Pickup trucks are a staple in the USA for even private vehicles. The top three selling models in the USA are pickup trucks. No wonder, Tesla, maker of some of the advanced battery electric vehicles (BEVs) wanted to jump onboard the Pickup truck train. Though the Models S and 3 sedans are the top selling Tesla’s as well BEVs, the company wanted a piece the pickup pie.
The vehicle called the Cybertruck; wonder why the word cyber needs to be affixed to a truck was shown at the ongoing LA Auto Show. Tesla claims the truck is influenced by a James Bong Lotus Espirit which could convert into a submarine. Looks of the vehicle are polarising at best. It looks more like a hand beaten tin pull along car than a high tech vehicle. But looks can be deceptive.
The Cybertruck will be offered in three versions, a single motor driven two wheel drive, a two motor driven four wheel drive and a more powerful three motor driven four wheel drive. The car has a claimed range of 500+ miles (800 + Km). The three versions have towing capacities as follows: –
- Single Motor – 3,400 Kg
- Dual Motor – 4,535 Kg
- Tri Motor – 6,350 Kg
The three versions have a 0-60 mph (0-96 Km/h) times of 6.5 seconds, 4.5 seconds and 2.9 seconds for the one, two and three motor versions respectively. It offers 100 cubic ft of storage space and is made up of Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel. The truck can seat six people in comfort and the two wheel drive version would be available from from late 2021 from US$ 39,900 (INR 28.73 Lakhs). The All wheel drive versions would be available from end 2022 and can cost up to US$ 69,900 (INR 50.33 Lakhs).
A fully autonomous version can also be booked, however, its date of delivery is not known. You can book your Cybertruck on Tesla’s website for US$100.