Tesla revealed its long-awaited electric pickup; it’s not what you expect

Tesla revealed its long-awaited electric pickup; it’s not what you expect
Image source: Tesla (screenshot)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said several years ago that he wanted to make an electric pickup truck, and now he has done it. The Cybertruck doesn’t look much like a pickup, however. In fact, it looks more like a vehicle designed for use in space, and one of Musk tweets explains why. The Tesla electric pickup is scheduled to start rolling out toward the end of 2021, so it will be a while before you can get your hands on one.

Three models of Tesla’s electric pickup truck

The Cybertruck will be available in three different models. The base model is a single-motor, rear-wheel drive truck with a 250-mile range and 7,500-pound towing capacity. It can supposedly go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 6.5 seconds—just in case you’re in a hurry. The base model starts at $39,900.

The dual-motor model will be all-wheel drive and feature a 300-mile range, 10,000-pound towing capacity and $49,900 starting price tag. It will be able to go from 0 to 60 in less than 4.5 seconds.

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The triple-motor model will have a 500-mile range, 14,000-pound towing capacity and starting price tag of $69,900. It will be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 2.9 seconds.

Musk tweeted on Thursday that the Cybertruck will be the “official truck of Mars,” which could be one reason it has such an unusual-looking design.

He also tweeted that the design was partially inspired by the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me.

Cybertruck built with durability in mind

Musk was so confident in the sturdiness of Tesla’s electric pickup that he even hit it with a sledgehammer to show how heavy duty it is. The windows will supposedly be able to withstand a heavy hit too, although the windows on the prototype revealed Thursday shattered on impact with a heavy metal ball. Tesla management carried on despite the unexpected issue. It seems more work needs to be done on the window glass.

The entire body is basically one piece of stainless steel, and the interior is very minimalistic with the touchscreen we’ve come to expect from Tesla vehicles. In place of the rearview mirror is a display which shows the image from the rear-facing camera. The truck seats six people with three in the front and three in the back.

If you’re having trouble seeing how the Cybertruck is a pickup truck, this image offers some insight:

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Image source: YouTube screenshot

YouTuber Marques Brownlee shared a video with his first impressions of Tesla’s electric pickup and even images from his first ride in the Cybertruck:

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Michelle Jones is editor-in-chief for ValueWalk.com and has been with the site since 2012. Previously, she was a television news producer for eight years. She produced the morning news programs for the NBC affiliates in Evansville, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and spent a short time at the CBS affiliate in Huntsville. She has experience as a writer and public relations expert for a wide variety of businesses. Email her at Mjones@wordpress-785388-2679526.cloudwaysapps.com.
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