At a promotional event in Los Angeles, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic electric pickup truck that looks more like a trapezoid on wheels than a conventional vehicle. Musk described it as a mashup of cyberpunk and vehicles from the Blade Runner movie. Called the Cybertruck, the design might be polarising, but it also appears to have already earned enough of a fan following. On Saturday, just two days after the preview, Musk tweeted that the Cybertruck had received 146,000 orders.
146k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 23 November 2019
Tesla claims the Cybertruck is designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. The vehicle is built to be durable, versatile and capable, with exceptional performance both on-road and off-road. It will come in three variants. The base single motor rear-wheel drive is priced at $39,999, while the dual motor all-wheel drive will go for $49,999. At the top-end, Tesla is offering a tri motor all-wheel drive for $69,900.
The truck is already available for preorder, though mass production does not start until late 2021.
In the meantime, here are the official specs.
- Range: 500+ miles
- 0-60 mph acceleration: <2.9 seconds
- Towing capacity: More than 14,000 lbs
- Payload: Up to 3,500 lbs
- Vault length: 6.5 feet
- Storage capacity: 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage including the vault, frunk, and sail pillars
- Suspension: 4” in either direction
- Touchscreen size: 17”
- Body: Ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel.
- Seating capacity: Up to six adults