The Tesla Cybertruck

This is the Cybertruck, another jaw-dropping electric vehicle from Tesla.

As always with Tesla, the reveal of another new vehicle made plenty of noise and in the case of the Cybertruck, that noise seemed even louder than usual.
Much commentary has revolved around the design and styling. To say that there are mixed feelings on its appearance would be putting it mildly, but whether you think it is a piece of futuristic automotive art or the ugliest thing on four wheels, it is, at least, different. And in an age when new vehicles can be almost indistinguishable from each other, it is at least a little bit exciting to know there are designers and manufacturers out there willing to decide on a look for their vehicles that gets us all talking.

If you’re not a fan, Tesla probably isn’t too concerned. According to media reports, some 200,000 orders were placed for the Cybertruck within a week of its reveal. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder it seems.

So what will owners be getting for their money, other than the wildest-looking truck on the planet?

Well, Tesla says it is a vehicle ‘designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car’. And if the numbers are to be believed, it is all that and more.

Available in three variants – a Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive – the Cybertruck is, Tesla claims, versatile and capable, ‘with exceptional performance both on-road and off-road’.

The top-spec Tri Motor model has a range of 800km, can reach 96km (60mph) in 2.9 seconds, has a payload capacity of 1590kg in a bed that is covered by a metal ‘canopy’ that retracts into the roofline, and has a towing capacity of 6350kg. Those are impressive numbers. The company also says the Cybertruck is as tough as nails. Although a hiccup in the unveiling demonstration led to the cracking of the vehicle’s supposedly ultra-strong armor glass windows, other demonstrations have appeared to show that glass is indeed pretty hardy stuff. And that ruggedness extends to the truck’s body. Made from ‘ultra-hard 30x cold-rolled stainless steel’, it should, the company says, help ‘eliminate dents, damage and long-term corrosion’.

There’s room inside for six adults and no doubt there’ll be some interesting and innovative features available to owners, as there are on every other Tesla product.

All in all, Tesla and its enigmatic boss Elon Musk seem to have done it again – capturing the imagination of the public with another fascinating vehicle and getting everyone talking animatedly about the future of vehicles, about what they’re going to look like and how they’re going to perform. And whether you hate the Cybertruck or love it, that’s a good thing, right?

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Dec 2019/Jan 2020)

19 Dec 2019

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