Tesla has unveiled its first passenger pickup truck. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the highly anticipated six-seater Cybertruck truck on Thursday night in Los Angeles, proclaiming that "trucks have been the same for a very long time" before introducing the unconventionally angular truck.
The Cybertruck starts at $39,900 for the single-motor rear-wheel-drive version and goes up to $69,900 for the tri-motor all-wheel-drive version; self-driving features are a $7,000 add-on. Production is expected to begin in late 2021.
Tesla described the Cybertruck as "the most powerful tool we have ever built." Keep scrolling to see why.
Blade Runner Movie Inspired
Syd Mead, the artistic director behind popular sci-fi movie Blade Runner, said that Tesla's new Cybertruck "has completely changed the vocabulary of the personal truck market design."
Mead called the futuristic-looking design "stylistically breathtaking" and said it went beyond his expectations.
When Elon Musk first announced the truck last November, he said that the truck would "look like something out of 'Blade Runner.'" Mead said in his statement that, "as a long time admirer of Elon Musk, [he] was truly flattered" to hear that the Cybertruck would take a cue from the movie.
The automaker says the truck's body — made of "ultra-hard" stainless steel and "armor glass" — is almost impenetrable, though the reveal proved otherwise.
'Oh my f---ing god' …
When it came to the steel balls thrown at the Cybertruck windows test…the windows cracked much to the dismay of Musk who blurted out “Oh my f_ _ _ing God!”
"We threw wrenches; we threw everything," Musk said. "We even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn't break. For some weird reason, it broke now. I don't know why."
And It's Lightening Fast
The unveiling was jam-packed with flames, people in all-black costumes, and video comparisons of the Cybertruck with the speed of the Porsche 911 and the towing capabilities of the Ford F-150.
There was also a speed test that showed the truck drag racing a Porsche 911, the latter of which received a head start. The 911 could not match the Cybertruck.
Tesla Continues To Set The Pace ... But They Have Competition
Tesla isn't the only automaker in the electric-pickup market. Ford is developing an all-electric F-150, and Bollinger Motors recently introduced its fully electric all-wheel-drive B2 Pickup Truck, though it has a steeper price point and a lower range than the Cybertruck. Rivian, a startup backed by Ford and Amazon, is also developing an electric pickup.
Tesla's Design Thinking Goes Beyond Traditional Manufacturers' Product Offerings
1. The passenger pickup can seat six people.
2. The automaker says the truck has an almost impenetrable body made from "ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel" and "armor glass."
3. Meanwhile, the "ultra-strong glass" is designed to cushion and avert impact force. However, the Cybertruck reveal showed that the glass may not be as impenetrable as the automaker claimed: Objects thrown at the truck damaged the glass during onstage demos.
4. The Cybertruck will come in three configurations: a single-motor rear-wheel-drive version, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version, and a tri-motor all-wheel-drive version. The single-motor version has a range of 250 miles, the dual-motor one can achieve 300 miles, and the most expensive tri-motor version can go 500 miles, Tesla said.
5. According to Tesla, the tri-motor variant will be able to hit 60 mph in about 2.9 seconds ...
6. ... as well as tow more than 14,000 pounds ...
7 ... and carry a payload of up to 3,500 pounds. Tesla says that the rear cargo area is lockable and that the truck has a total of 100 cubic feet of enclosed exterior storage.
8. It also comes with a "magic tonneau cover" tough enough to withstand the weight of a person standing on it, according to the automaker.
9. The truck also has onboard power for plugging in tools and other appliances ...
10. ... as well as "adaptive air suspension" that raises and lowers the Cybertruck's suspension by four inches for easier access. There is also a "self-leveling" feature, Tesla said.
11. An electric ATV — the Cyberquad — was also announced at the Cybertruck's unveiling and will be available only as a Cybertruck option, CEO Elon Musk said.
12. Porsche 911 with a head start VS Cybertruck...See you later 911