Tesla pick-up more popular than F-150

Despite the nay-sayers screaming blue murder about how evil electric vehicles are, there’s something to be said about the ‘silent majority’. In this day and age, we all have access to the internet, and everything we search for and talk about on social media is counted. So it may come as a bit of a surprise to many, that the new Tesla pick-up is more popular than the F-150 from Ford on social media (think Twitter).

Okay, so that may not sound like a huge deal here in Australia … except that the F-Series is the highest-selling vehicle in the US. Yep, better than Corollas, or Civics. Sure, there has been a heap of hype and suspense surrounding the release of the new Tesla pick-up, but to beat out the Ford F-Series is no small feat. Elon Musk has come out to say the Model P is his favourite, in that he’s most excited about its launch, which is creating a lot of hype unto itself; that, and we’ve seen just one teaser and no firm commitment on the launch date.

Image: Tesla

With all this in mind, the data gathered is from just 100,000 ‘tweets’ from the 500 million that are generated every day. Indeed it is a smaller field compared with the overall number of tweets being posted every day, but the fact that the Tesla pick-up is more popular in the Twitter world than the most popular vehicle in the US is honestly just mind-blowing.

For those that are interested in the developments of the Tesla pick-up, we will be keeping a close eye on it, and reporting on the releases as they come to hand. However, with many things that surround Elon Musk, it may be a while before we see a finished product, and even longer before we see them on our shores. Perhaps with a much faster charge rate, greater range and usability than we’ve seen from most EVs currently on the market, as technology progress marches forward.


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  • Social media opinions are not sales and sales are the reason for the existence of a product. Electric vehicles are on their way and have a place in our future. They make sense as a number two town car but are still too expensive. I cannot be convinced that manufacturers that delete the gearbox and motor with thousands of moving parts and replace them with an electric motor with essentially one moving part and double the price are not gouging the market. In our house we have a Lexus hybrid and love it. I have a 1.45 tonne atm Jayco which we tow with an FJ Cruiser and a Rav4 hybrid with a 1.5 tow capacity is attractive option except for the numbers being a bit close to each other.

  • Have to agree with the other comments here. Pat Callinan should be ashamed to allow this rubbish to be reported as fact in his magazine. I thought he had better journalistic principles than this. Disappointing!

  • Are you serious?? You take as fact twitter opinions. How can anyone believe anything you write from now on? After all, wasn’t twitter one of the experts that claimed clinton was going to win the election.

  • Click bait.
    A more accurate headline would be “Tesla pick-up garnering more speculative hype from non-purchasers than F-150”. Surely the source material for an actual measure of “vehicle popularity” would be sales, where the volume for the Tesla pick-up is currently 0 units per month.

    I would love to see long-range electric versions of our current diesel off-road vehicles. I will buy one when they become reality as long as it is feasible to recharge using my on-vehicle solar array, but stories like this rubbish just annoy me.

    Rather than the “silent majority”, within the context of vehicle popularity I’d say Twitter sheeple constitute the noisy and irrelevant minority.

  • Well said RANGER DANGER, i was reading sales figures for TESLA cars, 24000 per month world wide. Ford sell 78000 F trucks per month. I think Musk is a con man.

  • Dear Wes,
    Show me actual sales figures of Tesla vs Ford F-series please, not the online fantasies and blatherings of children, fools and the mentally ill who couldn’t even afford to buy a car, but would buy a Tesla (because ELON MUSK ! ! ! !) if they could.

    Maybe I’m getting old, but I think that “Tw_tter” is extremely well named. It’s chock full of “tw_ts”. It’s full of loud-mouthed snowflakes trying to out-virtue signal each other & seeing who can get “offended” the quickest over the most trivial thing. What were you thinking Mr Whitworth????

    Shame on you for repeating this fantasy.

    • Hear, hear!
      I couldn’t have said better, Ranger.
      The Tesla fantasy hasn’t even begun manufacture!
      Such a stupid article.

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