When Tesla introduced its CyberTruck, everyone was surprised by its looks. Car lovers were also impressed with its specifications and amazed at the willingness of Tesla to evolve in a way no one anticipated.
Nonetheless, a few were expecting something more revolutionary – Perhaps a super tough all-terrain vehicle that is truly autonomous and has no need of a steering wheel. No one can blame people for thinking on these lines, as with past innovation comes great public expectations. After all, who else but Tesla could come up with something radical? For now, let’s talk about what Tesla really did to decide if their radically new cybertruck is out of the box or not?
What is the Tesla CyberTruck?
Over 6,500 trucks running on fossil fuels are sold in the US on a daily basis, and the main purpose to introduce the new Tesla Cybertruck to present a clean energy alternative to the consumers. They have really managed to achieve their goal with this new offering.
The Tesla Cybertruck is a light all-electric battery commercial vehicle. Three designs were released with range ranges of 250–500 miles (400–800 km) and an average 2.9–6.5 seconds 0–60 mph.
The vehicle’s rear-wheel-drive model will retail for $39,900, with all-wheel-drive models from $49,900. Cybertruck manufacture is scheduled for 2021, with more models on the market by 2022.
The truck has a self-leveling suspension incorporated that makes up for varying load. Standard specs include on-board power capacitors for both 120 and 240-volt power supply, enabling power tools for use without a portable generator and an air compressor to power the pneumatics.
The shell is stainless steel and bullet-resistant up to 9 mm. All the CyberTrucks come with Tesla Autopilot and also an independent operating hardware function. In November 2019, Tesla accepted pre-orders for $100 with a ‘complete self-driving’ choice for $7,000.
The inner design was revealed on 21 November 2019 and featured a 17-inch central panel with seating for six on two bench seats. The front middle seat can be folded into an armrest. It also comes with an electric-powered mirror that utilizes a camera as well, so you don’t need a dash cam separately. You will also love its steering yoke that resembles a lot what you find in a race car. It also features a marble-effect dashboard made from a combination of wood-based fibers, paper, and natural wood pigments.
The truck bed is 6.5 feet (2.0 m) wide and close to the standard tailgate pickup truck frame. To enhance the CyberTrucks aerodynamic efficiency, it has sloping sidewalls and an integrated electric roller shutter type tonneau cover.
Tesla designates this 100-cubic-foot (2.8 m3) covered space as ‘the vault’ due to the extra safety it delivers. It has LED strips down both sides, extra sunken capacity behind the rear wheels, 110 and 220 V AC outlets and the pneumatic tool compressed air outlet.
In an online post, Elon Musk implied that temperature control for the cabin would also be included in the vault for applications such as camping. One feature shown on the prototype but not specifically marketed is a ramp for loading cargo.
Like most passenger cars, the Cybertruck employs unibody structure (called an exoskeleton by Tesla) instead of truck-typical body-on-frame design, since a conventional truck frame interferes with the positioning of the battery pack. The exoskeleton is composed of exceptionally thick 30x-series 3 mm (1⁄8 in) body panels of cold-rolled stainless steel that are not be any means, traditional automotive parts. The panels can only twist in straight lines, leading to a unique face design called ‘low-poly’.
It is very similar to the material SpaceX utilizes on their Starship, as it outsources stress uniformly and enables greater interior volume. For Cybertruck, previous design concepts included titanium in the outer panels, but this quickly changed to stainless steel because of its increased resilience.
The Tesla CyberTruck surprised everyone with its remarkable features and innovative design. However, people have high expectations of masterminds such as Elon Musk. While it’s not wrong to say people were expecting a truck that comes right out of the Jetsons or Star Trek, with the speed technology is moving, it won’t be too long before Musk or someone else equally brilliant produces the vehicle we thought we’d be driving in the 21st century.