The EV truck has a range of 547 km (340 miles).
The Cybertruck has 20-inch wheels.
The angular design is still part of the formula.
Tesla’s Cybertruck has been long-awaited. Unveiled in 2019, the sharp-edged electric truck finally made its appearance (in production form) at a delivery event. The first owners of the American pickup did indeed receive their vehicle alongside brand dignitaries, and even Tesla’s top man, Elon Musk.
The man himself was very proud to finally unveil the final version of his Cybertruck, the truck which, according to the brand, still has over a million reservations. The automaker has a lot of work ahead of it, especially as Mr. Musk has pushed back the start of mass production to 2025. We’ll have to be patient, especially those who didn’t reserve their Cybertruck at the very beginning of the process.
The angular body remains, as does the stainless-steel body panels. The design is very similar to that of the prototype, notably the 20-inch wheels covered with those rugged hubcaps that extend over the special tires.
Behind, the bed can be covered with a panel that can be folded into the vehicle. Its dimensions are compatible with the 4×8 sheet of plywood, with 6-fee in length and 4-feet in width, while the floor is completely flat. It is said to be capable of loading up to 2,500 lb of equipment, while the volume of this cargo box, when the lid is closed, is 1,897 liters.
Inside, Tesla’s usual clean, uncluttered ambience is back, unsurprisingly. The dashboard features an almost rectangular steering wheel and a central screen that serves as the vehicle’s backbone. In the center of the two front-seat occupants is a console housing storage space, two cupholders and two wireless charging surfaces for smart phones.
The Cybertruck is offered with three engine options. The first, with two rear-wheel drive, is the most affordable with a claimed range of 250 miles (or 402 km) and an acceleration time to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.5 seconds. Towing capacity is 7,500 lb, the equivalent of a gasoline-powered mid-size pickup truck.
The more expensive and faster four-wheel-drive variant comes with an acceleration time of 3.9 seconds to 60 mph (96 km/h) and a longer range of 340 miles (or 547 km). On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive model can tow up to 11,000 lb, a weight more in line with what full-size trucks offer.
But, as Tesla has accustomed us to performance versions, the Cybertruck can be ordered with the CyberBeast package, which adds a third electric motor to the equation, reducing the time to 60 mph (96 km/h) on a standing start to 2.6 seconds. Towing capacity is the same as for the 4WD model, but top speed rises from 112 mph (180 km/h) in the two regular versions, to 130 mph (209 km/h). Range, however, drops slightly to 320 miles (515 km).
Tesla also announced that a range extender would eventually be added, enabling the truck to cover over 470 miles (or 756 km). Unfortunately, at this time, the type of range extender has not been revealed.
Where it gets interesting for future customers of this monster of the road is its 800-volt architecture, a technology that allows recharging in just 15 minutes… at a Tesla Supercharger, of course. This would add 235 km to the truck’s possible range.
It remains to be seen whether the manufacturer will be more successful in delivering its trucks, as Tesla does not have an immaculate record in this respect. And let’s not forget that the entire automotive industry must still deal with supply problems.
Several questions remain unanswered, not least those about the initial promises made in 2019. Tesla originally promised a pickup truck with a starting price of $30,000 (in US dollars) and a range of up to 500 miles (805 km). Unfortunately, the starting price has doubled in the U.S. ($60,990) – no Canadian prices are available currently – and the possible distance between recharges is limited to 340 miles (547 km). All in all, a new player has joined the electric pickup truck war.