Tesla late on Thursday unveiled its long-awaited pickup truck, the Cybertruck, and it’s safe to say it’s not what anyone was expecting.
The Tesla Cybertruck looks like something out of a sci-fi film, or something roving around Mars, with its angular body that’s covered in stainless steel. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says it has similar dimensions to the best-selling Ford F-150 pickup truck.
It uses 1-3 electric motors among three different powertrain options. The single-motor rear-wheel drive version will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a range of 250 miles. This base truck will be able to tow 7,500 pounds and has a payload rating of 3,500 pounds. One step up from that is the dual-motor version. It has all-wheel drive (one motor in front and one in back), will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and tow 10,000 pounds. Musk claims the top level tri-motor (read: “Plaid” powertrain) Cybertruck will be capable of going 500 miles on a full charge. It’ll also accelerate to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and complete the quarter mile in just over 10 seconds. Towing capacity for this version is 14,000 pounds. Just like your gas mileage suffers when towing heavy loads, electric range will suffer with a load in the back of the Cybertruck.
Three variants of the wedge-shaped pickup will be available: the Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive model, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive model, and the pièce de résistance of the Cybertruck line-up will be the Tri-Motor All-Wheel Drive version, which we expect to utilize the same triple-motor powertrain as the upcoming Tesla Model S Plaid and Tesla Roadster.
That model is said to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds according to Musk and co, run the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds, and “corner like it’s on rails”. The base RWD version will run from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and achieve a range of more than 250 miles on a charge, while the Dual Motor AWD model is claimed to have a range of more than 300 miles and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds. The range-topping Tri Motor model can apparently travel more than 500 miles on a charge, and all models are capable of 250+ kW charging and have access to Tesla’s network of more than 14,000 Superchargers.
According to the Tesla website order page, the cheapest model starts at $39,900 for the single-motor Cybertruck. It has an estimated driving range of 250-plus miles and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a claimed 6.5 seconds. It also has a top speed of 110 mph and a max tow rating of 7500 pounds—which is almost as much as the burliest mid-size pickup trucks.
The dual-motor Cybertruck is said to have a range of 300-plus miles, an estimated zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds, and a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. Tesla says that model will start at $49,900.
The top-of-the-line three-motor Cybertruck will start at $69,900. That version offers 500-plus miles of estimated driving range and a top speed of 130 mph, and it’ll zip from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. It’ll also be able to tow more than mighty half-ton trucks such as the 10 Best-winning 2020 Ram 1500, which maxes out at just over 13,000 pounds.
The truck is slated to enter production by late 2021 as the Model Y crossover has reached volume output. Tesla is currently accepting $100 deposits for the pickup, apparently hoping to achieve another headline-grabbing pre-order tally.