2022 Tesla Cybertruck revealed
This is the new Tesla Cybertruck. It might look like an escapee from a 1980s video game, but it’s a real electric pick-up truck. And here are the top ten carwow things you need to know about it.
Tesla Cybertruck electric pick up truck
Up to 500 mile range and 0-60 in under 3 seconds
Price and release date
£40-70,000, early 2022
Three’s the magic number with the Cybertruck, because that’s how many electric motors the top-of-the-range model gets. The all-wheel-drive tri-motor Cybertruck will do 0-60 in less than three seconds. A dual-motor all-wheel-drive model will do the same sprint in under 4.5 seconds, while the entry-level single-motor with rear-wheel drive will take 6.5 seconds to go from 0-60.
Tesla says its tri-motor Cybertruck can manage 500 miles between charges. The mid-spec dual-motor model, meanwhile, lasts 300 miles, but the entry-level rear-drive Cybertruck will only do 250 miles between electrical charge-ups.
The new Cybertruck is probably the most minimalist pick-up ever created. Up front, there’s no grille, just a blank space flanked by two headlights, while the bonnet flows without a change in angle into the windscreen. And at the rear there’s just a single high-level light bar. There are traditional pick-up-truck design cues though – just take a look at those rugged tyres and chunky wheel arches…
Tesla’s made the body of the Cybertruck (which it calls its exoskeleton) out of cold-rolled stainless steel, which helps eliminate corrosion. It also makes it look like a modern successor to the DeLorean. Which is definitely a good thing in my book.
Inside, the angular design theme continues, with geometric seatbacks and a flat, shelf-like dashboard. Familiar to owners of pick-up trucks will be the six-seat layout, which includes a small jump seat in the front row. What’s less normal for a pick-up is the massive 17-inch touchscreen and the oddly-shaped steering wheel.
Tesla reckons the Cybertruck has 2,830 litres of lockable cargo capacity. This includes the load bed (which Tesla calls the vault) the frunk, and even more storage in the sail pillars. And if, like me, you didn’t know what those were, they’re the bits of bodywork behind the rear windows. Every day’s a school day, eh?
The Cybertruck has integrated 120-volt and 240-volt powerpoints, turning it into a kind of mobile mini power station. It also features an on-board air compressor, making it ideal for camping trips or building sites.
Thanks to adaptive air suspension – a pretty high-tech trick on a truck – the Cybertruck can raise or lower itself by up to four inches. It’s also self-levelling so you know it’ll adjust automatically to any load.
If you expect to be driving through the dodgier parts of town you needn’t worry, because the Cybertruck will withstand a whack from a sledgehammer without denting the bodywork. Its windows will also resist bullets, although Elon Musk’s demonstration of that didn’t quite go according to plan…
In the US – which will be the new pick-up’s main market – the Cybertruck will start from just under $40,000 when it goes on sale in 2021, rising to around $70,000 for a top-spec tri-motor. That puts it squarely up against massive sellers like the Ford F150 and Ram 1500.