The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric battery-powered light commercial vehicle in development by Tesla, Inc. Three models have been announced, with range estimates of 250–500 miles (400–800 km) and an estimated 0–60 mph time of 6.5–2.9 seconds, depending on the model.
Tesla Cybertruck Features
The truck will use self-leveling suspension which compensates for variable load and some models will have all-wheel drive. Other standard features include on-board power inverters for supplying both 120 and 240-Volt electricity, allowing use of power tools without a portable generator. An air compressor for powering pneumatic tools is included.
The exterior is bullet-resistant against 9 mm caliber bullets as well. All vehicles will also come standard with Tesla Autopilot, and will have the hardware capabilities for fully autonomous operation. As of November 2019, Tesla is accepting pre-orders for $100 with a $7,000 ‘full self-driving’ option.
Range of the Cybertruck varies from 250–500 miles (400–800 km), depending on configuration selections.
The interior of the prototype unveiled on 21 November 2019 includes a 17-inch center display. Seating for 6 using two bench seats with the front middle seat being a fold-down center arm rest. A digital rear-view camera based mirror, a race car style steering yoke, and a dashboard with a surface resembling marble.
The rear middle seat also folds down to allow loading long cargo. Extending through a door to the vault (enclosed bed). The “marble look” dashboard of the unveil prototype vehicle was a paper composite material made from “paper, wood-based fibers, natural wood pigments and non-petroleum based resins.”
The bed of the truck is 6.5 feet (2.0 m) long and similar to a conventional pickup truck bed with tailgate. It has sloped side walls and an integral motorized roller shutter style tonneau cover which improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Because of the additional security this provides, Tesla term this 100-cubic-foot (2.8 m3) enclosed space “the vault”. It includes LED light strips along each side, an additional under-floor storage space behind the rear wheels, 110 and 220 V AC outlets, and a compressed air outlet for pneumatic tools.
One article claims that there is a pass-through to the cabin for long cargo, but this is doubtful as the displayed prototype lacks any corresponding opening in the front of the bed. One feature demonstrated on the prototype but not explicitly advertised is a ramp. Which extends from the tail gate to the ground for loading cargo.
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Tesla Cybertruck Timeline
In 2012 and 2013 Elon Musk discussed the desire to build a truck with load-compensating suspension, making comparisons with a Ford F-250. In early-2014 Musk predicted 4–5 years before work could start on the product.
In mid-2016, Musk outlined the intent for a new kind of consumer pickup truck, and suggested using the same chassis for a van and a pickup truck. In late-2017, the size was estimated to be at least that of a Ford F-150, in order to be large enough to enable a “game-changing” feature. During the Tesla Semi and Tesla Roadster unveiling in November 2017, a picture of a “pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck” was displayed. Background ideas had been in preparation for nearly five years.
In 2018 Musk speculated on the possibility of a tail lift allowing easier access to ground-level, designed using a four-bar linkage. As of late-2018, Tesla was working on two approaches for the van project: either using a bare-bones Mercedes-Benz Sprinter glider chassis, with Tesla then adding electric transmission, battery and electronics; or alternatively designing and manufacturing the complete vehicle to a Tesla design, requiring more time. At that time Musk anticipated a prototype to be ready to show in 2019.
In March 2019, following the Tesla Model Y launch, Elon Musk distributed a teaser image of a vehicle described as having a cyberpunk or Blade Runner style,with the form resembling a futuristic armoured personnel carrier.
In mid-2019, the towing capacity of the vehicle was stated to meet or exceed that of a Ford F-150. Musk noted that an amphibious vehicle design concept—based partly on Wet Nellie, the submarine car from the film The Spy Who Loved Me—might be possible. Musk had purchased a Wet Nellie used in the filming at a 2013 Sotheby’s auction.