Elon Musk says Tesla’s pickup truck is now delayed until November

Elon Musk showed off a rendering of the pickup truck at an event unveiling Tesla’s semi in 2017. Tesla

Tesla’s long-awaited electric pickup could arrive in November, CEO Elon Musk said over the weekend, bringing to public eye a vehicle talked about for more than six years.

“November most likely,” the billionaire said in response to a question from a Tesla investor on Twitter. Previously, Musk has hinted that the prototype could arrive over the summer of 2019, or October.

In an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” last year, Musk said he was “dying to make a pickup truck so bad,” and said a prototype might be unveiled in 2019. November would meet that goal. Full production, however, could take even longer to reach, given Tesla’s previous issues with ramping production of other models.

However, Musk has also said that the truck will arrive after the Model Y. Preorders are open for the small crossover SUV, but Tesla’s website says production is not expected to begin until late 2020.

Other details about the forthcoming pickup truck that have trickled out in past years include a price point below $US50,000, dual-motor all-wheel drive, “crazy torque,” and an adjustable suspension.