Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the company’s first electric pickup truck named Cybertruck at the event held in Los Angeles, California. It will be available in three range options 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles of range, respectively and its starting price is $39,900. Elon Musk also announced that the Cybertruck production is scheduled to start in late 2021 but pre-orders can be made at the company’s official website for as low as $100.
To demonstrate the ruggedness of its vehicle Elon Musk called Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief of design to hit the door of the truck with a sledgehammer several times to claim that Cybertruck is practically bulletproof but things went uneven when a metal ball thrown by Holzhausen shattered both the truck’s windows.
The company also displays the power of the vehicle with winning a tug-of-war with a Ford F150 Raptor and a drag race with a Porsche 911.
Tesla Cybertruck Specifications:
Tesla Cybertruck will be available in three options:
Single motor rear-wheel drive which offers 250+ miles of range and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in less than 6.5 seconds with a towing capacity up to 7,500 lbs starts at $39,900
Dual motor all-wheel-drive which offers 300+ miles of range and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in less than 4.5 seconds with a towing capacity up to 10,000 lbs starts at $49,900
Trimotor all-wheel drive which offers 500+ miles of range and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in less than 2.9 seconds with a towing capacity up to 14,000 lbs starts at $69,900 (Not available until 2022)
Cybertruck is a six-seater and on the inside, it comes packed with a luxurious interior and features a 17-inch touchscreen display which includes all the features to control the vehicle and also Tesla’s latest updated software.
Earlier in the day, Elon Musk tweeted that the design of the truck is inspired by the Lotus Esprit S1 from the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.
Elon Musk also tweeted that the company has received 146,000 orders since the unveiling of the Cybertruck which includes Single motor: 17% (24,820), Dual motor: 42% (61,320), Trimotor: 41% (59,860) without any advertisement or paid endorsement.
Tesla Cybertruck uses the same stainless steel which SpaceX uses to build its Starship Spacecraft and replying to a tweet, Elon Must confirmed that the Cybertruck can be powered using solar energy as an option and current design of the roof can generate power for only about 15 miles of charge per day, while conceptual “fold-out solar wings” could potentially pull in 30-40 miles per day.
Tesla may have jumped first in the availability of all-electric pickup trucks but this might not stay long as Ford is expected to announce an all-electric F-150, General Motors also planned for an all-electric pickup truck by 2021. EV startup Rivian now backed by both Ford and Amazon could be scheduled to release its electric pickup in late 2020.