The New Tesla Cybertruck
The Tesla Cybertruck should be a no-brainer — take the inherent qualities of a utilitarian pickup, swap the engine for a battery pack and call it a day. But then, that’s not the way Tesla approaches a new vehicle, is it? With the angularity of a paper airplane, zero rounded surfaces, and a sharply peaked roof, the Cybertruck looks like no truck you’ve ever seen. The unpainted stainless steel bed and cab are fully integrated into one unit using unibody construction.
Tesla is expanding its lineup to include one of the most popular body styles in America—the pickup truck. With seriously impressive stats for both an EV and a pickup, the Cybertruck gives the company a potentially strong seller given how well trucks sell in this country.
The Cybertruck will be available in three different configurations, which are all based on the number of electric motors each has. While all-wheel drive is standard on all but the single-motor version, each additional motor means quicker acceleration, longer driving range, and greater towing capacity.
What’s under the Cybertruck’s hood?
Three versions of the Cybertruck will be offered: base single-motor rear-wheel-drive, dual-motor all-wheel-drive, and tri-motor all-wheel-drive models. The single-motor base model will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and cover about 250 miles between charges, Tesla says. Next up is the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Tesla truck, which will reportedly accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and provide a range of 300 miles. The top-level tri-motor all-wheel-drive model will be delivered a year after the initial launch. Tesla claims it will be capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and covering 500 miles between plug-ins.
Towing and Payload Capacity
If the Cybertruck can tow as much as Tesla claims, it will have a higher maximum rating than popular alternatives such as the Ram 1500. While the single- and dual-motor Teslas have a maximum tow rating of 7500 and 10,000 pounds, respectively, models with a third motor will be able to pull a whopping 14,000 pounds. Every Cybertruck can also haul 3500 pounds in its 6.5-foot cargo bed.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Tesla didn’t reveal the size of the batteries that will power its electrified pickup. However, every model will have a 250-kW charging cable. Of course, it will also have access to Tesla’s vast network of Superchargers. Its driving range varies with the number of motors, but Tesla claims the single motor has a range of 250-plus miles, the dual motors boast 300-plus miles of range, and the top-tier tri-motor setup should provide more than 500 miles on a single charge.
Infotainment and Connectivity
As with most of the interior, specific details about the Cybertruck’s infotainment system are largely a mystery. However, we do know every model will have a big 17-inch touchscreen that is horizontally mounted in the center of the dashboard.
The Cybertruck’s interior is nearly as unique as its body. The exterior’s design language has been carried over, meaning there are lots of sharp angles, especially in the dashboard area, which looks like a flat ledge with a steering wheel and massive 17-inch touchscreen protruding out of it. It’s all a bit spartan, as are the seats. There’s some padding visible, but they don’t exactly scream comfort.
What might be most surprising about the Cybertruck—and could be its most appealing feature—is its price. According to Tesla, the vehicle will be remarkably accessible. Despite its cutting-edge features and beefy performance, the single-motor model starts at an affordable $39,900, while the dual-motor and tri-motor editions will sell for $49,900 and $69,900, respectively. You can also add Tesla’s self-driving technology, Autopilot, to the vehicle for $8,000, though the brand warns that cost may increase over time. It’s also worth noting that Tesla’s Autopilot does not yet offer true autonomous driving; rather, it serves as an enhanced driver-assist feature for the vehicle.
Will you get It?