Steve Jobs famously said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
Well recently, Elon Musk is doing just that. His latest innovation in a stream of designs meant to “accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible” is Tesla’s cybertruck.
According to a 2019 Car and driver report, here is what we know so far:
“With a sharp-edged exterior that is made of scratch- and dent-resistant stainless steel, Tesla’s all-electric truck is seriously tough. Along with available all-wheel drive, the Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds and has an estimated driving range of 500-plus miles. While that applies only to the most expensive model, the cheapest one starts at $39,900.”
What we didn’t know we want, and what Musk is banking that we will, is the ability to choose how many motors our truck has. We can have one, two, or three. The difference is in the acceleration, driving range, and towing capacity.
So how does the performance play out?
Topping out at 110 mph, Musk says the cybertruck will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the dual-motor version getsthere in 4.5 and tops out at 120 mph. Again, what we didn’tknow we wanted – the three motor cybertruck that zips to 60 mph in an amazing 2.9 seconds and sports an air suspension that can be raised and lowered on the fly, just in case we feel like a little off roading is in store.
And what truck owners want to know, when compared to its’ competitors, like the Ram 1500, it’s also beefier, with a towing capacity of as much as 14,000 pounds in the three-motor version. (The single- and dual-motor Teslas have a maximum tow rating of 7500 and 10,000 pounds, respectively.) Every Cybertruck can also haul 3500 pounds in its 6.5-foot cargo bed.
The driving range varies with the number of motors, but Tesla claims the single motor has a range of 250-plus miles, the dual motors boast 300-plus miles of range, and the top-tier tri-motor setup should provide more than 500 miles on a single charge.
And just for fun, the interior boasts a squared off steering wheel and a spaceship like cabin. What we probably also didn’t know we wanted was a tailgate that doubles as a ramp to load ATVs, or anything else we may have in mind to cart around.
So, what is next for Tesla? Likely something we have yet to imagine.
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