At an event in Los Angeles, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk just unveiled the company’s very first electric pickup truck, known as the Cybertruck. Veering away from the usual sedan and SUVs, the Cybertruck comes in three versions that can go for 402KM, 482KM, and 804KM respectively. Prices of the Cybertruck will start from $39,900 for the basic version. However, these trucks won’t start shipping till late 2021, but the company has already started taking pre-orders here.
To demonstrate the Tesla Cybertruck‘s ruggedness, the team (including Musk himself) really put the truck to the test. First, he hit the door of the truck using a sledgehammer quite a few times, claiming that it was practically bulletproof. Also, Tesla also showed the truck winning a tug-of-war battle with a Ford F150, and a drag race with a Porsche 911.
But, the demonstration suffered a little crack (no pun intended) when Musk tried to show how shatterproof the “armored” glass was. They threw a metal ball at the Cybertruck’s window, but the glass got pretty battered up, to which Musk just said “We’ll fix it in post”.
Pricing and Specifications:
- Single motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range, 7,500-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph capabilities in under 6.5 seconds, for $39,900.
- Dual motor all-wheel drive with 300 miles of range, 10,000-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds for $49,900.
- Triple motor all-wheel drive with 500 miles of range, 14,000-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph in under 2.9 seconds for $69,900. (Though this version won’t start production until late 2022.)
The Tesla Cybertruck is capable of seating six adults, and its body is made of ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel. The payload has a 3,500-pound capacity, with 100 cubic feet of storage space. It has a vault length of 6.5 feet, with 4-inch suspension in either direction. True to the Cybertruck being an electric pickup truck, the dashboard houses a 17-inch touchscreen in the center.
“A $50,000 pickup truck is a very common occurrence now. People are willing to spend on this segment to haul their toys, to support a lifestyle.” Tyson Jominy, vice president of data and analytics consulting at JD Power
Tesla has the slight advantage with its foray into long-range electric vehicles, but competition seems tough with the Cybertruck only being released into the market in 2021. Ford has its own upcoming all-electric F150 on the way, General Motors has confirmed that it will put an electric pickup on the market in 2021, EV startup, Rivian – backed by Ford and Amazon – is scheduled to release its own electric pickup in late 2020.