TESLA CYBERTRUCK: THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC CARS?

As far as Electric Vehicles (EVs) are concerned, Tesla’s are a big feature. And that brings us to the recent announcement in Tesla Cybertruck. It did rile up a lot of talks.

Why?

The launch didn’t go as planned. What was intended to be a bulletproof glass shattered at the smash of just a metal ball – amusing? You should have seen Elon Musk’s reaction at the launch. Truthfully, Tesla Cybertruck looks a bit odd. It is an all-electric, an angular, and a stainless steel pickup truck. On the brighter side, it does look a bit futuristic too – like some vehicle you’d find aliens (with advanced technology) driving in mars, joking. Irrespective of all that, do you know Cybertruck amassed an amazing 250,000 pre-order within a week of its launch? Though, it only requires a $100 payment in advance. It is still such a huge turnout, considering the negative online polls.

Let’s discuss the features. What do we know about Tesla’s Cybertruck?

  1. Design

Tesla’s Cybertruck has a thick, unfinished stainless steel body. And that is a good thing because the material is tough and resistant to corrosion. However, there are a few downsides to using stainless steel. Firstly, it is difficult to repair. Secondly, it is almost impossible to paint. On size, Tesla Cybertruck is 231.7 inches long, 79.8 inches wide and 75 inches tall. That puts it in the same bracket as other full-size trucks such as Ram1500 and F-150. Furthermore, it has a 35-degree approach angle, a 28-degree departure angle, and up to16 inches of ground clearance. More importantly, Tesla’s Cybertruck bed comes with a sliding, metal tonneau cover that is lockable. That’s a functional upgrade over conventional trucks because it is more secure. Also, the bed features built-ramp and multiple charging outlets. That would come useful for charging electronic devices.

  1. Performance and pricing

According to Musk, the vehicle will come in three unique trim levels, each with its respective power train. The trim levels are:

  • Single-motor trim – single motor, 250 miles, a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds, $39,900
  • Dual-motor trim – dual motor, 300miles, a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, $49,900
  • Tri-motor trim – tri-motor, 500 miles, a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds, $69,900

The tri-motor trim is the version to go into production first – late 2021. As for single-motor and dual-motor trims, production is scheduled for 2022.

What does Tesla’s Cybertruck mean to EVs in general?

EVs have been on a steady rise recently. As of 2018, more than 5 million EVs were sold globally. Until recently, there hasn’t been any electric Cybertruck. Yet, it is expected that it’ll be better than non-electric trucks. Besides, all EVs have a performance advantage over conventional gasoline-fuelled vehicles. They are a pleasure to drive. More so, they are also quite less expensive to manage.  More importantly, Tesla’s Cybertruck with its enormous battery pack could help power homes during blackouts.

Conclusively, with all these trends of EVs from Tesla and other manufacturing companies, it is safe to say gasoline-fueled vehicles will soon be out of use.

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