Tesla’s all-electric stainless steel Cybertruck pick-up promises a range of over 500 miles and a 0–62mph time of 2.9 seconds
This is the all-new Tesla Cybertruck. Its an angular, stainless-steel-bodied utility vehicle with bulletproof glass and a claimed maximum towing capacity in excess of six tonnes. When it goes on sale towards the end of 2021, it’ll be priced from $39,900 in the US.
American customers can pre-order a Tesla Cybertruck now by placing a fully-refundable of $150 deposit. Following the pick-up’s launch, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced on Twitter that more than 187,000 customers had placed orders for the new model.
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Despite looking like a prop from a sci-fi movie, Elon Musk promised that the Cybertruck will do everything the most popular US market pick-ups can do. He claimed that it can carry a payload of up to 1,587kg and tow up to 6,350kg. It also comes with lockable 2,832-litre load bed, which can carry items up to 1,981mm long.
Musk promises the pick-up will be handy off-road, too, with 406mm of ground clearance, an approach angle 35 degrees and a departure angle of 28 degrees – which is better than the current Ford F-150. There’s also a range of new traction control settings which have been designed to simulate mechanical locking differentials.
Tesla Cybertruck: prices and specs
The range-topping Tesla Cybertruck will be priced from $69,900 in the US (around £54,000) and will feature a tri-motor, all-wheel-drive electric powertrain and a large battery pack, adapted from the Model X SUV. It will boast a 0–60mph time of 2.9 seconds, a top speed of 130mph and a claimed maximum range of 500 miles.
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Entry-level, Single Motor, rear-wheel-drive Cybertrucks will start from $39,900 in the States (around £31,000). It has a claimed 0–60mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 110mph. However it’ll be fitted with a smaller battery pack than the flagship model, which means it will only cover 250 miles between charges and can only tow up to 3,402kg.
Sitting between the two extremes will be a Dual Motor, all-wheel-drive variant, priced from $49,900 (around £39,000). It will offer a claimed range of “more than 300 miles,” a 0–60mph time of 4.5 seconds and a maximum towing capacity of 4,536kg.
Tesla is yet to announce UK pricing information – or even whether the Cybertruck will be available in right-hand-drive – although the American EV manufacturer is allowing UK customers to place a refundable £100 deposit on the pick-up. The only UK specific price currently known for the pick-up is £5,800 for Tesla’s optional autonomous driving function.
Tesla Cybertruck: chassis, platform and toughness
Like the Tesla Model X, the Cybertruck rides on air suspension which allows the rear of the pick-up to be lowered to make loading and unloading easier. The pick-up is also fitted with a retractable ramp, which was demonstrated with a rebadged and rebodied Yamaha ATV driving across the stage and into the bed.
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There’s still a considerable amount of conjecture over the Cybertruck’s angular design, with many publications remaining doubtful over whether it will pass the pedestrian safety aspect of US and European crash regulations.
However, Musk claims the Cybertruck will be the toughest pick-up on the market, thanks to a body made of ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel. Tesla’s design boss, Franz von Holzhausen, demonstrated the strength of the pick-up’s body by attempting to dent one of its doors with a sledgehammer.
The Cybertruck will also be fitted with Tesla Armour Glass – an ultra-strong polymer-layered composite, which Elon Musk described as “transparent metal.” Its on-stage demonstration didn’t go as smoothly as the bodywork’s as, when Holzhausen threw a heavy metal ball at the pick-up’s front and rear door glass, both windows cracked. Musk admitted to the crowd that there was “room for improvement.”
Tesla Cybertruck: interior design and dimensions
Inside, there are two rows of three seats, with the centre front seat folding flat to make an armrest. And as is usual for Tesla, the dash features just a single 17-inch landscape touchscreen sitting on top of what looked like a marble-effect panel stretching the entire width of the car with no other visible controls.
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The steering wheel is similar to that in the Tesla Roadster with its flat bottom and cut-off top. The rear-view mirror is a screen, rather than a conventional glass unit, which uses a feed from a high-definition camera in the tailgate, while the roof glass roof extends back over the rear passengers who get a view of the steel-clad load bed.
As with all US-market pick-ups, the Tesla Cybertruck is big, measuring 5,885mm in length, 2,027mm wide and 1905mm high. That won’t shouldn’t stop Tesla bringing the car to the UK, though, with production of the Single Motor and Dual Motor cars set to start towards the end of 2021 and Tri Motor production starting a year later.
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