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News 5 Questions About The Tesla Cybertruck Answered

5 Questions About The Tesla Cybertruck Answered

Tesla officially enters electric pickup game, puts Rivian on notice

  • New Tesla Cybertruck pickup offers three versions – Single Motor AWD, Dual Motor AWD, Tri Motor AWD
  • Available now for order
  • Has up 14,000 pounds of towing capacity
  • Will start at $39,900

The new Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled tonight and as usual, Elon Musk did not disappoint. There are a lot of things that Tesla does extremely well, and creating hype for a new product is right at the top of the list. The Cybertruck unveiled tonight in California is the perfect example.

People have been waiting for it for a long, long time for a Tesla truck. Tesla and Elon Musk have been talking about a pickup since all the way back 2012, as a matter of fact. At the time, Tesla hinted at a truck that could compete with the Ford F-250 Super Duty. Now, it seems like the best-selling Ford F-150 is what the company is aiming for, although upcoming electric trucks from Rivian and General Motors are obviously in Tesla’s sights.

Ultimately, however, Musk took shots at the entire truck segment and every model in it.

“Trucks have been the same for a very long time, they have been the same for a hundred years”, Musk said. “We need something different”.

The Tesla Cybertruck is certainly different.

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck


What’s New About The Tesla Cybertruck?

Well, it’s a Tesla, and it’s a Tesla pickup. It’s Tesla’s first truck and fifth model overall after the Model 3, Model S, Model X and upcoming Model Y.

It looks like a military truck out of a sci-fi movie, and it is equipped like one. It’s bulletproof against a 9 mm bullet and can take a sledgehammer to the door without a dent.

The reason behind the Cybertruck’s body rigidity is that the mass of the truck has been pushed to the outside. This isn’t your typical body-on-frame layout, but rather an exoskeleton design that creates rigidity from the outside. Oh, and the body is made of stainless steel, like a Delorean.

The Cybertruck also has an adaptive suspension that provides adjustable ride height capabilities to adjust the suspension level based on what the truck is doing exactly. The ride height can reach 16 inches and the air suspension can actually be disconnected in order to serve as an independent air compressor. Approach angle is rated at 35 degrees with a 28-degree departure angle.

There are three versions of the Cybertruck, Single Motor AWD, Dual Motor AWD, Tri Motor AWD. Towing capacity is rated at 7,500, 10,000, and 14,000 pounds respectively. Payload is 3,500 pounds regardless of trim.

Range is rated at 250, 300, and 500 miles respectively and the top-of-the-line Cybertruck can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Entry- and mid-level versions do it in 6.5 seconds and 4.5 seconds.

Tesla Cybertruck

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How Much Will It Cost?

The Tesla Cybertruck will start at $39,900 which, dare we say, is pretty impressive. The other versions will start at $49,900 and $69,900.


When Will It Arrive On The Market?

Tesla didn’t say when deliveries would be begin, but you can order a Tesla Cybertruck right now.


Who Will It Compete With?

As stated previously, Musk took shots at the entire truck industry. He wants you to buy this instead of a Ford F-150, Ram 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra. He would probably tell you to buy this instead of a Super Duty or Heavy Duty as well.

The Rivian R1T will be a competitor as well, but for now let’s move on to the last part.


What Do We Think About The Tesla Cybertruck?

That’s because we can’t really talk about competitors right now. Ultimately, the Tesla Cybertruck looks like nothing we have seen before.

To be quite honest, when it came out I was expecting Elon Musk to start laughing and tell the world we had been pranked. “It doesn’t look like anything else” was actually what he said. He’s never been more right about anything in his entire life.

Tesla obviously wanted to shock and surprise, and they did that. The Cybertruck is cartoonish, alien, and odd. It’s like a concept out of the 80s, a truck out of an Avenger movie, a pixelated vehicle in a 2000s war video game.

But it’s also cool in a way no other vehicle is. A vehicle that looks like this has to be bulletproof, and it is. The glass is meant to resist anything you throw at it, although it did break during the demonstration tonight. “Nothing went through” as Elon said. He said it twice as if to be sure we knew that despite appearances, everything was fine.

Tesla Cybertruck

It’s just so out there. In a way, some will say this could be the beginning of the end for Tesla. Oh yeah.

The truck won’t be unanimous, Wall Street may not like it, and we’re not really sure when it’s coming. We may look back on this day and symbolize the unexpected break of the Cybertruck’s glass as a symbol of what was to come and how things stopped working out for Tesla from that point on.

Or, the Cybertruck will usher in a new era of trucks and kick some of America’s most important vehicles to the curb in the next decade.

Another possibility is that we won’t see it for another 5 years anyway, so we can all go about our business.

In any case, there’s a new Tesla in the world, it goes faster than a Porsche 911 and can tow 14,000 pounds while costing just a little more than a Ford F-150 Limited.

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