It’s been a long time coming, and the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck is finally and officially here. Elon Musk and team reveal their latest electric pickup truck creation for the world to see.
Here is everything you need to know about the new truck from Tesla.
There will there models of the truck: single-motor RWD, dual-motor AWD, and tri-motor AWD.
The base rear-wheel-drive truck will start at a surprisingly low $39,900. The dual-motor will start at $49,900, and the tri-motor will be starting at $69,900.
The Cybertruck has basically the same dimensions as a current Ford F-150. The body is made out of stainless steel. In fact, the body sheet metal is bullet proof up to a 9mm full metal jacket, according to Tesla. The glass is shatter-proof, but both glass panels on the driver side broke during the live debut after heavy metal balls were thrown at it.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said during the presentation that the body of the new truck is an exoskeleton. In other words, the outer body of the truck is also load bearing. It is truly a unibody construction.
Tesla did not disclose power output for the new Cybertruck. Some other source estimate the maximum power output of the tri-motor system to be nearly 800 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. However, we do not have any information to confirm or deny this.
It will have up to 16 inches of ground clearance with the help of adjustable air suspension. The truck is listed to have up to 35 degrees of approach and 28 degrees of departure. This is highly competitive in the full-size truck segment.
Towing & Payload
The base RWD truck is listed with a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs. The dual-motor AWD can tow up to 10,000 lbs. And the top-of-the-line tri-motor AWD will tow up to 14,000 lbs.
Maximum payload is listed at 3,500 lbs for all models, which is a little strange. For a current conventional pickup truck, the more options you add and the heavier the truck gets – the less total payload it will have.
The screen behind Elon Musk also said that the truck will be able to pull “Infinity”.
The quickest model will to a 0-60 MPH acceleration in 2.9 seconds. The base truck will do the same run in about 6.5 seconds.
Range & Charging
The base RWD Cybertruck will have a driving range of about 250 miles. The dual-motor will go about 300 miles on a full charge. The top-of-the-line tri-motor is listed with a maximum range of 500 miles.
Charging times are not yet listed, but the Tesla says the truck is capable of 250 kW charging speeds. This is comparable to the quickest charging speeds available with the current Tesla cars and SUVs.
The Cybertruck offers a six person seating configuration: three in the front and three in the back. The roof panel is glass. The dashboard in very simple with a familiar giant 17-inch touch-screen in the middle. The steering wheel is a rectangular unit.
It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Vault
The Cybertruck appears to have a built-in rear tonneau cover that when closed makes the vehicle look like a long SUV. Tesla calls the space within – the vault. The rear vault and the front storage space (frunk) offer a total 100 cu-ft of cargo volume with the vault top cover closed. The bed floor is 6.5-feet long, according to the specs.
The truck has onboard 120v and 220v output ports for powering other accessories, such as your campsite, tools, or an electric ATV. The truck also has an onboard air-compressor.
By the way, Tesla also built what appears to be an electric ATV that was shown during the presentation.