Tesla unveils the Cybertruck. Right here’s the way it compares to regular vans (VIDEO)

In what is probably going essentially the most controversial automotive reveal of the final couple of a long time, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk Thursday evening unveiled his long-talked-about reimagining of the pickup truck.

And boy did it fire up some robust feelings in people. However, trying like this, how might it not?

Take a look at our full video protection and dialogue of the Cybertruck for all the main points, pricing, specs and comparisons to Ford, Chevy and Ram pickups, or learn on for extra particulars:

For months Musk has been saying the truck would appear like one thing out of the film Blade Runner and now we all know he wasn’t kidding. My preliminary response upon seeing it was that it regarded like what would occur if you happen to tasked the unique PlayStation to render a truck that’s purported to appear like a Delorean mashed up with a Chevrolet Avalanche.

I don’t essentially imply that in a unfavourable method. I do just like the futuristic route, and whereas I’m not keen to say this design is “good,” I’ll say kudos to Tesla for placing out a design that’s totally different. You possibly can name it ugly or say it appears to be like like one thing out of the early days of 3D video video games, however you possibly can’t say it’s not daring.

Most automotive and truck prototypes and ideas that automakers really allow us to see these days not often go into manufacturing the identical method they have been dreamt up. In between they’re watered all the way down to make them extra palatable and simpler to fabricate at scale for our crossover-crazed tradition. If and when Tesla delivers the Cybertruck, I’m pretty assured it can appear like this. Plus, we’ve solely recognized what the Cybertruck appears to be like like for lower than 24 hours and in that timeframe I’ve seen extra social media takes from non-car-and-truck-people on the design than I’ve seen on any car in current reminiscence. It’s extremely partaking, much more extremely polarizing and I’d say that’s a superb factor.

Sufficient opinion. Let’s transfer on to the information.

Initially, although the Cybertruck has some spectacular specs and a few early renderings of this truck made it appear to be it will be a mini model of Tesla’s semi truck, this truck shouldn’t be meant to compete within the heavy obligation pickup area. It’s a unibody design meant to compete with half-ton pickups. And that’s an necessary truth to bear in mind, particularly contemplating the design selections made with this truck.

Second, one factor that Tesla positively bought proper with the Cybertruck is beginning worth. The bottom configuration begins at $39,900. Given the supplies the truck is manufactured from and the spectacular functionality it has, that’s one hell of a deal. In reality, it’s such a low worth level that many on the market are questioning if Tesla will really be capable to ship a manufacturing mannequin of this truck at that worth level.

Why you ask? Effectively, for starters the truck is made cold-rolled metal and that ain’t low cost. Throughout the occasion Musk stated that is actually bulletproof metallic and added that it’s the identical metal his different firm, Area X, is utilizing to make its rocket for journey to Mars. To indicate off the sturdiness of this metal in comparison with the traditional pickup, Musk introduced out what regarded just like the door panel to a Ford F-150 and hit it with a sledgehammer. It predictably dented. (A be aware: that panel was probably constituted of aluminum so this by default shouldn’t be an apples-to-apples comparability.) They took the identical sledgehammer to the Cybertruck and it bounced again with out leaving a mark on the Tesla pickup.

The opposite dear sturdiness characteristic on this truck is—supposedly—its glass. I say supposedly as a result of when it got here time to display the toughness of the “Armor Glass,” issues didn’t go properly. After a pane of the glass that wasn’t really on the truck survived the drop of a metal ball from appreciable peak, Musk requested Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen to chuck that very same metal ball on the home windows of the Cybertruck. He did. Twice. And twice the grass shattered. A minimum of “It didn’t undergo,” Musk stated with a chuckle. (You possibly can see footage of the failed demo in our video above.)

Different options on the truck embrace

4-inch suspension
On-board energy and compressed air
Built-in roll-up mattress cowl
Six-seat inside
Yoke steering wheel
Rear view show

And lordy in any respect the lightbars on this factor. For starters, there aren’t conventional headlamps. As a substitute you’ve two strips of LEDs, one on the entrance and one on the again, that function the headlights and tail lights. Then, above the windshield and on the apex of the truck’s triangular profile, there’s one other lightbar. Plus, the mattress is surrounded by LED strips.

The truck additionally has some spectacular off-road specs together with 16 inches of floor clearance, 35 levels of strategy angle and 28 levels of departure angle.

So with all that being stated, $39,900 is a bit onerous to imagine while you see what this truck can dish out at that worth level.

Each configuration of the Cybertruck can haul 3,500 kilos of payload. The variations in configurations focus on what number of electrical motors you place within the truck. Right here’s how they break down:

$39,900 Single Motor:

Rear-wheel drive
250 miles of vary
Zero-60 mph in 6.5 seconds
110 mph high velocity
7,500 lbs. towing capability

$49,900 Twin Motor

All-wheel drive
300 miles of vary
Zero-60 mph in 4.5 seconds
120 mph high velocity
10,000 lbs. towing capability

$69,900 Tri Motor

All-wheel drive
500 miles of vary
Zero-60 mph in 2.9 seconds
130 mph high velocity
14,000 lbs. towing capability


How does the Cybertruck evaluate to standard half-ton vans?

Every of these configurations gives a reasonably spectacular record of specs for the value factors. However how does it actually evaluate to the pickups available on the market right now? Throughout the occasion, Musk put up a slide that, if true, implies that homeowners of the Cybertruck can count on a lot decrease value of possession in comparison with different pickups.

The slide confirmed that the $49,900 Cybertruck will value homeowners $570 every month when including up a $500 lease cost, $40 for electrical energy and $30 in upkeep prices. For comparability, Musk stated the common half-ton pickup promoting for $48,000 will value homeowners $700 every month when including up a $430 lease, $130 in gasoline prices and $90 in upkeep prices.

So far as spec comparisons go, Tesla didn’t reveal how a lot horsepower or torque the Cybertruck makes and it looks as if the ultimate powertrain choices aren’t all nailed down fairly but. Nonetheless, we will evaluate towing and payload.

Right here’s how the Cybertruck compares to the highest towers within the 2020 half-ton class:

Cybertruck Tri Motor: 14,000 lbs.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with 6.2L V8: 13,400 lbs.
Ford F-150 with 3.5L EcoBoost V6: 13,200 lbs.
Ram 1500 with 5.7L HEMI V8: 12,750 lbs.
Ram 1500 with EcoDiesel V6: 12,560 lbs.
GMC Sierra with 6.2L V8: 12,100 lbs.
Ford F-150 with 3L Energy Stroke Diesel: 11,400 lbs.
Cybertruck Twin Motor: 10,000 lbs.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with 3L Duramax Diesel: 9,300 lbs.
GMC Sierra with 3L Duramax Diesel 9,100 lbs.
Cybertruck Single Motor: 7,500 lbs.

And right here’s how the Cybertruck compares relating to max payload figures:

Cybertruck (6.5-ft. field): 3,500 kilos
Ford F-150 (Eight-foot field): 3,270 lbs.
Ram 1500 (6-ft., 4-in. field): 2,300 lbs.
Chevy Silverado (5-ft., Eight-in. field): 2,250 lbs.

These are each fairly spectacular comparisons provided that that is Tesla’s first go at a pickup. And while you add within the cool issue of a truck that may go Zero-60 in lower than 3 seconds, it makes the entire bundle go down so much simpler.

The massive query is whether or not or not Tesla did sufficient with this truck relating to successful over individuals who love vans. Musk has stated he wasn’t notably fearful about that issue and the disclosing of this truck attests to that, together with an entire lack of particulars on necessary truck issues like How am I supposed to succeed in into or throw/load issues into the mattress from the aspect? or Are there tie downs? or How straightforward is it going to be to get elements?

With that in thoughts, people who love truck are probably not received over at this level and it’s very onerous guilty them. Then there’s merely the problem of whether or not or not we’ll really see this factor go into manufacturing in its present kind. Tesla says the truck received’t go into manufacturing till 2021. And the tri-motor configuration received’t go into manufacturing till 2022. By then it’s not a far-out risk that Ford and Chevy might each have their very own electrical pickups available on the market with specs that meet or exceed these.

Which, actually makes all of this hype and fury really feel a bit foolish. Good on Tesla for taking a giant swing with the Cybertruck. Now we wait to see in the event that they knock it out of the park or if this complete factor is an infield out.