23 December 2020
After years of rumors and an official teaser last year, Elon Musk has finally unveiled Tesla's first fully electric pickup truck named Tesla Cybertruck. Just like the name, the truck looks nothing like you have seen on the road. It has a design that looks futuristic and straight out of some sci-fi movie or TV show.
Musk started off talking about the Tesla Cybertruck by focusing on durability and passenger protection. He said that the truck's exoskeleton is made up of material that is sturdy and "impenetrable". The demonstration involved a man hitting the door of the truck with a sledgehammer which resulted in no effect, not even a slightest of a dent.
He went on to talk about Tesla Armor Glass claimed to way more durable and shatterproof than the standard glass used in other pickup trucks. While the first demo on the glass panel was a success, the second demo on the truck itself proved to be a drastic failure. Both window glasses shattered very easily that you can also see in the image below.
In terms of technical specifications, the Tesla Cybertruck has been announced in three range models: 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles. The top of the line model is capable of towing more than 14,000 lbs and can reach from 0 to 60 in only 2.9 seconds. Musk even showed the truck engaging in a drag race with Porsche 911 where the former emerged victoriously.
The three models come with a single motor, dual-motor, and tri-motor rear-while drive respectively. The first two models have a towing capability of over 7,500 lbs and 10,500 lbs along with 0 to 60 pickup in 6.5 seconds and 4.5 seconds respectively. Tesla has priced the base model at $39,900; mid-range model at $49,900; and the top-end model at $69,900.
All the Tesla Cybertruck variants are already up for preorders via the Tesla website by paying a making a $100 deposit. Musk revealed that single and dual-motor models will go under mass production starting late 2021 followed by the tri-motor model in late 2022.