For the past few years, Tesla has been unveiling vehicles that are more suited to the everyday commuter’s needs as opposed to their initial focus on building high-performance all-electric cars. Currently, they have found the perfect balance between performance, style, and comfort.
With the release of the Tesla semi-truck, it seemed that they had also been trying to develop electric cars suited for long haul tasks. And, ever since the semi-truck reveal event, there had been much speculation on Tesla creating an all-electric pickup truck. The Tesla Cybertruck event confirmed everyone’s assumptions and unveiled a jaw-dropping electric Tesla pickup truck.
When it comes to design, Tesla has chosen to use a single-piece bodywork. This design has been a common theme for larger vehicles, which is suitable for the Cybertruck. This ensures that the vehicle’s bodywork is significantly stronger and the design looks sleeker.
Elon Musk demonstrated the strength by showing the effect of hitting the body of a usual pickup truck with a sledgehammer and hitting the vehicle. The truck also comes with windows which Tesla claims can withstand large amounts of force and demonstrated its strength by throwing heavy metal balls on the glass. The result was significant; while normal pickup truck body was dented, the Cybertruck didn’t have any physical damage.
Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha. pic.twitter.com/eB0o4tlPoz
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2019
The Cybertruck prototype unveiled at the Tesla event had a very bare interior. It came with a total of 6 sits, with three at the front and three at the back. Tesla chose to go for a yoke-styled steering wheel similar to the 2020 Roadster.
Meanwhile, the front dashboard has a rather empty design with only a touchscreen at the center. The screen displays the stats of the car and has an interface with all the functions of the truck. The Cybertruck itself is very spacious with a lot of head and foot room. It’s also nice that it’s really high off the ground.
The performance specs of the truck are probably the most impressive part of it. There will be 3 different models of the Cybertruck, with prices ranging from $40,000 to $70,000.
The $40,000 model will have a single motor, rear-wheel drive, and an adaptive suspension system. It can also go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the $70,000 model will be a triple motor all-wheel-drive vehicle. Like the first model, it can go from 0 to 60 mph, but in a whopping 2.9 seconds. It also has a battery range of over 500 miles. Aside from that, the trucks can carry 3,500 lbs of weight, with tow weights ranging from 7,500 lbs to 14,000 lbs.
Tesla hasn’t released a specific release date but speculations are that it will be released to the public sometime during the summer or fall of 2020. Not only that, they also unveiled an all-electric ATV near the end of the event. Unfortunately, no other info has been released other than its unveiling.
The Cybertruck prototype seemed to have no windshield wipers or side-view mirrors so Tesla’s work definitely isn’t finished yet. Hopefully, it is as amazing in real life as it is on paper.
YouTube: Tesla Cybertruck – Polygon Design Love
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Source: (The Verge)