Tesla has presented this Thursday its most revolutionary vehicle, the Cybertruck, with a show in the style of Elon Musk. The richest man in the world has been responsible for telling the feats that the new vehicle is capable of Blade Runner air in an event at the Tesla factory in Texas in which prices of the new model have not been disclosed. Musk presented the electric SUV as a vehicle as powerful as a truck, but faster than a sports car.
How much will the Cybertruck cost? #
The Cybertruck starts at $60,990 for the rear-wheel drive model, which won’t be available until 2025. The new model has attracted more than a million customers who put down $100 as a deposit. Initially, the company said deliveries would not begin before the end of 2021, but when that time came not only were the vehicles not ready, but Tesla removed the Cybertruck prices and specifications from its website and had not restored them since.
It is that last, more expensive model with a higher power unit, dubbed Cyberbeast, that can beat a Porsche by going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The basic one takes 6 seconds and would lose the race to the Porsche by a long shot. The intermediate model is also slower. As for range, that of the base model will be about 250 miles, about 400 kilometers, and more than 300 miles for the top models. And Tesla has not provided the top speed of the basic model, but that of the intermediate model will be 180 miles per hour and that of the advanced, 210.
The company has not provided specifications or data that would allow a proper comparison of the Cybertruck’s performance with that of other vehicles, but as a publicity stunt, the examples that Musk has been giving were good enough. The SUV has a 1.8-meter long and 1.8-meter wide platform, a payload capacity of 1,100 kilograms, a towing capacity of about 5,000 kilograms and a ground clearance of 43 centimeters.
Why did they change the launch date and initial prices? #
One of the main reasons the company has taken two years longer than expected to start deliveries has been the decision to coat the vehicle with an ultra-strong stainless steel alloy. It is the same or similar to that used by SpaceX for Starship, its launch vehicle designed to someday reach Mars. Although stainless steel resists corrosion and doesn’t need painting, it can be expensive and difficult to shape and weld. In addition, it tends to be heavier than the steel commonly used for most car and truck bodies.