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YouTuber Simone Giertz converts her new Tesla Model 3 into a pickup truck

By Polycount ยท 12 replies
Jun 18, 2019
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  1. Most avid tech enthusiasts are already aware that Tesla has been trying to expand its car line-up to be a bit more varied. The company is working on a semi truck, a crossover called the "Model Y," and even a cyberpunk-themed pickup truck.

    That last vehicle seems to be particularly interesting to many Tesla fans. There are very few electric pickup trucks on the market at the moment and precisely zero that contain Tesla's fancy hardware and self-driving tech. Unfortunately, Tesla's pickup isn't going to be arriving anytime soon, and some individuals -- such as the "Queen of Shitty Robots," Simone Giertz -- have started to grow a bit impatient.

    As such, Giertz decided recently that she would take matters into her own hands, and simply make the truck herself.

    In a new 31-minute video published to her YouTube channel (where she posts most of her goofy, dangerous, or otherwise impractical engineering projects), Giertz and three of her friends work together to convert a $35,000 Model 3 into a full pickup truck.

    The entire process can be seen in the video above. Along with her team of engineers, Giertz rips out most of the Model 3's interior, including the seats, trim, and other accent pieces. After doing so, they sliced off the trunk and the roof's rear section.

    After enough space was cleared, the engineers were able to implement a truck bed -- the end result (dubbed "Truckla") isn't the most elegant-looking thing in the world, but it's a surprisingly functional conversion for a woman whose robots and other projects rarely work as intended.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    #1 I'm anxious to know how this will effect structural rigidity.

    #2 The Model 3/ Model S platform can have virtually any body styling added atop it. It's a flat floor (battery ) with Wheels.
    Polycount likes this.
  3. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,762   +387

    Rigidity was an issue, apparently. However, they welded on some x-shaped steel bars below and behind the truck bed, which seems to have solved the problem.
    m4a4 likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    Now we'll see if the ***** tries to file suite because she stole an idea from him ..... LOL
  5. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 876   +372

    Hmm super low clearance, urban tire set and no towing ability, totally a truck :D Only thing truck like on this would be the torque.
    Joey Rakas likes this.
  6. Colby Deane

    Colby Deane TS Booster Posts: 36   +11

    Yeah, this is more like a Ute from Australia..
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    Hey, it's THEIR money, but unless this was some sort of youtube stunt, I don't get it.
    Kind of worthless as a truck.
  8. Joey Rakas

    Joey Rakas TS Rookie

    Had to login just to like your comment lol. Your comment was 100% perfectly accurate.
  9. flipp3r

    flipp3r TS Member Posts: 17

    Umm, it's a Ute!
  10. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,767

    Oh no, the 1% of truck owners that actually tow things will be DEVASTATED!
  11. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,694   +438

    They have 1.6M subs, its for marketing purposes.
  12. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 322   +101

    I forgot that US is a pickup truck country and everyone in rural areas owns one... Now, Musk is a city boy, hence no Tesla pickup truck....Yes, he is bringing Tesla semi trucks but those are in no use for rural crowd.... He is basically avoiding rural folks that love pickup trucks and that may cost him dearly....another Musk Mistake!
  13. Daniel Garber

    Daniel Garber TS Rookie

    If the bank owns this car I wonder what they think about this.

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