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Could a Tesla pickup be on the horizon?

Tesla made a lot of headlines in 2013, mostly for the stellar performance and safety ratings of its Model S. While the manufacturer is sticking with what it knows for now, there are rumors that the automaker could soon enter the world of pickup trucks. 

An analyst at Seeking Alpha, an investment research website, recently brought up the idea of Tesla joining the pickup truck revolution. Trucks have already staked their claim as one of the most popular auto segments, and the segment is predicted to continue expanding in the future. 

A Tesla chief designer did comment on the possibility of a pickup once in the past, claiming that the torque of an electric motor - such as the one Tesla produces - would be an excellent option for pickups, according to Seeking Alpha. Elon Musk, the free-speaking brand CEO, has also discussed a potential Tesla truck, saying that it would feature an impressive air suspension and torque, the news source reported. 

If a Tesla pickup is anything like the Model S, drivers can expect big things. Not only does the electric vehicle boast a range of up to 265 miles with zero emissions, but it also offers superior safety features. An innovative aluminum design cuts down on weight while creating a rigid frame, and the lack of an engine makes it easy to optimize the vehicle for passenger protection. The Model S received top scores on almost all of its safety tests.

With a strong exterior, wide range and premium features, an off-road vehicle from Tesla could change the industry. Of course, that is all speculation, but it is certainly something for fans of off-road driving to consider as they mull over the latest news from the sport.