Meet the Truckla, the world’s first Tesla pickup truck

by W. Andrew Powell
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“The truck the world didn’t know it was waiting for,” may be the best way to describe the all-new 2019 Truckla, the first ever Tesla pickup truck.

And if you’re scratching your head wondering why you’ve never heard of Truckla before, it’s probably because Tesla hasn’t announced anything like it. At least not yet, but the results are actually very impressive.

YouTuber Simone Giertz is the genius behind the Truckla. She describes herself as a “maker/robotics enthusiast/non-engineer” and she has a flare for wonderfully weird, funny robots (her channel trailer shows a number of her weirdest, including one that smears lipstick all over her face).

Using a Tesla Model 3, because of its steel chassis, she worked with artist and maker Marcos Ramirez to essentially cut off and strip the back seat from the electric car, and then put a truck bed in its place.

She also worked with YouTubers Laura Kampf and Rich Rebuilds, and a number of others to help with the massive project.

So why did Giertz do this to a Tesla? She really wanted an electric pickup truck and didn’t want to wait for the rumoured Tesla pickup that may be announced later this year.

She even challenged Elon Musk: “This is me challenging you to making the world’s first functional Telsa pickup truck… I have an angle grinder and a welder, and I’m not afraid to use them.”

Planning out the project took Giertz and her team over a year, although part of that time was because she had a brain tumor and the project was delayed for her recovery.

One warning for the adventurous though: if you own a Tesla and are thinking about doing something like this to your car, we can guarantee that it’s going to void your warranty.

Ready to see how the Truckla was born? Watch Simone Giertz’s making-of video below.

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