Show #649

 

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Elon Musk: “Trucks have been basically the same for 100 years. We want to do something different”

 

PRESS RELEASE

  • 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. If there was something better, we’d use it.
  • Seating capacity: Up to six adults
  • Charging: Can be charged at home, at Destination Charging locations, and with our network of more than 14,000 Superchargers, including on our newest V3 technology, which is helpful for long hauls and towing.

 

Before we get into the specs, how did the media react to the styling? CNN said: “When the truck initially drove onto the stage, many in the crowd clearly couldn’t believe that this was actually the vehicle they’d come to see. The Cybertruck looks like a large metal trapezoid on wheels, more like an art piece than a truck. A man with a sledgehammer hit the sides of the truck without damaging it. Tesla’s Cybertruck looks nothing like a traditional pickup. Truck buyers may want to stand out, but it’s unclear they’ll be comfortable with standing out quite so much.”

 

Haha that’s Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla!

 

From Motor1.com: “Surrounded by iconic vehicles from Hollywood’s Sci-Fi history such as Blade Runner and Back to the Future, Tesla unveiled its interpretation of a sci-fi-themed electric pickup this evening in Southern California, and it’s called the Cybertruck. There’s something very different about this machine versus all those others, however.  There’s absolutely no mistaking this truck for anything else on the road. Its body is comprised of a steel alloy that Musk says is dent-resistant, scratch-resistant, and per a demo onsite at the reveal, sledgehammer proof as well. In fact, he also says the Cybertruck is bulletproof to 9mm shells, and the glass is also said to be strong, though not quite as strong as Musk apparently hoped, as the Cybertruck’s glass did shatter rather spectacularly on stage.”

 

Road and Track on the specs: “Zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and a 10.8-second quarter mile time. Musk claims over 500 miles of range, though 250-plus and 300-plus mile versions will also be offered. It’ll be capable of 250kW fast charging too. There will be an entry-level rear-drive Cybertruck along with two- and three-motor all-wheel drive models.. Musk said the truck will have adaptive air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard with adjustable ride height. He says it’ll offer a maximum of 16 inches of ground clearance, a 35-degree approach angle and a 28-degree departure angle. The bed is 6.5-feet long, and the truck has a payload capacity of up to 3500 pounds and a tow capacity is 14,000 pounds. To show off the bed, Tesla built an ATV and rode it up there on stage.”

 

As per TechCrunch: “When the vehicle first came out people cheered and gasped. Some wondered out loud if this was really the cybertruck Musk had been promising. Others seemed disappointed it wasn’t a more market-ready truck. But as Musk began rolling through the specs — first the body, then the performance and finally the price — the enthusiasm in the crowd began building. By the time Musk uttered “one more thing,” the crowd was frenzied and fully committed to the ride he was taking them on. And then an ATV rolled out onto the stage and the crowd went wild.”

 

From the Independent newspaper: “It comes with six seats and features armoured glass and ultra-strong panels that are made of the same alloys found on spacecraft. Unlike traditional pickup trucks, the Tesla Cybertruck is built with an exoskeleton design made possible through not needing a fuel engine. Tesla said it had entered “a new class of strength, speed and versatility – only possible with an all-electric design”. To demonstrate the toughness of the Cybertruck, Mr Musk encouraged people to hit the vehicle with sledgehammers. He also showed a video of the truck resisting bullets shot from a 9mm gun.”

 

And on the prices, from Slashgear: “The Single Motor RWD will begin at $39,900, and the Dual Motor AWD from $49,900. The Tri Motor AWD – production of which won’t start until late 2022 – will kick off at $69,900. If you want the Full-Self Driving package, that’s $7,000 on top.”

 

From Autocar: “The load bay is 6.5ft long, the same as a standard Ford F-150, and features a raisable cover. Tesla claims over 2800 litres of lockable storage space including the covered load bay (dubbed the ‘vault’), frank, and sail pillars.  The Cybertruck can seat up to six adults, and was revealed in this form – it’s not yet clear whether a smaller variant will be offered. The cabin is pure Tesla – total minimalism with the dash dominated by a 17-inch tablet-style touchscreen. The steering wheel is the classic concept car joystick style, but it’s expected this will become a traditional wheel by the time it enters production.  The truck’s suspension is an adaptive air system with adjustable ride height: Musk claims the maximum height will be 16 inches, with the ability to be adjusted up and down by four inches. “

 

Wired look at the market segment: “Unlike luxury SUVs with off-roading abilities nobody really uses, pickups are commonly put to work. Many go to contractors, construction workers, and the like—folks who need their beds and capacious torque to get a job done. Others go to civilians who spend their weekends dirt biking, or riding horses, or taking the boat to the lake, and need a pickup’s power to schlep their equipment around. The big automakers pay very careful attention to their trucks: They know their customers well, and develop each new model based on decades of learnings. Musk has a knack for rethinking the customer experience, and the Cybertruck’s radical design could appeal to drivers looking for something different”

 

TechCrunch explains the styling: “A unibody truck makes sense for Tesla, which doesn’t want a large, bulky frame under the body. Tesla wants batteries under the vehicle and uses the body to protect them. Because of the unibody pickup design, the vehicle has to employ a key design element to enable high-capacity towing: a sail pillar. Most often, a vehicle’s towing capacity is limited by body design rather than engine strength. Towing places a lot of stress on the vehicle’s frame. Want to pull more? Make a beefier frame under the truck. But with the unibody Tesla Cybertruck, to increase the towing capacity, it had to use as big of a sail pillar as possible, explaining the unconventional design.”

 

Something noone is talking about: the logo. Graffiti, spray paint.

 

electrek: “The design is polarizing and will get some getting used to for some people.”

 

@philroberts “Changed my mind, ordered one. Biggest takeaway from the Cybrtrk launch for me was, 250mi range in a heavy / large truck that probably needs an 80-90kWh battery, has got to mean they are confident of battery cost coming down – so M3 SR at $30-32k by 2022?”

 

@carpervert Looks utter shit. Like a cut price movie prop

 

Ziggy – No worries about door dings at the supermarket.

 

Darren – I love how Elon is bit by bit making Sci Fi Films a reality

 

Chelsea Sexton: “From a specification standpoint, I believe that’s probably what they’re aiming for but, no question, that body style that is not a high volume product”

 

Matt DeLorenzo, senior executive editor at Kelley Blue Book: “It will be a niche product at best and poses no threat in the pickup market as we know it today.”

 

Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at auto research firm Edmunds: “If the Tesla truck wasn’t somewhat polarizing, it wouldn’t be a Tesla. Tesla’s built its brand around striking design and doing things differently”

 

InsideEVs Forum Robert Weekley: The Base Model at $39,900 – Just ~$500 above the Model 3 SR+, Same Range, but – can tow the Model 3, AND another ICE Car, at the same time with it’s “Smallish” Tow Rating of “Just 7,500 Lbs!” And – seat one more person inside than the Model 3!

The Dual Motor AWD Cybertruck is just $2,200 more than the Dual Motor Model Y, but – is showing a planned range of 20 more miles, as well, PLUS – a Towing Capacity of 10,000 Lbs! Not Only That – It is Quicker than the Model Y – at ‘Under 4.5 Seconds 0-60, vs Model Y’s 4.8 Seconds 0-60!

The Top Spec Cybertruck – at $69,900, is $5,400 LESS than the Long Range Model X, which lists at $75,315, and the Truck has a spec of 500+ Miles Range – vs the Model X’s 328 Miles! Compared to the Model X Performance, at $95,315, this $69,900 Price for Cybertruck puts over $25,000 More Back in you pocket, vs buying the X, AND – it’s only 0.2 Second Slow than the X, BUT – it has a spec of about 200 More Miles Range, at 500+ vs 305!”

 

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a29877700/tesla-cybertruck-pickup-debut-photos-specs/

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/tesla-cybertruck-electric-semi-pickup-truck-elon-musk-a9213101.html

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-tesla-cybertruck-revealed-0-60mph-29sec-500-mile-range

 

https://www.wired.com/story/electric-tesla-pickup-truck-announcement-specs-cost-photos/

               

https://mashable.com/shopping/nov-19-defense-phone-case-sale/

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/22/heres-why-the-tesla-cybertruck-has-its-crazy-look/

 

 

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