The Cybertruck has become an anchor around the neck of Tesla as its delivery date gets pushed farther and farther back. Where is it even at now, 2028? Anyway, some have taken matters into their own hands. If they can’t get a Tesla truck, they’ll make one. And that’s what we have here, a Tesla Model S “Teslamino” pickup truck.
Who built this Tesla truck?
You may have seen the “Truckla” Model 3 pickup from a few years ago. This build is along those same lines but based on a Tesla Model S. Being larger than a Model 3, some arguably might suggest it is the better choice to mash up into a Ute pickup.
Put together by Revolt Systems just down the road in Oceanside, California, the company has been doing Tesla performance upgrades and racing them for years. They even put together a battery-powered streamliner for Bonneville Speed Week. So whipping out a Tesla Model S truck was well within its wheelhouse.
Did they start making the Tesla truck with a new Model S?
Started in the early part of 2019, it came way before the first showing of the Cybertruck that November. So it wasn’t so much out of frustration waiting for a Cybertruck as it was doing what Tesla logically should have been doing. Instead of sedans, the world has turned to pickups and SUVs. A Tesla truck was really a no-brainer.
Revolt began with an 85 Model S, so it was built somewhere between 2012 and 2016. These punched out 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, besting the slower 60 Model S. Based on the Instagram page featuring the Teslamino, it is a work in progress.
Was this Tesla pickup made from a kit?
After cutting off the back of the top and welding up the doors, a truck bed was made from aluminum sheets. It had to be a bit shallow due to the height of the Model S rear suspension but still functions well as the images suggest. Sail panels also had to be fabricated, along with adding a window surround for a flat rear window. It can slide open now for handy access to cargo in the bed.
It also shines with the addition of the facelifted front end from current Model S cars. A tailgate fashioned from the Model S back end was created, retaining the signature ducktail spoiler. It was extended lower than the original trunk opening to gain complete access to the floor of the bed. To be honest, it looks as functional as many pickups around today. It might even be a problem painting it as now it can be used without fear of scratching it up.
We’re seeing more and more Ute conversions as cheap sedans become more useful as light haulers. The Model S isn’t cheap, but prices are falling for used ones. And it can be made far more useful as a Tesla truck.
As there are kits for transforming Dodge Magnums, Audi A4s, and Beetles into trucks, will this be the first of many more Tesla truck conversions?