After teasing and taunting Ford and other truck makers for months about the Tesla Cybertruck, the truck has been unvieled. It’s cool in a way, but it’s not a design that most truck buyers are likely to be interested in. It’s more a lifestyle vehicle trying to lure buyers wanting something quirky and cool that a real truck meant to sell to the masses. Tesla may be the first to market, but the fully electric Ford F-150 will have the looks that most truck buyers want if they are thinking about going electric.
The Tesla Cybertruck has a very angular design and takes a page out of the DeLorean playbook using exposed stainless steel that Tesla calls the exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is made from ultra-hard 30x cold-rolled stainless-steel structure and has Tesla armor glass. It should be a durable ride. Tesla says that the hardened exterior panels will help to eliminate dents and long-term corrosion with a “smooth monochrome exoskeleton” that it says provides passengers with maximum protection.
The Tesla Armor Glass is a glass and polymer-layered composite that can absorb and redirect impact forces for improved performance and damage tolerance. The truck bed has 100 cubic-feet of lockable storage with under-bed, frunk, and sail pillar storage. The bed is covered by a “magic tonneau cover” that is strong enough to stand on. The suspension can be raised and lowered by four inches to make loading easier. The truck has onboard power and compressed air. Tesla says that the truck can tow 14,000 pounds.
Inside the Cybertruck has storage under the second-row seats and an advanced 17-inch touchscreen on the dash. As for driving range, Tesla says that it can go up to 500miles per charge, and the Cybertruck offers impressive performance with 0-60 mph coming in as little as 2.9 seconds. Cybertruck will come in a single motor RWD with 7,500 pound towing and a 250-mile range. The dual-motor AWD version is good for 10,000 pounds of towing and over 300 miles of range.
The tri motor AWD version is the top end with 14,000 pounds towing and over 500 miles of range. All versions have up to 16-inches of ground clearance and standard autopilot and adaptive air suspension. As for pricing, Tesla has put the Cybertruck right in the mix with regular trucks price-wise with the single motor starting at $39,900, dual motor AWD at $49,900, and tri motor AWD for $69,900. The self-driving package adds $7,000 to any version. Reserving one is $100 with configuraitons able to be chosen in late 2021 and production of the tri motor AWD starting in late 2022. It’s worth noting that Tesla often overpromises delivery dates and pricing.