Tesla Cybertruck: what you need to know about the much-anticipated electric pickup

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A silver Tesla Cybertruck against a black wall
Designed by Franz Von Holzhausen, the Tesla Cybertruck is built to be tough and innovative. Image source: Tesla

An “all-American” electric pickup truck has never been an option, despite electric cars becoming more mainstream. That was the case - until the uniquely-built, must-have Tesla Cybertruck stepped on the scene. The new truck was unveiled by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Los Angeles, California in 2019. 

While the Cybertruck is not yet available for immediate purchase, you can pre-order it for an expected delivery as early as next year for the Single Motor and a 2022 delivery for the Dual and Tri Motor models. 

You can expect a lot from this truck, with features ranging from a 17-inch touchscreen to a 7 ton towing capability, and up to a 500 mile per-charge range. 

There are plenty of things to be excited for with the Cybertruck and we will walk you through what we know so far in terms of pricing, specs, and how it stacks up against competitors.

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    How much does a Tesla Cybertruck cost?

    There are 3 different Tesla Cybertruck models - the Single Motor, Dual Motor, and Tri Motor. 

    Each model varies in cost because of the different engine types, ranging from one to three electric motors. The miles of range, acceleration, and towing capacity also increase with the motor options. 

    Tesla’s Cybertruck price by model
    Model Cost Mile range after 1 charge Towing capacity 0-60 mph acceleration
    Single Motor $39,900 250 7,500 lbs 6.5 seconds
    Dual Motor $49,900 300 10,000 lbs 4.5 seconds
    Tri Motor $69,900 500 14,000 lbs 2.9 seconds

    These mileage range options, horsepower, and towing capacities are some of the best available for an electric vehicle, especially at such a low cost. 

    But that’s not all the Tesla truck offers, as it comes with many more impressive features.

    What features can you expect from the Cybertruck?

    Like most things from Tesla, the Cybertruck comes loaded with extras. 

    Low center of gravity 

    The acceleration times from 0-60mph are possible because of the Cybertruck’s low center of gravity. It allows for better control and torque, making the Cybertruck perfect for off-roading trips. Its exoskeleton also makes the Cybertruck more lightweight than traditional trucks, allowing for smoother driving both on and off-road. 

    Ability to charge on the go 

    While there is currently no detailed information available on battery types and charge times for the Cybertruck, you will have the ability to use the ever-expanding Tesla supercharger stations to charge quickly. 

    Additionally, each truck will come equipped with 110-volt and 220-volt on-board outlets so you can charge your car at home.

    Performance and capabilities 

    Despite its futuristic, Blade Runner-type look, the Tesla Cybertruck can actually perform like a truck by towing up to 7 tons and providing storage space of up to 6.5 feet. The trunk is known as “the vault” and includes 100 cubic feet of lockable storage space.

    Self-driving feature 

    Probably the most highly-anticipated feature, the full self-driving ability, is not yet available. However, you can upgrade your purchase for $10,000 so that when those features are available, your car will automatically update via software upgrades.

    New Vehicle Limited Warranty 

    The Cybertruck is covered under the Tesla New Vehicle Limited Warranty, which covers repairs to the vehicle for up to 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. It also covers the battery for 8 years or 125,000 miles. 

    However, while all of these features are important, the exoskeleton is what makes the Cybertruck truly stand out from its competitors.

    The Cybertruck’s impressive exoskeleton

    The exoskeleton is described as an outer skin-like layer, or a shell encasing the car, that provides ultimate protection for its passengers. 

    The exoskeleton is dent-proof, bulletproof, and can even withstand accidents, so you’ll be well-protected in whatever unfortunate situations you find yourself in. 

    The Cybertruck is built with 30X cold-rolled stainless steel, which is stronger than traditional hot-rolled steel and is the same steel they are using for SpaceX. Additionally, the windows are made of armor glass that absorbs impact, mitigating the risk of glass breaking.

    tesla cybertruck exoskeleton

    Image source: Tesla

    The exoskeleton has a unibody design, which reduces the strain that is put on the vehicle’s frame - something that drags down the performance of other trucks. Traditionally, trucks are built with the body-on-frame method, which makes the car heavier and causes it to use more fuel.

    By making this change, the Cybertruck can tow much heavier weights than its competitors while also being faster. We will detail the Cybertruck versus its competitors below. 

    Interior perks you can’t see from the outside

    There are plenty of noteworthy features that aren’t noticeable from the outside. 

    The Tesla interior with black, vegan leather seats and a faux marble dashboard

    The Cybertruck interior is designed to be sleek and minimalistic. Image source: Electrek

    For example, the truck can easily seat 6 people and it features a 17-inch touch screen for control and entertainment. While the specifics for what you can expect with the touch screen are not yet available, you can expect to have the ability to adjust the adaptive air suspensions of the truck’s height and allow remote trailer hitching, as well as standard AC and radio control.

    For ease of driving, all truck versions come with autopilot and parallel parking assistance. However, the shape of the car does make the rearview mirror difficult to see out of, so a digital camera-based mirror was added. 

    Basically, a live feed of whatever is behind the vehicle is played onto the rearview mirror-shaped screen. So instead of looking at the mirror yourself, you look at the screen that is playing a video of what is behind you.

    The Tesla truck is futuristic in its design, its features, and its promise of being an all-electric truck. But how does it stack up against its competitors?

    The Cybertruck versus major competitors

    Several automakers are getting into the electric pickup truck market, from the Fiat Chrysler Ram truck to GMC’s Hummer EV.

    Additionally, there are new car startups like Nikola, Bollinger and the Rivian R1T truck that will compete with the Cybertruck. Nikola is selling semi-trucks to compete with the Tesla Roadster. 

    Traditional car brands like Ford and GMC more closely resemble typical trucks, but they offer much less in terms of mileage range, towing capacity, and futuristic innovation that we all know is part of Tesla’s appeal. 

    GMC Hummer EV

    The Hummer EV in the woods, showing its off-roading capabilities

    The Hummer EV is expected to be an all-purpose electric truck capable of off-roading and suburban commuting. Image source: GMC

    One of the largest cars available, the Hummer, will soon be available in an electric version! 

    The Hummer EV is probably the Cybertruck’s most stiff competition because it is built for off-roading and the Hummer brand also has its own fan base. However, the towing capacity has not yet been released and the earliest available model will cost $112,595, which is much more expensive than even the most expensive Cybertruck model. 

    The most expensive luxury Hummer EV will be available in 2021 with the most affordable option debuting in 2024. 

    Ford F-50 Electric

    the ford hybrid f-150

    The hybrid Ford F-150 resembles a classic, non-electric truck. Image source: Autoweek  

    Ford, the maker of some of the most popular pickups in the U.S., will be soon unveiling a hybrid truck. 

    The hybrid F-150 is expected to be available in 2022 and there is currently very limited information available about the truck. But we can be certain that the truck itself will not perform as well as the Tesla because it does not have the signature exoskeleton, thereby making the Ford heavier. 

    Also, the car will start at $50,000, which is more expensive than the starting point for the Cybertruck. 

    Nikola Badger

    Nikola Badger

    Nikola, an electric car startup attempting to become the next Tesla, has semi trucks available and an electric truck on the way. Image source: Nikola Motor 

    One of the unique cars for order is the Nikola Badger with two options available, one that can drive up to 300 miles per charge for $60,000 and the other which offers a range of 600 miles for $90,000. 

    The Badger is more expensive than the Tesla and is newer, which is riskier to trust and purchase. Unlike the Cybertruck, the Badger is also not a fully-electric vehicle. It is a hybrid and can be filled with hydrogen-cell fuel, which is not yet readily available to the average consumer. 

    If you are a Tesla fan, there might not be any substitute for the Cybertruck, and perhaps rightfully so, seeing as you can spend as little as $39,900 on a fully-electric truck. 

    Should you pre-order the Cybertruck?

    The Cybertruck is more than a car, it is a distinctive piece of technology. Its functionality can get you from point A to point B without gas and it fills the void of limited electric truck options.

    For the U.S. to fully transfer to electric vehicles, electric trucks must be a part of that mix to replace their much-loved gas-powered counterparts. 

    If you want an electric truck and prefer Tesla, you can pre-order the Cybertruck with a fully-refundable $100 deposit. So even if it takes more time than anticipated for delivery, you will remain first in line. 

    The Tesla Cybertruck is a great way to drive sustainably and be at the forefront of new technology. 

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    For environmentally-minded consumers interested in purchasing a Cybertruck, adding solar panels is a logical next step. How you charge your electric car is important - if your electricity is powered by gas or coal, that greatly reduces the benefits of driving an electric car. 

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    Key takeaways

    • The Tesla Cybertruck is one of the first all-electric pickup truck options and it is available for pre-order starting at $39,900.
    • The Cybertruck performs like a truck, with the ability to tow up to 7 tons and it can travel up to 500 miles after a single charge.
    • Made with the same cold-rolled steel that reinforces SpaceX rockets, the Cybertruck will keep you safe from damage.
     - Author of Solar Reviews

    Ana Almerini

    Web Content Specialist

    Ana is a web content specialist at SolarReviews. She has 5 years of marketing experience blended with 2 years of experience in climate communications and holds a master of arts degree in climate and society from Columbia University. Ana frequently volunteers for environmental causes ranging from oyster reef restoration in NJ to expanding bike sharing in Naples, Italy.

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