Currently reading: Tesla Cybertruck pick-up to be revealed tonight
The electric Ford F-150 rival will be unveiled near the SpaceX base in Los Angeles
James Attwood, digital editor
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21 November 2019

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.

Tesla's expansion plans beyond the pick-up and the Model Y, which will be delivered to customers in the coming months, include a new Roadster and an electric Semi lorry.

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28 December 2017

Haha. That seems to be one of Tesla's biggest problems, building vehicles. Also, assuming it happens, will it be a similar size to the F150 or slightly larger? He says both.

28 December 2017
Byzantine wrote:

Haha. That seems to be one of Tesla's biggest problems, building vehicles. Also, assuming it happens, will it be a similar size to the F150 or slightly larger? He says both.

Nope he said  “Maybe slightly bigger" the reporter para-phased it in the question to it being 'similar'. Besides it can size can be measured in 3 directions so...... Either way why pick up on such a minor issue?  

28 December 2017

The whoe touchscreen interface on Teslas is bit on the "terrible" side, lets hope they give it a full overhaul. They should add AndroidAuto & AppleCarPlay support too, like almost eveyone else has nowadays.

28 December 2017

Really not sure what this game changing feature could be, but if it's a range of more than 200 miles in normal driving conditions, other manufacturers already have this covered, and have done for some time.  The emperors new clothes.

Really smacks of desperation to keep up interest when a manufacturer is playing the 'wait and see' game.

21 November 2019

What crap are you talking Tesla has the longest range of all the EVs in spite of not being a legacy car maker.

What planet have you fallen off?

28 December 2017

Looking forward to a vehicle with 4 wheel drive with the capability of selecting between different torque ratios for snow, sand, rock and on road conditions with the ability to run onboard diagnostics to report back for part replacements as required to TESLA. I want a vehicle that can digitally drive TESLA design and quality process using ERP, IoT and Industry 4.0.  

21 November 2019

Sounds like your in the market for a new Land Rover defender David. Apart from the diagnostics bit...

Be interesting to see it. It'll have to look nothing like any other tesla (or that render for that matter) to be good.

28 December 2017

pick-up will have 'game-changing' new feature: build quality.

6 November 2019

More regurgitated rubbish from someone who has never sat in one let alone driven any Tesla.

7 November 2019
coolboy wrote:

pick-up will have 'game-changing' new feature: build quality.

Let's hope so.  If the truck is meant to be used in the way some of the F150s are (not just for the commute but actually loaded up) that will be an intersting test.  Given the poor build & perceived quality of the standard cars they really will have to up their game considerable.

 

Could be an intersting proposition though for a lot of companies I can imagine.

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