybertruck is targeted at the U.S, as for the rest of the world, it’s just too big and impractical. Tesla is considering a smaller Cybertruck for world markets, which may include Australia, New Zealand and European countries and perhaps Thailand and South Africa where pickups are traditionally strong performers.

Tesla Motors discussed its future electric cars at the 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting and Battery Day briefly. As the company looks at scaling up its business by covering more segments and new markets, we will see smaller Tesla models come out in the near- to mid-term future. These include a $25,000 Tesla that is widely anticipated to break cover as the Tesla Model 2 and a smaller Tesla pickup truck.

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO, Tesla, indicated at the event that the company has designed the Cybertruck keeping in mind its North American customers and so it won’t sell it elsewhere.

We are designing the Cybertruck to meet the American spec, because if you try to design a car to meet the global requirements, you can’t make the Cybertruck. It’s impossible. It’s really designed for the American market.

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO, Tesla

Continuing further, much to the global trucking community’s excitement, Musk suggested that Tesla may launch a smaller Cybertruck for other markets.

We’ll probably make international version of the Cybertruck that’ll be kind of smaller, kind of like a tight wolverine package. This’ll be cooler but it’ll be smaller because you just can’t make a giant truck like that for most markets.

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO, Tesla

Musk enthusiastically talked about the smaller Tesla Cybertruck at the event, and this was the second time he did that in recent days. Speaking to in August, Musk said that the company can build a smaller Tesla pickup truck in the future and hinted that it would go to Europe.

It (Tesla Cybertruck) doesn’t comply with EU’s specs and stuff. But that’s okay, we can always build a slightly smaller truck that does comply with the EU’s specs in the future.

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO, Tesla

The smaller Tesla pickup truck may arrive in 2024 and immediately take a small share of the pie. The Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux dominate in Europe and Oceania. Right now, the Palo Alto based company’s priority is rolling out the Tesla Cybertruck in fall 2021.

Looking at the contour of its future product plans, Tesla was expected to launch the next-gen Tesla Roadster in 2020, but that program is facing a delay with its ETA in 2022. The Tesla Semi was scheduled to enter production in 2019, and that, too, still hasn’t happened. All three unveiled new Tesla models should come out by 2022 now. The immediate priority then would be the $25,000 Tesla EV, and only after that happens, we may see a smaller Tesla Cybertruck go on sale.

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