On November 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, Tesla unveiled its sixth vehicle, the Cybertruck. Tesla has been throwing around the idea of a truck for several years and has finally decided to let the world know it is serious.
Let’s set the looks of the Cybertruck aside for the time being as focus on stats. The truck is expected to start production in late 2021 and will have three configurations. Single motor rear-wheel drive, Dual motor all-wheel drive and Tri motor all-wheel drive.
Single Motor RWD
The base truck with a single motor is expected to have a zero to sixty in less than 6.5 seconds and have a range of 250 or more miles. Towing capacity is expected to be 7,500+ lbs.
Dual Motor AWD
Trucks with the Dual motor option step up to all-wheel drive capability, zero to sixty in less than 4.5 seconds and a range of 300+ miles. The added motor gives the truck a towing capacity expectation of 10,000 or more lbs.
Tri Motor AWD
Tri motor configuration production is set to start in late 2022. The range steps up to 500+ miles and zero to sixty time drops to 2.9 seconds or faster. The extra grunt grows to 14,000+ lbs.
All the trucks will come standard with Adaptive Air Suspension, Autopilot, a 6.5-foot “Vault” (bed) and a payload of up to 3,500lbs. Ground clearance is said to be “Up To 16-inches”, approach angle is 35 degrees and departure angle is 28 degrees.
Automotive manufacturers have used auto-leveling air systems before, but never to the extent of the Cyber truck. Tesla explains “Raise and lower suspension four inches in either direction for easy access to Cybertruck or the vault, while self-leveling capabilities adapt to any occasion and assist with every job.”
The vault features lockable storage compartments and a “magic tonneau cover” they say is strong enough to stand on. Interior room is set to comfortably seat six and includes a 17-inch screen.
Dimensionally, the truck is full-size. The wildly different design definitely catches your attention. Housed in the peak of the trapezoidal shape is a hidden LED light bar, presumably the reason for the styling choice. Riding on 35-inch tires, the truck will be a unit-body design when it comes off the production line.
Tesla used Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled Stainless Steel to construct the body. Tesla says that “if there was something better, we’d use it.” Tesla explains further. “Help eliminate dents, damage and long-term corrosion with a smooth monochrome exoskeleton that puts the shell on the outside of the car and provides you and your passengers maximum protection.”
The body is said to be 9mm (or smaller) bullet-proof. In the unveiling, Elon Musk directed Tesla Design lead Franz Von Holzhausen to hit the vehicle with a sledgehammer. The punch wasn’t pulled, either. No marks or damage was left on the vehicle.
Focus then moved to the windows. Tesla added armored glass to the truck, going with the goal to make an exterior shell that was nearly impenetrable. Von Holzhausen hurled a steel ball at the front window and to Musk’s surprise, the window was badly damaged. A second attempt was made on the rear window with the same result. However, the steel ball didn’t go through the glass.
Whether the production vehicle will have the same obscure design will likely be the main question on everyone’s mind until production begins. Visit the Tesla Website for more information.