The Tesla Cybertruck: Pioneering the Future of Electric Pickups

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Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck (Credits: Hot Cars)

Behold, the long-anticipated arrival of the Tesla Cybertruck is now a reality, and your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The grand unveiling took place at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, and enthusiasts worldwide had the opportunity to witness the momentous event via a livestream on X, previously known as Twitter.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, kicked off the proceedings by boldly stating, “You have a car here that experts said would never be made… I think it’s our best product. Finally, the future will look like the future.” He went on to describe the Cybertruck as “a better truck than a truck, and a better sports car than a sports car in the same package.”

Remaining true to its roots, the Cybertruck retains its stainless steel body for production. Musk proudly declared that this “exoskeleton” provides the Cybertruck with greater torsional stiffness than a McLaren P1. Notably, the “shatter-resistant glass,” which had experienced a notorious mishap during the original 2019 launch, demonstrated its durability this time around as a baseball thrown at the window bounced off effortlessly.

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck (Credits: The New York Times)

According to Tesla, it can withstand a baseball thrown at 70 mph or “class 4 hail.” The vehicle also showcased resilience against bullets from a Tommy gun in a video, along with Joe Rogan firing a high-powered arrow at it.

The Cybertruck boasts an impressive 11,000-pound towing capacity and a 2500-pound payload. Its six-foot by four-foot composite bed can accommodate four-by-eight-foot plywood pieces with the tailgate down, eliminating the need for a bed liner.

Weighing in at a claimed 6843 pounds for the tri-motor model, the Cybertruck features adaptive air suspension with a remarkable 17.4 inches of ground clearance, riding on 35-inch all-terrain tires. The vehicle incorporates steer-by-wire technology, rear-wheel steering, and rear torque vectoring, with Musk boasting a turning circle smaller than a Model S.

Operating on an 800-volt electric architecture, the Cybertruck aims for impressive performance metrics, including a 2.6-second 60-mph time in “Beast” mode for the top Cyberbeast model and a quarter-mile time of under 11.0 seconds.

Tesla’s website reveals three trims: RWD, AWD, and Cyberbeast. The RWD, slated for a 2025 release, boasts a 6.5-second 0-60 mph time, a top speed of 112 mph, and a towing capacity of 7500 pounds, with a claimed range of 250 miles.

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck (Credits: Automotive News)

The AWD model, generating 600 horsepower, accelerates to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, offering a range of 340 miles. An optional “range extender” enhances the range to over 470 miles. The AWD can add 136 miles of range in just 15 minutes on Tesla Superchargers.

The top-tier Cyberbeast model achieves a 2.6-second 0-60 mph time, 845 horsepower, and a top speed of 130 mph, with a range of 320 miles (440 miles with the range-extender). Both the AWD and Cyberbeast ride on 20-inch wheels, with the latter capable of replenishing 128 miles of range in 15 minutes on a Tesla Supercharger.

As the Cybertrucks rolled onto the stage, Musk declared, “Deliveries begin now.” Notably, the design features concealed door handles, and the front doors appear to open via a button on the B-pillar.

Tesla emphasizes the Cybertruck’s quiet interior, comparing it to “outer space,” and showcases an 18.5-inch central touchscreen complemented by a secondary 9.4-inch screen for rear passengers. The vehicle also offers a claimed 67 cubic feet of lockable storage, including the bed.

Tesla provided warranty details, with a four-year or 50,000-mile basic vehicle warranty and an eight-year or 150,000-mile warranty for the battery and drive unit, applicable to both the AWD and Cyberbeast models. However, specifics for the RWD warranty remain undisclosed.

For those eager to make the Cybertruck their own, the RWD model starts at $60,990, the AWD at $79,990, and the Cyberbeast at a base price of $99,990.

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