The Tesla Cybertruck has once again come under scrutiny. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, used the most recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast to shed some light on this long-awaited electric pickup.
Notably, manufacturing challenges remain formidable, but Tesla still expects to produce approximately 200,000 Cybertrucks per year when production reaches its peak. This is interestingly lower than Musk’s previous optimistic estimate of up to 500,000 units per year and the company’s most recent prediction of 250,000 in its latest earnings.
When asked about the weight of the Cybertruck, Musk said it ranged from 2,720 kg to 3,180 kg, depending on the version. That’s roughly the size of a Ford F-250, a heavy-duty truck. Official sources, such as the NHTSA’s 2024 Model Year VIN Decoder, appear to roughly confirm this information.
The real kicker, however, is the apparent acceleration of the Cybertruck. Even with its weight, it is targeting a 0-60 mph time of under 3 seconds, specifically when in the ‘Beast Mode’. In comparison, the Rivian R1T takes 4s, so if Tesla pulls this off, it will dethrone it.
You can’t expect a boring talk show if you put Musk and Rogan in the same room. On the podcast, there was a rather theatrical demonstration. Rogan attempted to test the Cybertruck’s tenacity with a broadside arrow shot from a 95-pound compound bow in a spur-of-the-moment challenge. It only produced a few sparks, a minor dent, and a shattered arrow. Musk casually pointed out that while the Cybertruck’s door panels would be bulletproof, the windows would not be. However, for those seeking additional security, bulletproof windows will be available, though with some caveats: they will be chunky, heavy, and stationary.
This isn’t the first time the Cybertruck’s endurance has been called into question. One was recently spotted with what appeared to be bullet impacts. Musk, ever the showman, claimed to have loaded a full Tommy gun clip into that specific vehicle.
As the countdown to the official Cybertruck delivery event approaches a month, enthusiasts and skeptics alike are waiting for full specifications and pricing details. More surprises can be expected with Musk’s usual mix of disclosures and teases.
Tesla, Inc., an American electric vehicle and clean energy company, developed the Cybertruck, an all-electric pickup truck. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, unveiled the Cybertruck in November 2019 and it quickly attracted attention for its unusual design and cutting-edge features.
Key features and information about the Tesla Cybertruck include:
- Design: The Cybertruck features a distinctive angular and metallic exoskeleton design, constructed using Tesla’s “Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled” stainless steel. The design is notably different from traditional pickup trucks, giving it a unique and futuristic appearance.
- Performance: Tesla has claimed impressive performance specifications for the Cybertruck. Depending on the model, it is expected to offer different ranges, acceleration times, and towing capacities. Like other Tesla vehicles, it includes Autopilot capabilities for advanced driver-assistance.
- Variants: The Cybertruck is expected to come in three different variants: Single Motor RWD, Dual Motor AWD, and Tri Motor AWD. Each variant offers different performance metrics, with the Tri Motor AWD having the highest range and towing capacity.
- Utility: The Cybertruck is designed to be a versatile and utilitarian vehicle, with a large cargo bed and a robust exoskeleton. The bed features a retractable cover and a built-in ramp for easy loading and unloading of cargo.
- Materials: The use of stainless steel in the exoskeleton is intended to provide durability and resistance to dents and damage. The material choice is also notable for its impact on both aesthetics and functionality.
- Production Status: As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, Tesla had planned to begin production of the Cybertruck in late 2021, but timelines and production schedules are subject to change. It’s advisable to check the latest updates from Tesla for the most current information on production and delivery.