Elon Musk finally unveiled Tesla’s much awaited pick-up truck at high-octane event in Los Angeles, but there was an embarrassing moment when its chief engineer threw metal balls at the windows to demonstrate its sturdiness.
Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck in Los Angeles with starting price of $39,900. Elon Musk have been warning us about its unique futuristic design that might not please everyone. It produces whopping 800 horsepower and 1,000 pound feet of torque. This will be one of the fastest truck in the market with 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds. It has towing capacity of 14,000 pounds, this makes the truck very capable and is set to give tough competition to established brands in this category. The truck also have adaptive air suspension which will keep the ground clearance at same height regardless of how loaded it is.
Cybertruck will be offered in three variants, Single Motor RWD, Dual Motor AWD and Tri Motor AWD.
Single Motor RWD will have 250 miles range, 7,500 lbs towing capacity and will do 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds with price tag of $39,900.
Dual Motor AWD will have 300 miles battery range, 10,000 lbs towing capacity and will do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Its starting price is $49,900.
Tri Motor AWD will have 500 miles range, 14,000 lbs towing capacity and will do 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. This top of the line variant’s is priced at $69,900.
These impressive specs that may rattle the combustion engine truck market that is dominated by three players, Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge Ram. Actually there is a lot of brand loyalty for the big three, so penetrating this market might be more difficult than expected. The main concern of investors is its shockingly ultra futuristic design that has never been seen in any commercially available pick-up truck. It might not appeal to core truck consumer-base.
Cybertruck features Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin and armor glass for its windows. To demonstrate its toughness, Tesla’s engineer hit the door panel with a giant sledgehammer that did not leave any mark. After that he proceeded to hit metal balls at both side windows facing the crowd. Unexpectedly, both of the windows shattered and Elon Musk was seen sharing embarrassing looks with his company’s engineer and the crowd. But despite this occurrence, Cybertruck is definitely one of the most tough trucks as it uses the same reinforced steel that SpaceX plans to use to build a starship.