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Love It or Hate It? First Look at the Tesla Cybertruck

Well, the cat is finally out of the bag– Tesla unveiled their first electric pickup truck to the public last Thursday, and the long-lauded ‘Cybertruck’ is certainly turning heads.  Whether you love it or hate it, the Tesla Cybertruck and its disregard for tradition is definitely a spectacle to behold. 

Tesla Cybertruck

The internet has been swamped for months with fan-inspired images of what Tesla’s first electric pickup truck would look like, but it was not until Thursday that we had anything concrete.  The LA-based event where Tesla finally showed its hand revealed a very angular, experimental design that is sure to polarize potential buyers.

The Cybertruck is… well, it is something.  Reminiscent of a modern, overgrown DeLorean, there is little about the design which can easily be compared to traditional pickup trucks.  Its stainless steel “exoskeleton” reminds us more of an airplane than something that might pass you on the highway, and it looks like it would be more at home on the set of Mad Max or Bladerunner than rolling through a suburban cul-de-sac. 

Tesla says that the truck’s body is almost impenetrable thanks to “ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel”, allowing the vehicle to mitigate dents, damage, and corrosion.  Its “armor glass” aims to cushion and deflect impact force, though the demo provided at the unveiling and the resulting unsightly cracks showed that Tesla may have some more work to do in that area before production begins. 

E for Electric’s own Alex Guberman was on hand for the big reveal, so check out the following video for his thoughts on the Tesla Cybertruck:

Price and Performance

While the design may leave much to be desired (at least for some folks), the price and specs could very well make up for it. 

The Tesla Cybertruck will start at $39,900 for the single-motor rear-wheel-drive version with a 250-mile range, which is about $10,000 less than initially predicted and will beat out the current price for some midrange Ford F-150s.  A dual-motor variant will be available with a 300-mile range.  Finally, a tri-motor all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Cybertruck will start at about $69,900 with a 500-mile range.  Self-driving features will be available for an additional $7,000.

That top-end, tri-motor version promises to go from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, as well as be able to tow more than 14,000 lbs and carry up to 3,500 lbs. 

Will the Tesla Cybertruck be able to measure up against rivals such as Ford’s upcoming electric F-150, Bollinger’s all-wheel-drive B2 pickup, or Rivian’s R1T adventure vehicle?  I guess we will have to wait and see.

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