Can we introduce you to the Tesla Cybertruck? Can we tell you why we feel it is worth having besides the fact that you most definitely will not get shot at, thanks to the bullet proof glass.
The Tesla Cybertruck is Tesla’s answer to conventional pick-ups offered by Ford, GM, and Dodge, it takes its inspiration from somewhere else entirely. Including, according to Elon Musk, the Lotus Esprit.
So, let’s unpack this. What is the Tesla Cybertruck? Something quite different: a monocoque construction rather than the ladder frame used by most rivals, and unpainted stainless steel body panels. Inside there’s seating for six and the load bay is two meters long and totals over 2,800 liters of space, with a built-in cover. It can cope with a payload of over 1,500kg and the top version can tow a maximum of 6,350kg – all par for the course in the US truck market.
There will be three versions available: a rear-drive Single Motor, Dual Motor, and the new Tri-motor set-up with two motors on the rear axle. That version is said to be capable of 0-60mph in under 2.9secs. The others do the sprint in 6.5 and 4.5secs respectively. They also have smaller battery packs than the Tri-Motor which claims a 500-mile range and will cost $69,900.
The entry-level version starts at only $39,900 with the mid-spec version $10,000 more. The glass is armoured, autopilot and adaptive air suspension are standard and there’s over 40cm of ground clearance.
It’s expected to go on sale late in 2021, with the tri-motor version following the year after. That timing means it’s likely to go head to head with electric trucks from Ford and GM, plus the well-received Rivian R1T. So, truck fans, which one will it be? We know which ones we have our eyes on that’s for sure.