Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck last night in Hawthorne, California, which will come in three versions, ranging from $39,900 to $69,900. Tesla also unveiled an equally futuristic electric ATV to go along with their new truck.
As you feast your eyes upon the new Cybertruck, one word inevitably comes to mind: future. Elon Musk had alluded to the fact that the Cybertruck would resemble nothing else that’s currently on the road today, and he was not lying. Last night Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company’s first pickup truck, but calling the Cybertruck a pickup just doesn’t seem right—its insane design destroys every preconceived notion about what a truck can look like.
Let’s get into details, namely about its certainly controversial design. Curves are nonexistent on the Cybertruck as rigid lines dominate the entire exterior and interior. Working with electric batteries instead of gas powered engines means that the designers are unrestricted by the conventional truck design which puts the engine in front of the cab. Because of this, the Cybertruck shifts the cab forward and much lower, as there’s no engine blocking the view of the driver. Its high approach and exit angles make it excellent for off-roading.
Musk wasn’t kidding when he said referred to the Cybertruck as “Bladerunner-esque”, but its polygonal shape won’t please everyone. Indeed, it certainly doesn’t look like any other truck out there, but is that good or bad? If you’re looking for my answer, it’s good. The car industry needs companies like Tesla that just throw industry norms out the windows. Ugly or pretty, it’s certainly forward looking but most importantly, it’s new. Pickup trucks have maintained the same shape across multiple companies for decades. Time to shake things up.
Of course, what would a new Tesla model be without industry leading electric battery tech? The Cybertruck was unveiled in three trims: single, dual, or triple motors are your options. The three options will be listed below along with their corresponding price, range, towing capacity, and 0-60 time.
- Single motor rear-wheel drive: 250 miles of range, 7500-pound towing capacity, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, starting at $39,900.
- Dual motor all-wheel drive: 300 miles of range, 10,000-pound towing capacity, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, starting at $49,900.
- Triple motor all-wheel drive: 500 miles of range, 14,000-pound towing capacity, 0-60 in under 2.9 seconds, starting at $69,900.
For comparison, the Ford F-150 can tow between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds, has a 0-60 time of around 6 seconds, and starts just under $30,000. Elon Musk said that the Cybertruck would out-truck the F-150, and while the numbers seem promising, that’s still left to be decided. Most impressive by far out of all the trims is the triple motor version. Although it won’t come until 2022, the numbers suggest that it’ll be like no truck ever made before—and perhaps this is the version that’ll be a better sports car than a 911 as Musk suggested.
Right as the event was coming to a close, Elon told the crowd he had one more thing to show. And out of nowhere, a suited up rider pulled up in an all-electric Tesla four-wheeler, which then rode up onto the Cybertruck via a pull-out ramp in the bed. There’s not much info regarding the ATV, but it’s as sci-fi as the truck, and will likely be sold alongside it.
More information will be coming out regarding Tesla’s first pickup truck, so check back for more updates.