Tesla will unveil its long-awaited Cybertruck electric pick-up at a special event tonight (Thursday).
Tesla boss Elon Musk confirmed the news in a Twitter post early this month, writing: “Cybertruck unveil on Nov 21 in LA near SpaceX Rocket factory.”
He has linked the date to the original Blade Runner film, which lists the same date in the opening credits – and has hinted that the styling of the truck has been inspired in part by the movie.
The date also coincides with the Los Angeles motor show, which is likely to be intentional.
Little is known about the pick-up beyond what Musk has alluded to in interviews and on Twitter. He has been hinting about creating a pick-up to compete in the largest vehicle market in America. Musk has previously claimed the Cybertruck will be similar in size to the class-leading Ford F-150, cost less than $50,000 (£38,900) and be more capable than any rival.
He has also hinted that entry-level models will come with a twin-motor set-up that will offer four-wheel drive, and has claimed high-end versions will feature a range of more than 400 miles.
Design-wise, everything seen so far has been purely speculative. Last month, Musk tweeted: "[The Cybertruck] doesn't look like anything I've seen bouncing around the internet. It's closer to an armoured personnel carrier from the future." He has also warned the styling could be so extreme that it puts off some potential buyers and has hinted that a slightly more standard-looking version will follow.
Pick-ups are still the biggest-selling vehicles in North America, so the move makes financial sense. Ford sold more than 900,000 F-Series trucks in 2018, making it the best-selling vehicle in the US. Ford plans to launch an electric version of the F-150 before 2022.
While the Cybertruck is considered vital to Tesla's growth in America, it is unlikely to be offered in the UK due to its likely size and the far more limited market for pick-ups. There is also no word yet on when the machine will go into production, although it is likely to be in mid-2021, once deliveries of the upcoming Model Y SUV have begun.