Elon Musk’s Electric Pickup Truck: Everything We Know about the cybertruck.
Take the inherent features of a utilitarian pickup, switch the engine for a battery pack, and call it a day with the Tesla Cybertruck. But, again, isn’t that how Tesla handles a new vehicle? The Cybertruck is unlike any truck you’ve ever seen, with the angularity of a paper aircraft, zero rounded surfaces, and a steeply peaked roof. Using unibody construction, the unpainted stainless steel bed and cab are entirely merged into one unit.
It’s not simply the unusual style that makes it stand out. External mirrors, which are needed by current rules, are not present. There are no camera pods at all. The wheel spokes also extend over the sidewalls of the tires, which isn’t practical outside of a design office, especially on a truck, where such spokes may practically grind out.
Nonetheless, the Cybertruck is an unmistakable deviation from the usual, and some of us have already fallen in love with it. On the road, it’ll be quite a spectacle.
Under Cybertruck’s hood?
The Cybertruck will come in three distinct versions: single-motor rear-wheel drive, dual-motor all-wheel drive, and tri-motor all-wheel drive. Tesla claims that the single-motor basic model would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and travel around 250 miles between charges. Next up is the Tesla truck with two motors and all-wheel drive, which will allegedly accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and have a 300-mile range. A year after the original introduction, the top-of-the-line tri-motor all-wheel-drive variant will be released. Tesla promises it will have a top speed of 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a range of 500 miles between plug-in.
How’s the inside of the Cybertruck?
The inside of the Cybertruck is full with unusual design cues and one-of-a-kind details, just like the outside. The inside is spacious, with six seats underneath a huge panoramic sunroof. A simple design language is used, with few buttons and knobs, and a low dashboard allows for a lot of sight. A big infotainment screen stands front and center, as we’ve come to expect from Tesla, and will presumably manage many of the vehicle’s features, including climate control and navigation. The steering wheel revealed in the first reveal resembles a video game controller or a Formula 1 wheel more than anything else in a car.
How’s the towing and hauling on the Cybertruck?
When compared to existing 1500-series trucks, the Tesla Cybertruck’s weight ratings of 7,500 pounds (single-motor), 10,000 pounds (dual-motor), and 14,000 pounds (tri-motor) appear to be fairly competitive. The problem is that we’re not sure that an all-electric pickup can achieve that in practice. Why? A Model X is supposed to tow up to 5,000 pounds, but our long-term test car had difficulties hauling a featherweight trailer. To be clear, lifting the weight physically wasn’t a problem; the issue will most likely be range and recharging. Towing with a Cybertruck is twice as inefficient as pulling with a gasoline-powered vehicle, if not more, thus we can only image the range depletion caused by towing 10,000 pounds or more. The payload capacity of the Cybertruck is stated to be 3,500 pounds, which is rather amazing. Heavy-duty impressive ,to put it another way. Even with adjustable air suspension, we’re not sure if the unloaded ride will be genuinely pleasant with so much capacity.
We’re big advocates of electric cars, and we also appreciate the usefulness that pickup trucks provide. However, all bets are off since the Tesla Cybertruck’s unique design will not fit into any current molds or meet any preconceived notions. The specs appear excellent, and the pricing seem to be in line with what consumers are prepared to spend for a vehicle, but the truck’s significantly conceptual character raises a lot of issues. Needless to say, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one