It’s angular, it’s stainless steel, and can withstand 9mm rounds. Everybody, the Tesla Cybertruck is here and ready to put you off your lunch.
Yeah, it’s not the greatest looking truck in the world, but Elon Musk was right when he said it would look like something from Bladerunner. This DeLorean looking EV was revealed last night during a livestream and features not just impressive performance, but features we’ve never seen on a stock truck before.
— Sofiaan Fraval (@Sofiaan) November 22, 2019
The angular body is made from “ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel,” which can withstand 9mm rounds, but while the Tesla team tested this during the livestream by throwing steel balls at the window, the window smashed. “Oh my fu**ing god,” Elon said as he witnessed the damage being done.
— WONDER ARAN RHAENYRA 🏳️🌈 🏳️🌈💚💜 (@tzantzi) November 22, 2019
This would be an issue, but according to Nir Kahn on Twitter, director of design for Plasan, bulletproof glass is supposed to react like that. So it’s not all bad, then. The issue is what happens if you’re stuck in the vehicle and you need to smash the window. This is an issue that Tesla will have to overcome on closer to production.
I’d rather not do a public critique here for reasons but I will say that this is exactly what armoured glass does when you hit it and that legal automotive side glass is supposed to smash into little beads to let you out without cutting you
— Nir Kahn (@Nir_Kahn) November 22, 2019
The load bay stands at 6.5-foot tall like Ford’s F150, and here you can find 2,800-litres of space. The panel that covers this space will apparently be able to slide to the ground to produce a ramp to help load ATVs and the like, however we wonder how its sharp edges will fair when pedestrian safety is taken into account. However, a lot of these angular corners are softened with lights that run the entire width of the vehicle both front and back, and above the wedge-like windscreen.
Say what you want about its design, its the stats that make this vehicle rather impressive. It comes with three motor options: A single RWD motor which has a range of 250+ miles, a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds, and a towing capacity of 3,400kg. A two-motor AWD option is available with a 300-mile range, 60mph in 4.5 seconds, and a 4,500kg towing capacity. The third and final option is a tri-motor setup, with a range of over 500 miles, 60mph in 2.9 seconds, and a towing capacity of 6,300kg.
— Tesla Owners Club Western Australia (@tesla_wa) November 22, 2019
We don’t have any information on the batteries, but so far it’s sounding like electricity might be the future, no?
Air springs sit at each corner, giving the driver the option of an increase in ride-height of 400mm. I can’t wait to see what these things can do off-road.
The interior, just like the Model 3, is simplistic with no information behind the wheel. All information is shown through the centre screen like speed, climate control, and maps. Due to the fact that there is no central gear stick or handbrake, Tesla has managed to squeeze an extra seat into the front resulting in seating for six, and the driver’s wheel looks like it’s straight from the Tesla Roadster.
Prices start at just $39,900, with the top spec tri-motor reaching only $69,900, but unfortunately both ranges aren’t going to be here any time soon. The base model will arrive in 2021, and the tri-motor will be one long year later.