Cybertruck – Pickup Truck, Sports Car, or Both?

Brendan Conniff

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    After much anticipation, Elon Musk and the rest of the Tesla crew unveiled its next biggest breakthrough … the Cybertruck. The Cybertruck, with its stainless steel exterior and triangle-like roof, looks more like a sports car than a truck but its biggest rival is none other than the current top truck, the powerful Ford F-150. Tesla claims that the Cybertruck has better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car and ultimate durability and passenger protection. These claims are based on the Cybertruck’s nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel structural skin and Tesla armor glass.  However, some of these claims fell slightly short.  

In the Cybertruck’s unveiling in Los Angeles, Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, hit the door of the truck with a sledgehammer to demonstrate its impenetrable exoskeleton.  The Cybertruck lived up to its claim to fame and no dent was made. But when C.E.O Elon Musk threw a metal ball against the window of the truck to show the strength of its armor glass, it proved quite the opposite as Musk shattered the glass in two windows.  Musk sheepishly addressed the shattered glass by saying his throws were “a little too hard” but the balls “didn’t go through.”

    Three models of the Cybertruck have been revealed. These models include a single-motor rear wheel drive which is $39,900, a dual-motor all wheel drive which is $49,900, and a tri-motor all wheel drive for $69,900. With the acceleration of a Porsche, and the ability to tow 14,000 pounds with up to 500 miles on one charge, this truck is on its way to becoming the most expensive truck ever. Hype is sweeping the United States with Tesla saying that they received over 180,000 pre-orders for the truck. But people are going to have to wait a painstakingly long time for the next greatest truck as production does not begin until late 2021.  At least this gives Tesla time to correct the issues with the glass.  

    In just the past year, Tesla has evolved into one of the top sports car producers. The company has come a long way since its inception in 2003 as they currently sell two types of sports sedans, and a sports utility vehicle. In addition, to the latest Cybertruck, Tesla has a hatchback coming to the market next year, as well as a two-seat roadster and a semi-truck that were unveiled two years ago. 

    Will the Cybertruck’s strange and futuristic design resonate with consumers? We will have to wait until 2021 to find out.

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