With an increasing demand for sustainable alternatives to all aspects of our lives – from shopping bags to how we’re powering our homes – Tesla’s new model is the latest in a constant flow of new and exciting advancements in the sector.
Very little generates as much interest and anticipation than a new addition to Tesla’s electric vehicle range. Not in the least for Jordan, our Myenergi director, who has actually pre-ordered a Cybertruck herself!
From Tesla’s Chief Designer taking a steel ball to the ‘bulletproof’ exterior windows (and shattering the glass) to the Cybertruck’s capabilities and design, follow our guide to learn everything you need to know about the upcoming new model.
The Cybertruck is Tesla’s first electric pickup truck. Hailed as the ‘future’ of the auto industry, Tesla CEO Elon Muskhas said that that design is ‘cyberpunk’, and inspired by the film ‘Blade Runner’. But it’s not just the futuristic exterior that has people talking…
Musk has claimed that the Cybertruck can withstand the impact of a sledgehammer and a 9mm calibre bullet. The entrepreneur – and Myenergi hero! – also says the electric vehicle has Autopilot as standard, and that it can go 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds, as well as tow over 7500lbs.
The dramatic specification doesn’t stop there. The interior of the Cybertruck includes:
The Cybertruck uses self-levelling suspension, and some models will have all-wheel drive with the option to choose between one, two or three engines. The electric vehicle also includes on-board power inverters (supplying 120 and 240-volt electricity) and an air compressor, allowing for the use of power tools and pneumatic tools.
The exterior of the Cybertruck is stainless steel sheet metal, engineered to be bullet resistant. All the vehicles will have the hardware capabilities to become self driving. Tesla is already accepting pre-orders with a $7,000 ‘full self-driving’ option.
Musk has also said that he would love for the Cybertruck to become self-powered in the future. In a tweet he confirmed there will be optional solar panels that could add 15 miles per day.
Competitors such as Ford and Rivian are already rising up to meet the challenge, releasing competitors with equally impressive specifications. The US’ best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150, is starting production on an electric version in 2021.
Musk has already hit back, rising to the challenge on Twitter of a proposed tug-of-war between the Ford and Tesla vehicles. The video footage of the event shows the Cybertruck pulling the Ford uphill with ease.
The Rivian R1T Electric Pickup is another Cybertruck rival that has generated a huge amount of anticipation for its release in late 2020. It has a similarly futuristic design, four engines for each wheel and it can estimate how much friction exists between the tires and the surface, allowing it to perform a controlled 360° rotation.
In November 2019, Tesla said that Cybertruck production was scheduled to start in late 2021, and then expand to offer more models in 2022. All the specifications however are for models being released in the US, it is unclear for aspiring UK owners if the model will be the same.
Prices in the UK start from £31,000 for an entry-level, single motor vehicle. The dual motor mid-range edition will cost £39,000, and the tri-motor, at the top of the spectrum, will cost £54,000.
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