Tesla unveiled its electric pickup truck tonight in Los Angeles, California, the Cybertruck. CEO Elon Musk was on stage for a 30-minute presentation showing off the truck which is aimed at taking down the Ford F-150 while also being faster than a Porsche 911.
According to Musk, ahead of the unveil, he said “we need something different. We need sustainable energy now.” Musk detailed how today’s trucks are “100 years of the same”, with so far this year 1.5 million trucks being sold in the U.S.
Then, the futuristic-looking Cybertruck was driven on stage, with Tesla fans in attendance cheering the design. It felt reminiscent of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone for the first time.
The Cyber truck has its weight on the outside with an exoskeleton created by Tesla, made from “ultra-hard 30x cold-rolled stainless steel.” The truck can withstand a ballistic impact from a 9mm full metal jacket, 115-grain bullet from 10 metres. The outside is bulletproof says Musk. This steel is the same alloy used in its SpaceX Starship Rocket.
Dimensions of the Cybertruck:
- Width: 79.8 inches
- Height: 75 inches
- Seats: 6
- Bed: 6.5 ft
As for the glass, known as Tesla Armor Glass, it has a flat geometry and is much stronger than regular truck glass based on an on-stage demo. But when Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen threw a metal ball at the side of the truck, both glass panels cracked on the first throws, in a failed demo. Musk deadpanned, “there’s room for improvement,” and they’ll “fix it in post [production]”.
As for the Cybertruck ‘Vault’, it’s 6.5-feet in length and has 100 cubic feet of lockable exterior storage and can carry up to 3,500 lbs of payload. Towing capacity is rated at 14,000 lbs and it can even pull an F-150 in a tug-of-war shown, which was uphill.
Autopilot comes standard with Cybertruck but Full Self Driving is a $9,200 CAD add-on.
As for on-road performance, the Cybertruck can go 0-60 in 2.9 seconds with its tri-motor configuration, plus complete a quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds and it “corners like it’s on rails”.
Off-road performance includes a 35” approach angle and has up to 16” of clearance (highest of any production truck) and a 28” departure angle. Musk said you could “do the Baja Rally in this thing.”
As for battery range, there are three configurations available:
- 250+ miles (402 km)
- 300+ miles (482 km)
- 500+ miles (804 km)
When it comes to charging, the Cybertruck will charge at over 14,000 Superchargers and is 250 kW capable, plus has 110v/220v on-board outlets and an on-board air compressor.
Tesla also unveiled an ATV which can fit right into the bed of the Cybertruck and also get charged.
Here are the three configurations for Cybertruck–all three can handle a 3500 lbs payload (CAD prices via exchange rates, not official):
Single Motor RWD
- Range: 250+ miles (402 km)
- 0-60: 6.5 seconds
- Top speed: 110 mph / 177 kmh
- Tow rating: 7500 lbs
- Price: $39,900 USD / $50,008 CAD
Pricing for the entry model slightly undercuts the 2020 F-150 Lariat, which starts at $51,349 CAD.
Dual Motor AWD
- Range:300+ miles (482 km)
- 0-60: 4.5 seconds
- Top speed: 120 mph / 193 kmh
- Tow rating: 10,000 lbs
- Price: $49,900 USD / $66,293 CAD
Tri Motor AWD
- Range: 500+ miles (804 km)
- 0-60: 2.9 seconds
- Top speed: 130 mph / 209 kmh
- Tow rating: 14,000 lbs
- Price: $69,900 USD / $92,864 CAD
The Tesla Cybertruck will start at $39,900 USD, or $53,009 CAD, and is available for pre-order now with a $150 CAD refundable deposit, with production pegged for late 2021. Tesla says you’ll be able to complete your configuration as production nears. The Tri Motor AWD production is expected to start in late 2022.
— TeslaBros (@teslabros) November 22, 2019
#Cybertruck Exterior & Interior
Honestly the more I look at it the more I *kinda* dig it pic.twitter.com/DwN02InO2F
— Francisco (@panchi___) November 22, 2019
Motortrend has more images and details about Tesla Cybertruck in an exclusive feature.
Tesla’s website saw heavy demand and the first orders saw pre-authorizations go through, but the website’s confirmation page did not load, nor send out emails. However, the website URL of confirmation pages did contain an order number. If your order wasn’t confirmed, it’s probably best to contact Tesla.
What do you think? Will you be jumping on a Tesla Cybertruck? Let’s see if production timelines remain accurate or not.
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