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Tesla Cybertruck costs more than, doesn’t go as far as promised

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Tesla Cybertruck Launch

After a four-year wait, which extended two years beyond the initial timeline, Tesla has finally launched the much-anticipated Cybertruck. However, it comes with a steeper price tag and reduced range than initially announced.

Tesla recently conducted a delivery event, during which the company disclosed various specifications and features of the Cybertruck, while handing over the first units to customers.

The details on Tesla’s website suggest three versions of the Cybertruck, with prices and ranges marked as estimates.

The entry-level Rear-Wheel Drive Cybertruck, possibly featuring a single motor, is slated for delivery in 2025 at an estimated cost of $60,990. This price significantly exceeds the originally stated $40,000 by CEO Elon Musk. Its projected range is 250 miles, with a 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds, a maximum speed of 112 mph, and a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.

The All-Wheel Drive version, likely equipped with a dual-motor setup, is expected to reach customers in 2024. Priced at $79,990, it boasts an estimated 340-mile range, 600 hp, and 7,435 lb-ft of torque (potentially including driveline torque multiplication). This model can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, reach 112 mph, and tow up to 11,000 pounds.

Tesla’s top-tier offering, named the Cyberbeast, is priced at $99,990 with deliveries planned for 2024. Its estimated capabilities include a 320-mile range, a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds, a top speed of 130 mph, and power output of 845 hp and 10,296 lb-ft of torque (likely after torque multiplication).

A Range Extender option is available for both the Cyberbeast and All-Wheel Drive models, extending their ranges to 440 and 470 miles, respectively. The cost and impact of this addition on towing and payload capacities are yet to be disclosed. Notably, no model currently matches the initially promised 500-mile range.

Elon Musk, during the event, mentioned various performance metrics without specific details, including a sub-11-second quarter-mile time and a maximum payload capacity of 2,500 pounds.

The Cybertruck’s dimensions are listed as 95 inches wide, 223.7 inches long, and 70.5 inches tall. Musk described the composite bed as 6-feet by 4-feet. The truck features 120-volt and 240-volt outlets in the bed and cab, with up to 11.5-kw power output and 65-watt USB-C ports. Additionally, the Cybertruck can reportedly supply power to a house, though details are sparse.

With a 0.335 drag coefficient, certain models are equipped with 35-inch all-terrain tires and 20-inch wheels. The truck offers 67 cubic feet of bed space under the tonneau cover and 54 cubic feet of internal storage with the second-row seats flipped up.

Musk highlighted the Cybertruck’s up to 17 inches of ground clearance, courtesy of a four-corner air suspension system with adaptive dampers. The specifics of this system, including its availability across models, remain unclear.

The Cybertruck boasts features like locking differentials, torque vectoring, and can reportedly regain up to 136 miles of range in 15 minutes using a fast charger with a maximum rate of 250 kw.

Steer-by-wire and rear-wheel steering systems are part of the Cybertruck, offering a turning radius shorter than Tesla’s Model X. The specific models featuring these systems are not specified.

Musk compared the Cybertruck’s torsional stiffness favorably to the McLaren P1 and claimed the truck’s glass to be rock-proof, resistant to 70 mph baseball impacts or class 4 hail.

A striking demonstration video showed a Tommy Gun shooting at a Cybertruck without metal penetration. Musk tweeted about the bulletproof nature of the doors against .45 and 9mm bullets.

Inside, the Cybertruck features an 18.5-inch dashboard touchscreen and a 9.4-inch touchscreen for rear passengers. A 15-speaker audio system is shown, though its standard inclusion is unconfirmed.

Tesla has designed various Cybertruck-specific accessories, including a bed-mounted tent and a roof-mounted light bar.

Battery pack sizes and specifications for the Cybertruck remain undisclosed, including the types of battery cells used. The current production and delivery numbers are also unknown.

Cybertruck production commenced at Tesla’s facility near Austin, Texas, in July, coinciding with the final testing and certification phase.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tesla Cybertruck Launch

What is the starting price of the Tesla Cybertruck Rear-Wheel Drive model?

The base Rear-Wheel Drive Tesla Cybertruck is estimated to start at $60,990, which is higher than the originally quoted price of $40,000 by CEO Elon Musk.

When are the Tesla Cybertruck models expected to be delivered?

The All-Wheel Drive Cybertruck is planned for delivery in 2024, while the base Rear-Wheel Drive model and the high-end Cyberbeast are scheduled for 2025.

What are the range estimates for the Tesla Cybertruck models?

The base Rear-Wheel Drive model is estimated to have a 250-mile range, the All-Wheel Drive model around 340 miles, and the Cyberbeast approximately 320 miles. With the Range Extender, these can increase to 440 and 470 miles respectively.

Does the Tesla Cybertruck offer any unique features?

Yes, the Cybertruck includes features such as a steer-by-wire system, rear-wheel steering, locking differentials, torque vectoring, and the ability to power a house. It also boasts a rock-proof glass and an interior touchscreen display.

What is the ground clearance of the Tesla Cybertruck?

The Cybertruck offers up to 17 inches of ground clearance, achieved through a four-corner air suspension system with adaptive dampers, particularly in its Extract Mode.

How fast can the Tesla Cybertruck charge?

The Cybertruck can recover up to 136 miles of range in 15 minutes when using a fast charger with a maximum charge rate of 250 kw.

Are there any special accessories designed for the Tesla Cybertruck?

Yes, Tesla has designed specific accessories for the Cybertruck, including a bed-mounted tent for camping and a roof-mounted light bar.

More about Tesla Cybertruck Launch

  • Tesla’s Official Cybertruck Page
  • Cybertruck Delivery Event Highlights
  • Tesla Cybertruck Pricing and Specifications
  • Electric Vehicle Innovations and News
  • Automotive Technology Updates
  • Cybertruck Feature Details and Comparisons
  • Tesla’s Production and Delivery Updates
  • Cybertruck Battery and Charging Information
  • Cybertruck Accessories and Customization Options

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