Tesla finally released its pickup and there is really nothing at all that is “as usual” with it. The name is Cybertruck and the design is as taken directly from a movie or a video game. But the strange shape has a point because the whole base of the car is an exoskeleton.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the wraps off his long-awaited electric pickup, dubbed the Cybertruck, in a live-streamed event Thursday night that didn’t disappoint.
Cars should be built to last, and well, Tesla took that notion and developed a new metallic alloy – the same steel alloy that Musk plans to use for his SpaceX rocket – the Cybertruck is covered in.
The result is an exoskeleton that can withstand a sledgehammer without even a small dent. The glass should be reinforced but showing off its strength resulted in somewhat of a fiasco, during the presentation, the glass simply broke.
Three versions will be available. The cheapest version, a single motor, and the rear-wheel-drive model will cost $39,900, have a towing capacity of 3401 kilograms (7,500 pounds) and more than 402 kilometers (250 miles) of range.
The middle version will be a dual-motor all-wheel drive, have a towing capacity of more than 4535 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and be able to travel more than 482 kilometers (300 miles) on a single charge. The dual-motor AWD model is priced at $49,900.
The third version will have three electric motors and all-wheel, a towing capacity of 6350 kilograms (14,000 pounds) and a battery range of more than 804 kilometers (500 miles). This version, known as “tri-motor” is priced at $69,900.
Tand will be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in about three seconds, the Tesla chief executive claimed.
Slated for production in 2020, the Cybertruck is unlike any current mass-market pickup truck currently for sale in terms of appearance and design, which may be the understatement of this still-young century.
Industry tracking firm IHS Markit estimates the electric truck segment – both full- and mid-sized models – will account for about 75,000 sales in 2026, compared with an expected 3 million light trucks overall.