Tesla Cybertruck: A Blocky Beast Unveiled
The rumour mill can now rest assured in knowing that pretty much all predictions were wrong. The Tesla Cybertruck (or Cybrtrk) looks nothing like anyone expected.
"It's hard to tell which one is which", says Tesla CEO Elon Musk in front of a slide of three pickup trucks right before unveiling the Cybertruck.
But the topic wasn't just the fact that, according to Musk, all pickups look alike, but also that we, humanity, need sustainable energy and we need it now.
The bass swells, lasers shine into the Tesla Design Center and it's a piece of the original soundtrack of Mad Max Fury Road playing.
Flames shoot out behind a vehicle driving up on stage. The Cybertruck is here.
A Truck with an Exoskeleton
The exterior, so claims Tesla's official Cybertruck Website, is made for "ultimate durability and passenger protection". The so-called exoskeleton of the Cybertruck is "nearly impenetrable" and made from "ultra-hard 30X Cold-Rolled Stainless Steel" and Tesla's own Armor Glass.
The Exoskeleton aims to protect the passengers like nothing before it.
Not only should the exoskeleton made of the best material Tesla could find protect the passengers of the Cybertruck, but also protect it from damage, dents and corrosion. With a monochrome finish, it has not just a distinct shape, but also a very distinct colour scheme.
It is unknown at this point if the Cybertruck will come in a different colour. Tesla's pre-order site does not offer the option of picking a colour yet.
The blocky design will surely be divisive.
The cargo area can be closed or opened as well as extended with a range of addons.
The Interior that Matches the Outside
Inside the Tesla Cybertruck, you will find a mixture of Tesla's minimalist design with the cyberpunk aesthetics that Elon Musk has announced many a time over the past few months. He claims that inspiration has been taken from movies like Blade Runner.
Does this look comfortable?
One thing seems slightly out of place, though. The odd markings on the dashboard. Are these smudges that were added to the render to simulate use or are they part of the design?
The Cybertruck comfortably sits six people, three in front, three in the back. There's additional storage capacity under the back seats. Passengers in the front row will be using the steering wheel that has a distinct shape that is reminiscent of the 1980s TV show Knight Rider and a 17" tablet that controls the car and outputs drive data. The User Interface apparently has completely redesigned, according to Tesla. Other than that, there's not much to see, keeping in line with Tesla's minimalist strategy when it comes to interior design.
Under the Hood
The Tesla Cybertruck has been announced with an impressive drivetrain: "With the ability to pull near infinite mass and a towing capability of over 14,000 pounds, Cybertruck can perform in almost any extreme situation with ease. "
This boast seems to be supported by the specs, which sort of put a dent in the "infinite mass" claim, but remain impressive nontheless.
The Tesla Cybertruck can be preordered in three variations.
The Single Motor RWD accelerates from 0-60 in under 6.5 seconds, has a range of 250 miles or more and can tow over 7500 pounds of weight. It costs at least $39900.
The Dual Motor AWD accelerates from 0-60 in under 4.5 seconds, has a range of 300 miles or more and can tow over 10000 pounds of weight. It costs at least $49900.
The Tri-Motor AWD accelerates from 0-60 in under 2.9 seconds, has a range of 500 miles or more and can tow over 14000 pounds of weight. It costs at least $69900.
The Cybertruck's cost can rise by as much as $7000 if you add the self-driving feature. If you order a Cybertruck today, Tesla insists on a down payment of $100.
All Cybertrucks share an adaptive air suspension with a ground clearance of up to 16 inches. The truck has an approach angle of 35 degrees and a departure angle of 28 degrees.
Elon Musk's "One More Thing"
The words "one more thing" in tech suggest that there's something more to come that will make audiences gape in awe. They were the words Steve Jobs has used before introducing the world to the iPhone and changing the world of mobile communications forever.
Elon Musk has used the words before introducing the ATV.
Not much is known about the vehicle so far, but the aesthetics match that of the Cybertruck.
Image: The Verge
In addition to that, Tesla seems to be working on a variety of add-ons for the truck.
There appears to be a trailer.
And there also seems to be some sort of modular camping add-on.
Presales for the Tesla Cybertruck have started.