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Tesla Shocks With Sci-Fi Looking Cybertruck

Tesla Shocks With Sci-Fi Looking Cybertruck

Late last night Tesla revealed its latest creation, the Cybertruck. The long-rumored Tesla pickup is no longer just a rumor, but it isn’t quite the traditional pickup truck most expected out of Tesla. Instead, this is some sort of Sci-Fi looking truck of the future.

“Trucks have been the same for a very long time, we wanted to try something different,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the reveal, which took place at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Different, indeed. The very angular pickup looks nothing like anything else on the market today. The hood and windshield are basically one big angle to a peak at the center of the roofline. Subsequently, there’s basically no curves on this design; odd since the rest of the Tesla lineup is quite curvy.

All of that angular sheetmetal is comprised of the same stainless steel that SpaceX is using to build its Starship. This means the Cybertruck is extremely tough, demonstrated when a Tesla executive took a sledgehammer to the side of the truck on display and it has little to no impact on the truck. Tesla is also using special glass that can withstand a 9mm bullet impact.

Tesla says the Cybertruck will have a singular electric motor at the rear axle in base form, while mid-range models will feature a dual-motor all-wheel-drive layout. Cybertruck will also launch a new tri-motor layout for the high-end model. Tesla is claiming the tri-motor Cybertruck will do zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

So far battery details have been light, with Tesla only confirming there will be ranges of over 250, over 300 and over 500 mile range variants of the Cybertruck. Prices will start at $39,900, $49,900 and $69,900, respectively.

All Cybertruck’s will be in a crew cab formation with a 6.5-foot bed that’s capable of a payload up to 3,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the Cybertruck will be capable of towing up to 14,000 pounds; while owners will be able to plug into 110v and 220v power outlets. Cybertruck even has an onboard air compressor.

A standard air suspension system also enables up to 16-inches of ground clearance.

Tesla has already started taking pre-orders for the Cybertruck on its website, which require a fully-refundable $100 deposit. The company says production of the Cybertruck will commence in late 2021, but it is worth mentioning Tesla has taken deposits on several products that have not hit the market after several years.

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. jgill16
    If Gm or Ford did this ,it would be on front page of newspaper as laughing stock. Tesla can get away with this, they got orders already. What is this world coming too.
    Tone
    Haven't watched the launch, though I hear it was a giant mess. That said, I'm probably in the minority that thinks this is a cool, futuristic take on the classic pickup. Looks like what might happen if Bertone designed a pickup. I'm not a truck guy, but this captures my attention.

    The specs and price -- if delivered -- would be very competitive. However, this might be the first time that Tesla enters a market with existing competition. It sounds like the Rivan will be out (and that's a more conventionally attractive truck with some very impressive specs, albeit at a higher price). Ford's electric F150 will also likely be out as might GM's electrified product. Can Tesla thrive against competition? Perhaps that's why they are going with love-it or hate-it design -- traditional truck people would probably go with the electrified F150 no matter what. This design might attract a different audience who are interested in a Tesla truck. We'll see ...

    One interesting take from a co-worker who isn't into cars. She felt this looked like a military vehicle, which for her was a turn-off. Where I saw 70s/80s Bertone supercars, scaled up to a pickup truck, she saw advanced tactical weapons. Wonder if that's a more common reaction (and what Telsa was going for with all the 'bullet proof tough' demos) and how that might play with different markets.
    Andrew_L
    This is a joke right?
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