The Tesla Cybertruck
The truck will not leave the assembly line until late 2021, but you can pre-order from Tesla.
Tesla has expanded electric passenger cars with the Model S and Model 3 sedans and the Model X crossover. It’s now moving into one of the most important segments of the moment: pickup trucks.
At a strange event in Los Angeles, Elon Musk presented the Tesla Cybertruck, the brand’s first truck. This will face the future EV pickups from Ford and GM, as well as the new kids in the neighborhood, Rivian.
Musk said at the revelation that “we need something different” from today’s pickup trucks. And yes, that’s certainly the case here.
The CEO said the truck uses a “monoplane” design with a “heavy-duty stainless steel” body, reminiscent of the DeLorean DMC-12.
Tesla’s design chief, Franz Vol Holzhausesn, even hit the Cybertruck on stage with a hammer to demonstrate the strength of his body. “You want a really tough truck. Not wrong,” said Musk. And he said it was bulletproof for a 9mm handgun.
Always at the forefront, Musk put the truck to the test to demonstrate its toughness. He had Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer, pound the truck door several times with a sledgehammer, claiming it was virtually bulletproof and showed the winning truck an arm wrestle with a Ford F150 and a drag race with a Porsche 911.
However, when he tried to show how unbreakable “armored” glass was, things went wrong. A metal bullet thrown by von Holzhausen shattered both windows of the truck. “We’ll fix the problem later,” Musk joked.
Musk said the truck will be equipped with adaptive air suspension and adaptive shock absorbers as standard with adjustable ride height. He says it will offer up to 16 inches of ground clearance, a 35-degree approach angle and a 28-degree departure angle. The bed is 2 meters long, and the truck has a payload capacity of up to 1,590 kilograms and a towing capacity of 6,350 kilograms.
There are three versions of the truck available:
Two-engine all-wheel drive with a range of 300 km, a towing capacity of 4,500 Kg, and a speed of 0 to 96.5 Km/h in less than 4.5 seconds for $49,900.
Three-engine all-wheel-drive system with a range of 500 km, towing capacity of 6,350 kg, and a speed of 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.9 seconds for $69,900 (although this version does not go into production until the end of 2022).
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The truck can accommodate a total of six adults.