Tesla CYBERTRUCK: Spaceship on wheels

Recently, Tesla boss Elon Musk took to the stage to unveil one of the most eye-catching vehicles of the year. The Tesla Cybertruck looks like a machine out of a Star Wars movie. 

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Tesla intends to disrupt another segment of the automobile industry. The company’s all-electric vehicles pack innovative technology such as semi-autonomous driving and safety features like obstacle avoidance that outclasses other, similar cars. The new Cybertruck is here to cause a stir in the pickup truck segment.

Tesla Cybertruck (Photo: Tesla)

The Cybertruck looks nothing like any Tesla vehicle before it. Forget graceful curves and carefully placed air vents, the Cybertruck is an angular, industrial-looking, bulletproof, steel behemoth. Tesla went with a boxy design, no side mirrors and cold-rolled stainless-steel for its new pickup. The vehicle looks striking. You’ll either love it or hate it.

The Cybertruck with the back closed. (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla vehicle specifications are rather impressive, and their first pickup truck follows this trend. There are three models: a single motor rear-wheel drive, a dual-motor, all-wheel drive and the range-topping tri-motor all-wheel drive. All three models have 100 cubic feet of storage capacity, standard autopilot and adaptive air suspension and an approach angle of 35 degrees.

The vehicle looks striking. You’ll either love it or hate it.

The range-topping, tri-motor variant can do 0-60 MPH in less than 2.9 seconds, has an estimated range of 500+ miles, and can tow a whopping 14,000+ pounds. The towing capacity is in-line with the best-selling pickup in America, the Ford F-150.

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The interior of the Cybertruck continues with the trend of breaking the mould. Boxy angles take the place of smooth lines are subtle curves. There no subtlety here. It’s all hard lines. The dashboard looks like marble, kitchen counter-top and the steering wheel resembles an aeroplane yoke. 

However, it’s not all unfamiliar. In Tesla fashion, there’s a massive screen on the dash that houses all the vehicle controls.

Behold, the Cybertruck’s interior. (Photo: Tesla)

There are six seats in the Tesla pickup truck, three in the front and three in the back.

Outside, the Cybertruck has a futuristic looking, lightbar that runs right across the front of the vehicle.

Tailgate open. (Photo: Tesla)

The tailgate cover slides away revealing the bed. Elon Musk tweeted that the customers will have the option of a solar panel cover that may add 15 miles to driving range per day.

Tesla has genuinely shaken the automotive industry. It’s high-performance, high safety-rated and technologically advanced vehicles have sparked a growing interest in all-electric cars.

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However, competition is heating up in the electric automobile category. Mercedes, Audi and now Ford have all created electric vehicles. Let’s not forget the impressive, upcoming, electric Rivian R1T that also boasts remarkable specs and more traditional design.

Prices start at US$39,900 for the single motor RWD, US$49,900 for the dual-motor AWD and US$69,900 for the range-topping, tri-motor AWD. Pre-orders have already begun. Production starts in 2021.

The Tesla Cybertruck is a display of how far technology has come. It’s the company’s first attempt, and it’s an interesting one, even if it looks more like an extraterrestrial vehicle than a pickup truck.