Tesla Cybertruck unveiled – space-age design electric pick-up with 800 km range, 0-96 km/h in 2.9 seconds

Tesla has unveiled its all-electric pick-up truck, the styling of which can be described as visionary. The Cybertruck, as it’s called, is nothing like its type designation suggests, looking like something right at home in a sci-fi movie or a Bertone design book from the ’70s.

If the looks suggest that the imposing vehicle is ready for Armageddon, the specifications agree – the Cybertruck features what the company says is an impenetrable exo-skeleton, with every component designed for superior strength and endurance.

The list is led by an Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin, and even the glass is armoured – Tesla claims that the ultra-strong glass and polymer-layered composite that is used is able to absorb and redirect impact force for improved performance and damage tolerance. The material however, didn’t fare too well during the launch event, cracking when a metal ball was thrown at it (Elon Musk said that this shortcoming will be fixed).

Fragile glass aside, the rest of the numbers continue the might parade. The Cybertruck has an operating range of more than 800 km (500 miles) on a single charge in the most efficient examples, with base versions managing more than 400 km.

It can also haul up to 1,590 kg (or 3,500 lbs) in payload and has a towing capacity of 6,350 kg (14,000 lbs) to boot. Of course, the Cybertruck is also fast, capable of doing the sprint from standstill to 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 2.9 seconds, which is supercar territory.

Design features include an adaptive, self-leveling air suspension that’s also adjustable – the system can raise and lower the vehicle by 100 mm (four inches) in either direction for easy access, especially to the vault, the description given to the 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage secured by a tonneau cover that the automaker says is strong enough to stand on. Hope it’s sturdier than the glass.

Inside, the cabin seats six comfortably, with additional storage under the second-row seats. Kit includes an advanced 17-inch central touchscreen with an all-new customized user interface, as well as on-board power and compressed air, useful for those camping expeditions owners may take with the truck.

The Cybertruck will come in three variants, Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive. In the US, pricing will start from US$39,900 (RM166,360) for the Single Motor, while that for the Dual Motor begins from US$49,500 (RM206,400). The Tri-Motor tops the list at US$69,900 (RM291,500), and ticking the self-driving option will add another US$7,000 (RM29,200) to the price tag.

The company says that the first customer deliveries of the Cybertruck will begin in late 2021, with production of the Tri Motor AWD version expected to begin in late 2022.

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