Tesla is currently developing a heavy-duty truck, and Elon Musk recently confirmed that the vehicle is going to be updated with a four-motor configuration. Musk then went on to discuss the premium pickup, which will feature front and rear wheel steering. “It can drive diagonally like a crab,” he added. Here’s everything you need to know more about the much-awaited Cybertruck.
Tesla was planning to update the specs and pricing before the production version’s debut in 2022, after two years of stasis since the unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck prototype in 2019.
Elon Musk announced that Tesla will release a fully electric truck in 2020, and some of the modifications have already been made to the vehicle. A four-motor layout will be used for starters, according to his recent tweet.
Calling the electric pick-up truck “insane technology bandwagon,” Musk said that the Cybertruck would feature both front and rear-wheel steering, which will “not only (turn) like a tank – it can drive diagonally like a crab.”
The concept vehicle would compete with GMC’s Hummer EV, Ford’s F-150 Lightning, and Rivian’s R1T in the category of pickup trucks. Of those, only the R1T has four individual motors that power all four wheels and the GMC Hummer may drive diagonally, as per Reuters.
Tesla Cybertruck is a unique looking vehicle that the company says is “built to last”. It has an angular design and is made from stainless steel and aluminum. Tesla also claims that it is nearly impenetrable, with a claimed armor rating of level 10.
As further, the company says that the truck will be capable of very fast acceleration and towing, with a 0-60 time of just 1.9 seconds. The truck is envisioned as a heavy duty freight mover, with a capacity of 80,000 pounds.
Tesla did not say how quickly it would charge or how much it might cost. However, Tesla has said that it has a range of 500 miles on a single charge. The company also says that the truck will be equipped with autopilot capabilities, but did not say whether this would be at the level of capability in Tesla’s other vehicles.
A big issue with electric cars is that their range is often limited. That’s why it’ll be interesting to see how the truck performs in terms of towing capacity and acceleration. The Cybertruck is a very unique looking vehicle and it will be interesting to see how it is received by consumers. Tesla is hoping that the Cybertruck will be a big success and help it become a leading player in the electric vehicle market.
However, Tesla faces some stiff competition from other companies of trucks . Many of these are powered by biofuel, natural gas or hydrogen. Tesla will be hoping that its unique design and technology will help it compete in the market against the big players.