CEO Elon Musk took to the stage Thursday night to unveil Tesla’s futuristic new Cybertruck.
Musk wasted no time in unveiling the Cybertruck, with Tesla’s new pick-up truck unveiled just minutes into the livestream. As promised, the Cybertruck’s aesthetic could have been pulled out of a science fiction movie.
Cybertruck was designed with an exoskeleton design made out of ultra hard 30x cold-rolled stainless steel, rather than a conventional body-on-frame chassis. Tesla’s Chief Designer Franz demonstrated the rigidity of the truck by taking a sledgehammer to a door panel, revealing that it has almost military-level durability. Musk described the truck as “really tough, not fake tough.” “Normal truck doors might as well be made out of tissue paper.”
Cybertruck is designed to be scratch-proof, dent-proof, and bulletproof to a 9mm handgun.
Fittingly, Cybertruck is also equipped with Tesla Armor Glass which is made out of innovative transparent metal glass. In a test compared to normal glass, Tesla’s glass didn’t shatter even under the most strenuous testing. (Although, it did shatter without breaking during on-stage testing.)
Adaptive Air Suspension is included standard, with the ability to adjust ride height. It will have the highest clearance of any production truck at up to 16”.
The rear of Cybertruck has 100 feet of lockable exterior storage, with a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. A tug-of-war video shows the Cybertruck pulling a F-150 uphill with minimal effort.
0-60 time is 2.9 seconds, with a 1/4 mile time of ten seconds. Compared to a Porsche 911, there is no comparison: Cybertruck pulls far ahead of it.
Off-road capability exceeds any other production vehicle.
Three range options: 250+ miles, 300+ miles, 500+ miles.
On-board 110v/220v outlets are also included with an on-board air compressor.
Autopilot is included standard, with Full-Self Driving capability available.
The biggest surprise is a starting price of $39,900.
Compared to gas-guzzling internal combustion engine trucks, the cost of ownership is significantly lower which makes it comparable to a gasoline truck that’s “$10-15,000 less.”
The event concluded with the surprise unveiling of a Tesla ATV that can be stored on the Cybertruck with a load mode that reveals an on-board ramp. Once mounted on the Cybertruck, the ATV begins automatically charging.
Cybertruck can be ordered now at https://www.tesla.com/cybertruck. Production is expected to begin in late 2021.
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