If you're a lover of pickup trucks or a great off-roading experience, American Automotive company Tesla Motors has brought something different to the table. In an event in LA, California, on November 21, 2019, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, unveiled the company's new pickup truck called Cybertruck. Cybertruck has a unique angular design not found on regular trucks, and it comes with the promise of the best of everything.
Nonetheless, not very many people are exhilarated with the truck's unique design. According to critics, Cybertruck's design is a pretty lame joke, but the ride would still be "awesome for a zombie apocalypse." Others have noted that the vehicle has not been made for everyday truck use, which is a downside. But what does Tesla's Cybertruck offer? Let's take a closer look.
Elon Musk Unveils The CyberTruck
Elon Musk recently unveiled the Cybertruck and the vehicle's functionality. According to the CEO, trucks have maintained the same look for a long time, which brings about the need for something different and sustainable energy. To that effect, Cybertruck has an angular design. It is made from thick ultra-hard stainless steel (ultra-hard 30x cold-rolled stainless steel), which accounts for its exterior strength and ruggedness.
This build is meant to do something useful by offering strength and durability, unlike regular trucks whose build mainly serves to give the car a form. Also, the CyberTruck's build specification is similar to Ford's F-150, the most popular pickup truck in the US. It has dimensions quite similar to the F-150 judging from its length, width, and height of 231.7in, 79.8in, 75.8mm, respectively. However, most of the CyberTruck's mass has been moved to its exterior to create a strong exoskeleton, Musk said.
The CyberTruck Shows Renewed Strength
The strength of this vehicle's skin was tested when Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla's head of design, used a sledgehammer to hit the car. The result? There were no dents on the vehicle. On the contrary, the same sledgehammer, which was used to hit the side door of a regular truck, left a noticeable dent on it.
Explaining why that was, Musk revealed that Tesla's new truck is electronically bulletproof to a 9mm handgun. Hence, this is a rugged ride that is suitable for on-roading and off-roading. In the case of the latter, it will be able to withstand the impact of hard rocks and other obstacles. What's more, the CyberTruck was able to tow the F-150 conveniently, and it was shown to be faster than the Porsche 911.
The CyberTruck's Armour Glass Isn't So Shatterproof
Cybertruck boasts of a Tesla armor transparent metal glass, which is expected to offer durability. And when it came to showing the audience how much strength the glass had, Musk was more than ready. He called upon Holzhausen again, who threw a metal ball at one of the windows only to leave a rather embarrassing crack on it. Nonetheless, Musk noted that there is still room for improvement in the future.
Redditors Displeasure at the Design of the CyberTruck
On the contrary, several Redditors have aired their displeasure at the design of the CyberTruck. According to them, the design is a joke and unrealistic. A user, for instance, said:
"I can handle the appearance, but don't like the design for practical issues. How do you access your workbox from the bed of the truck with those slanted sides? Why give up the passenger headroom for the angle?"
Another remarked that:
"The Tesla truck looks like a model straight out of a WIP video game."
Despite these sentiments, others were quick to note that Cybertruck is sporting a design from the future. As such, there are possibilities that pickup trucks may soon adopt the same form.
The opinion of the latter was soon laid to rest, when a user opined that Cybertruck's design is a replica of what an "eight-year-old would draw" if asked, "what would a truck look like in 50 years and the kid just drew some jagged lines."
Can the CyberTruck Make a Huge Sale?
Given the negative feedback on Cybertruck's design and the failed test of its strengthen metal windows, there were uncertainties if the ride will be a huge sale. That's no longer the case since Elon Musk in a Tweet on November 25, 2019, revealed that 200,000 pre-orders had been made for the CyberTruck. Musk also said the large orders were made with "no advertising & no paid endorsement."
It's also worth noting that three models of the CyberTrucks are expected upon its launch. These are the tri-motor option, dual-motor version, and single-motor model. Musk's tweet reveals that 42% of orders were made for the dual model, while 41% and 17% of these requests were for the tri and single motor options, respectively.
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