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Tesla released some bizarre photos of its electric pickup truck yesterday

Tesla Pickup Truck

With all of the hoopla surrounding Tesla’s new semi-truck, not to mention the surprise unveiling of a next-gen Roadster, it was easy to miss Elon Musk show off the first official renderings of Tesla’s long-rumored pickup truck. During yesterday’s special media event, Musk briefly showed crowd attendees a somewhat odd concept of a pickup truck big enough to carry a traditionally sized pickup truck. As Musk intimated, the design is essentially a mini version of the Tesla Semi.

While Tesla’s final pickup truck design obviously won’t be a novelty sized vehicle, the renderings do provide us with our first look at how a Tesla pickup truck might be designed. The renderings Musk debuted yesterday can be seen below.

As you can tell, the design is closer aesthetically to the Tesla Semi than to a traditional pickup truck. And as you can also tell, the design is all sorts of crazy.

And here’s a shot from another angle. It’s a unique design, to put it mildly.

Though the notion of Tesla releasing a pickup truck may seem odd at first glance, it actually makes much more strategic sense than releasing a semi-truck. If you take a look at the top 10 most popular vehicles in the U.S., pickup trucks account for the top 3 spots by a wide margin. Indeed, Elon Musk has been pretty forthright about Tesla’s plans to release a pickup truck, essentially calling it inevitable.

“I think it is quite likely we will do a truck in the future,” Musk said last year. “I think it’s sort of a logical thing for us to do in the future.”

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.