It’s popped up in a few threads, so I figured it deserved its own thread.
Tesla has announced a new product, the Cybertruck. In case you hadn’t guessed, it’s an electric truck with “cyberpunk” styling.
Musk has been tweeting about it for years now, saying they’re working on a truck that’s Blade Runner inspired. He wasn’t wrong about that. Alternately, it looks like a DeLorean fucked an F-117 Nighthawk.
At any rate, the specs for the price look impressive: $40k for a 250 mile single-motor model, $50k for 300 mi dual-motor, and $70k for 500 mi tri-motor. Pulling capacity looks pretty good (EVs are good at that). All versions have 6 seats (two rows) and a Model 3 like interior.
The bed is… unusual. It’s hard to tell, but there is a real 6.5 foot bed at the rear. The rear slope reduces side access somewhat, but it has controllable airbag suspension and can lower the rear for easier access. There’s a roll-down cover for the bed that completely encloses it.
Opinions on the looks are… mixed, to say the least. I think everyone agrees that it’s ugly. But is it future-ugly, or military-ugly, or badass-ugly? It certainly isn’t generically ugly, whatever it is. Clearly, Tesla didn’t build this for the mass market (Musk himself more or less admitted this was a pet project), but it would not shock me if they can sell a few tens of thousands per year. And maybe a lot more if enough people care more about specs than price (they seem to have gotten >100k deposits so far, though at only $100 each it’s hard to say how meaningful that is).
Of note, this is very likely not a concept car–or rather, it is, but Tesla will almost certainly ship something very close to this. For better or worse, Tesla does have a history of shipping what they say they will–say, the Falcon Wing Doors on the Model X, or the minimalist interior of the Model 3. There’ll be tweaks, of course (they’ll have to lose the yoke-like steering wheel, maybe add some mirrors), but it’s unlikely to be significant.
Motor Trend has a few articles on it:
The resident Tesla curmudgeon at Ars Technica, Jon Gitlin, seems to like it, which rather amuses me:
The Verge had some great photos of the truck and the event:
Looks like a fun event: Tesla coils, a Blade Runneresque Asian noodle bar, and a bunch of movie props like the Blade Runner police car, the Total Recall Johnnycab, and the BttF DeLorean.
People generally liked the ride:
Tesla Cybertruck first ride: inside the electric pickup - YouTube
So, anyone put in a deposit yet? Trucks aren’t my thing, but being an EV fan I’d certainly be looking at this if I was. More than anything, the specs for the price are significantly better than their two major competitors: Rivianand Bollinger.