Tesla unveils the Cybertruck – a futuristic, electric bakkie

When Elon Musk first teased the idea of a fully electric ‘cyberpunk’ pickup truck (or bakkie, to those cultured few amongst us) no one might have anticipated the direction the maverick CEO wanted to take; but now Tesla has successfully unveiled the Cybertruck – a pickup truck with a decidedly dystopian design – on stage.

The Cybertruck will sell in three different configurations which will respectively offer 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles of road coverage on a single charge, and will be accompanied by a surprise addition in the form of an electric ATV that can neatly slot in the truck’s back canopy.

As reported by The Verge, the Cybertruck’s three key configurations include:

  • A single motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range, 7,500-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph capabilities in under 6.5 seconds, for $39,900.
  • A dual motor all-wheel drive with 300 miles of range, 10,000-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds for $49,900.
  • a triple motor all-wheel drive with 500 miles of range, 14,000-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph in under 2.9 seconds for $69,900. 

Touted as a pickup-truck take on Back to the Future’s DeLorean, the Cybertruck was intended to fuse together stainless steel and angular glass windows. Despite being touted by Musk as ‘near unbreakable’, Tesla’s design chief Franz von Holzhausen managed to shatter them during an on-stage presentation of their durability.

Cybertruck pre-orders have already begun, and interested buyers can lodge their interest with a $100 USD deposit.

The Cybertruck is the first major break in both Tesla’s product catalogue and design language. The firm up until now has offered the Tesla Model S, 3, X and Y, as well as the planned Tesla Roadster. Musk has publicly touted the Cybertruck’s design as his favourite, and it remains to be seen as to whether the bakkie will influence the form factor of future Tesla vehicles on offer.

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