Tesla's electric Ford F-150 rival features futuristic body, claimed 0-60mph time of 2.9secs
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. 

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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22 November 2019

reminds me of lego from 30 years ago

22 November 2019

The 1970s just called, they'd like their concept car back! 

22 November 2019
Harry Hillstart wrote:

The 1970s just called, they'd like their concept car back! 

lol, it's truely, truely terrible! 

....tesla fanboys will snap it up still though, no doubt

22 November 2019

What was the designer smoking? The performance stats are amazing, but the design is beyond hideous. I wonder if it's possible to buy it with an entirely different skin?

23 November 2019
Hughbl wrote:

What was the designer smoking? The performance stats are amazing, but the design is beyond hideous. I wonder if it's possible to buy it with an entirely different skin?

Elon did say Tesla can produce a more mainstream shape at a later date for all of the conservative sheeple.

This looks pure badass. Straight out of a sci-fi movie - And the design terrifies traditionalists. Exactly as I was hoping. Even though the dimensions are entirely impractical for the UK, I want one.

MrJ

25 November 2019

My Cybertruck order is already in.

Should say though, that I'm a Tesla 'fanboy' only because the 'S' is so good to drive. 

22 November 2019

Shades of man who considers himself "untouchable"

22 November 2019

A 70s British kit car company have called, they want their design back......

 

22 November 2019

What a beautiful door stop!

22 November 2019

 With futuristic looks and the usual Tesla traits I think this is just a bit out there, maybe too different.

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