On November 21, Thursday, Elon Musk has finally unveiled the metaphorical curtains to showcase the newest Cybertruck from Tesla. This is now the 4th model in the lineup from Tesla and is also the only model especially made for the biggest selling segment of the automotive market in the US.
Eyebrows rose during the launch upon seeing the truck, mainly because of its strange design. But, there is no denying that someone fell in love because, in a matter of days, the vehicle went off at hundreds of thousands of preorders.
What to Expect from the Cybertruck?
This electric pickup truck from Tesla offers some really amazing feats. This has enough room for 6 people. There is also a claim that this is bulletproof in the glass and the body alike. It also offers an adjustable ride height. The vault, the term Tesla uses to refer to the bed, has a length of 6.5 feet. The truck comes with an on-board air compressor as well as an outlet that lets users run their power tools or charge their laptops even when they are off the grid. This is made possible thanks to the electricity drawn from the truck’s battery pack.
The Cybertruck also has an astonishingly massive capacity to tow up to 14,000 pounds that easily outstrips some gasoline rivals. The listed range for this truck is 500 miles although this is for its top-spec Tri-Motor AWD model that can get from 0 to 60mph in a matter of 2.9 seconds. Its mid-range model is going to boast a range of 300 miles and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive. Meanwhile, its entry-level variant offers a maximum of 250 miles drive range and a rear-wheel-drive from a single electric motor.
For off-roading aficionados, the Cybertruck offers a ground clearance of 16 inches, an approach angle of 35 degrees, and a departure angle of 28 degrees. At the end of the adventure time, owners can turn on the Autopilot suite of the company of the semi-autonomous technology such as the lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control to guide them on their way home. There is also an option for full self-driving although it is not yet confirmed if this will be made available once the truck starts its production.
One of the benefits of using electricity to power this kind of big truck instead of gasoline is the fact that it has a massive cabin. This is mainly because the electric motor will notably take up a smaller space compared to an engine with 4, 6, or 8 cylinders.
Due to the rectangular steering wheel, it is easy to see that the truck is still undergoing the concept stage. it is not expected that this will be making its way to a production model. However, it has a landscape-oriented 17-inch touchscreen that sits right at the center of the dashboard that is so hard to resist. The next evolution of the infotainment system from Tesla has also been added to the truck so it makes sense to assume that the same software will be used on future models.
Other Interesting Facts to Know about Tesla’s Cybertruck
The starting price for the Cybertruck is $39,000 that makes it a direct rival of trucks powered by gasoline.
Tesla has plans to start building the first pickup by the latter part of 2021. However, it is important to keep in mind that the company hasn’t achieved even one of their planned dates of production just yet. They now accept deposits, though. You will be able to secure your spot in the line early on if you send a deposit of $100 to the company, an amount far less compared to how much they asked for their previous cars. You can always ask for a refund of your money if you changed your mind.
Trucks remain to be among the best selling vehicles in the US for years and there are no signs that the trend will stop anytime soon. With the reveal of Tesla’s Cybertruck, it looks like there are more exciting things in store for this segment of the market.