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22 November 2019

Tesla boss Elon Musk claims that 200,000 people have placed a deposit for the firm's Cybertruck, less than a week after the radical pick-up was revealed.

The futuristic-looking Ford F-150 rival was revealed at an event in California last Thursday, and is due to go on sale in 2021 with three different versions planned. 

On Saturday, Musk tweeted: "146k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor." On Sunday night, he added another tweet simply saying: "200k."

The Cybertruck is available to reserve for a $100 (£77) fully refundable deposit, which means there's no guarantee all those reservations will eventually become firm sales. The rush to order has netted Tesla $20 million (£15.5 million) in cash.

Musk added that the Cybertruck would be the "last product unveil for a while, but there will be some (mostly) unexpected technology announcements next year." 

The all-electric Cybertruck is the same length (5.87m) as traditional competitors, but that’s where the similarities end. For starters, it features a radical wedge-shape design unlike anything else, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk insists isn’t far from production readiness. 

The Cybertruck’s promised spec list is equally stunning. Three powertrain options will be offered with one, two or three electric motors. The single motor, rear-wheel-drive-only version is said to do 0-60mph in 6.5sec, with no quoted battery size but a claimed range of 250 miles. It can also tow 3400kg and has a 1360kg payload. This is said to cost from $39,900 (around £30,600) before any government incentives. 

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Next up is the mid-range dual-motor variant, offering all-wheel drive, a claimed 0-60mph time of 4.5sec and the ability to tow more than 4500kg. That's said to cost $49,900 (£38,300) before incentives. 

The crowning glory is the top-level car, using Tesla’s latest tri-motor ‘Plaid’ EV powertrain. Priced from $69,900 (£53,700), its specs include a claimed 500-mile range on a charge, 0-60mph in just 2.9sec and the ability to complete the quarter mile in just over 10sec. The towing capacity is 6350kg, Musk claims. 

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The Cybertruck’s angular body is said to be made of “ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel”. It’s said to be bulletproof for up to 9mm rounds, with Musk stressing the body’s ability to resist damage with multiple implements (including a sledgehammer) used to try to break it on stage. However, this plan backfired when Tesla’s head of design smashed both left-side windows by throwing a metal ball at them, prompting Musk to quip: “Room for improvement." 

The load bay is 6.5ft long, the same as that of a standard Ford F-150, and features a raisable cover. Tesla claims over 2800 litres of lockable storage space including the covered load bay (dubbed the ‘vault’), as well as space in the "frunk" and sail pillars. 

The Cybertruck can seat up to six adults and was revealed in this form; it’s not yet clear whether a smaller variant will be offered. The cabin is pure Tesla: total minimalism, with the dashboard dominated by a 17in tablet-style touchscreen. The steering wheel is the classic concept car joystick style, but it’s expected this will become a traditional wheel by the time it enters production. 

The truck’s suspension is an adaptive air system with adjustable ride height; Musk claims the maximum height will be 16in, with the ability to be adjusted up and down by 4in. 

Further spec details are yet to be revealed. Of course, the Cybertruck can make use of Tesla’s supercharger network, with the ability to charge at speeds of up to 250kW.

Production is still a fair way off; Tesla claims the base, rear-drive Cybertruck will arrive in late 2021, with the faster, pricier versions coming in 2022. A European launch of any sort is as yet unconfirmed. 

Despite the delay, the Cybertruck is likely to be one of the first electric pick-ups on sale. Rivian claims it will launch the R1T in autumn 2020, while both Ford and General Motors are promising electric versions of their trucks, but neither has shown anything yet. 

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St George 25 November 2019

Yuk!

I have a positive comment to make to start. Without Tesla I don't think that the mainstream auto manufactures would be where they are regarding the development and production of EVs. The cybertruck is another nudge from Tesla to force the production of EV trucks. Applause. However, I don't see the cyber truck as a serious threat to the likes of GM, Ford and Ram and the like. The wedge design, yuk!, is driven by the planned use of the SpaceX stainless steel which is so tough it can't be stamped resulting in the origami like production process. This process will prevent the kind of style changes that the buying public are so used to. The other issue is the exoskeleton body. This is fine for a basic pickup truck but what about the chassis cab trucks sold to upfitters to mount flatbeds, tipper beds or other fleet style work boxes on. Has Elon got a plan to satisfy this sector of the market ?

fsizer 25 November 2019

Really!?

These Tesla fanboys really are insane. That piece of s11t has 200k orders?! Mad

lambo58 24 November 2019

Hmmm, 150k preorders in its

Hmmm, 150k preorders in its first day reveal..

Maybe not so crazy after all 

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