28 October 2020

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Tesla Cybertruck: Revolutionising the Pickup Trucks

On the 21st of November, 2019, Elon Musk revealed the new Tesla Cybertruck. Featuring a debatable design choice which has attracted more than 250,000 preorders.

On the 21st of November, 2019, Elon Musk revealed the new Tesla Cybertruck. Featuring a debatable design choice which has attracted more than 250,000 preorders.

Certainly a bold design choice by Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, featuring a very minimal, trapezoid-like body.  Prices start from $39,900 and can be configured to all the way up to about $69,900 for the all-wheel-drive model.

Standing out from the crowd.

When I say pickup truck, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? – A Ford F150? Or another truck that looks like the Ford F150?

All pickup trucks look almost identical and what Tesla has done here is quite smart. To stand out in a sea of pickup trucks, Tesla had to make this one unique.

The design

Interior

An interior view of the Tesla Cybertruck
A view from inside the Tesla Cybertruck

Throughout this vehicle, minimal design features can be seen. Inside, there is a 17-inch centre display, similar to the Tesla Model 3 and a sporty steering wheel similar to the one which may be on the future Tesla Roadster. A bench like front and rear row allows a total of 6 passengers.

Exterior

A view from outside the Tesla Cybertruck

A sharp look, featuring only straight lines. The body panels are built with an exterior shell with materials similar to the one used on SpaceX rockets. And also features an ultra-strong glass and polymer-layered composite which can supposedly absorb and redirect impact forces.

The specifications

Tesla is offering 3 variants for this truck, a single-motor rear-wheel-drive, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive and the triple-motor all-wheel-drive.

The single motor base model, features a range of about 250 miles, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a towing capacity of 3.4 tonnes. Priced at $39,900 and can achieve a top speed of 110mph.

This can be upgraded to the dual-motor variant with features a range of 300 miles, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and a towing capacity of 4.5 tonnes. Priced at $49,900 and can achieve a top speed of 120mph.

The highest-end model, with the triple motor setup, features a range of 500 miles, 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and a towing capacity of 6.35 tonnes. Priced at $69,900 and can achieve a top speed of 130mph.

All models offer a ground clearance of up to 16 inches, autopilot and adaptive air suspensions as standard.

Conclusion

This is a vehicle that will definitely make heads turn and attract attention due to its unique design. An all-electric vehicle will be a first for the pickup truck market and with the specifications of the Cybertruck, it will definitely attract many buyers, especially due to its price to performance ratio which is much better than the other pickup trucks available on the market today.

Tesla Cybertruck production is scheduled to start in late 2021 and will be expanded to offer more configurations in 2022.

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