The Tesla Electric Pickup Truck or the Cybertruck is here and it looks nothing like any of us ever imagined. It is brash, it is bold, it has pointy edges and it will lend its owner a lifetime of attention when driven on road.
The Tesla Electric Pickup Truck is unlike any other traditional pickup truck on the market and it outperforms all of them in every feature. For quite a long time, a pickup truck was comprised of a large hood housing a grunty V8 built on a ‘body-on-frame’ design.
The price range starts at $39,900 and goes all the way to $69,900. The battery range of Tesla’s electric pickup is offered in three options 250, 300 and 500 miles. The top-spec Tri-Motor All Wheel Drive truck can tow a maximum of 14,000 pounds and has a 0-60 mph acceleration of 2.9 seconds.
The YouTube channel “E for Electric” attended the reveal event and gave us an exclusive look of how the Cybertruck looks from the inside.
Here’s everything else about the Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Electric Pickup Truck: Design, Price, Towing Capacity, Battery Range And First Drive Review
As you can see from the video, the Tesla Cybertruck has a very minimalist design. The entire front dashboard only features a small rectangular steering wheel and a giant touchscreen.
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The Tesla Cybertruck has a camera at the back so you can see clearly what’s coming from behind even if you have payload blocking your rearview. We can see in the video that the acceleration of the truck is super fast and even manages to scare one of the passengers.
First, let’s talk about the design and get obvious out of the way. Yes, the Tesla electric pickup truck is for a niche audience and its looks are polarising. It’s pointy and full of sharp edges. In terms of design, it looks similar to a Lamborghini Countach with more edges and big wheels.
Now, let’s talk about the performance and the various trims the Cybertruck is available in. Here’s a quick breakdown:
|Range (miles)||0-60 mph (seconds)||Top speed (mph)||Payload (lbs)||Tow Rating (lbs)||Price|
|Single Motor AWD||250+||6.5||110||3,500||7,500||$39,900|
|Dual Motor AWD||300+||4.5||120||3,500||10,000||$49,900|
As you can see the only difference between all the three trucks is in battery range and performance. The rest of the components are the same across the trim levels.
Speaking of components, Tesla has put everything that they have into the Cybertruck. Starting with the exterior, the Tesla electric pickup truck has a thick exoskeleton instead of a body on frame design, which most traditional trucks like the Ford F-150 use.
In our analysis of the Tesla pickup truck, we predicted that it will either have a ‘body-on-frame’ similar to a Ford F-150 design or a unibody design found in a Honda Ridgeline. Tesla explained its exoskeleton design by saying that it helps in saving weight and enables it to provide more area per volume than any other traditional pickup truck.
Sheets of ultra-hard stainless steel have been rolled over 30 times to provide a dent and scratch-proof outer skin which can even take shots from a 9mm handgun. Tesla also confirmed that it will use the same alloy in its SpaceX rockets.
In terms of dimensions, the Tesla Cybertruck is 231.7 inches long, 79.8 inches wide, 75 inches in height with 16 inches of ground clearance. It can comfortably seat 6 adults and hold 3,500 pounds of payload in a 100 cubic feet bed which is 6.5 feet in length.
Cybertruck comes with an adaptive air suspension with ride adjustability that’ll massively improve its battery efficiency. While cruising on the highway, the Tesla Cybertruck can be dropped down in height by a couple of inches to improve drag and provide more battery range.
On the other hand, while going offroad, the truck’s height can be raised to get better ground clearance.
Speaking of performance, the Tesla electric pickup is faster than the Porsche 911. What’s really interesting is that it can finish a quarter-mile drag in just 10.8 seconds. For your reference, a Tesla Model S, an electric performance sedan, can finish the same in 10.65 seconds. So expect a lot of these trucks obliterating sports cars on drag strips really soon.
Elon also mentioned that this truck will have a 35-degree approach angle and a 28-degree departure angle. The approach angle is the maximum angle at which a vehicle can climb up a ramp without damaging any of its parts.
Elon said that this angle is the highest in the segment. For instance, the Ford F-150 Raptor has an approach angle of 25.7 degrees and a departure angle of 26.8, less than what the Tesla Cybertruck offers.
The electric pickup will come with 250 kW of fast charging support along with 110V and 220V power outlets. Furthermore, the air suspension will also function as a pneumatic air compressor to power all of your air tools.
Tesla Cybertruck: Will It Sell?
There’s no doubt about the sellability of the Tesla Cybertruck. Tesla will sell every single one of the Cybertruck units which it makes but it won’t make a lot of them.
The truck has a very specific and niche audience and Tesla is kind of expecting that. It is not a mass-market truck and will sell in the same numbers as the Tesla Model X.
According to the YouTube channel Twobitdavici, another mass-market Tesla pickup truck is coming in the future and it will probably be called the Model P. It will have a more traditional design and will likely sell in the same numbers as the Model 3 does.
But whether you love it or hate it, the Tesla Cybertruck is one of a kind and it’ll probably stay that way for years to come.