Tesla’s pickup truck of the near future

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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on December 6, 2019

Tesla’s latest revelation from its fleet of electric vehicles, the Cybertruck, has no similar appearance to the pickup trucks we’ve seen in the past. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO unveiled the Cybertruck at Tesla’s Design Studio in California in November where he remarked,

“trucks have been the same for a very long time…like a hundred years, trucks have been basically the same. We want to try something different.”

Tesla’s Cybertruck. Artist_Studio / Shutterstock.com

Musk demonstrated a range of features on the truck, including its armoured characteristics and impact-resistant exterior and windows. One of his assistants threw a metal ball at the windows, which left large cracks, but never penetrated the windows. To demonstrate the exterior’s strong characteristic, Musk also had his assistant hit the door of the truck with a sledgehammer, leaving no visible damages. 

The design of the truck’s exterior is angular with more angles and corners than we’re used to seeing on vehicles. Tesla boasts that this exterior is nearly impenetrable. It’s referred to as an exoskeleton, made out of a stainless steel material developed by Tesla. The truck’s design also allows most of the weight of the truck to be supported by the outer skin.

With all-electric features, there is no need for the traditional mechanical system comprised of an internal combustion engine. This allows electric vehicles to be incredibly spacious. Tesla’s Cybertruck features a six-seat, two-row interior with storage under the second-row seats and 100 cubic feet of storage on the outside, which can be secured.  

The American automotive and energy company also claims that the truck can carry up to 3,500 lbs. One of the assistants rode an ATV onto the truck via the built-in ramp during the unveiling. According to the website, one of the three models can pull up to 14,000 lbs. In a video shown during the announcement by Elon Musk, the Cybertruck could be seen overpowering and pulling a Ford F-150 uphill. The F-150 is the most popular pickup truck in the United States.

Tesla’s website currently lists prices starting at USD 39,900 for the Single Motor model, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds. The Dual Motor model Performance costs USD 49,900 and can reach 60mph in less than 4.5 seconds. The most expensive model is the Tri Motor model, which has a base price of USD 69,900. This model can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds.

Customers in the United States can now preorder the model of their choice by depositing a refundable $100. Production is expected to occur in 2021.

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