Tesla’s Cybertruck Is a Pickup out of a Sci-Fi Hollywood Movie
Taking on the pickup truck market leader Ford, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the ambitious six-seater electric "Cybertruck" at a packed house on Thursday evening, which will soon be seen on the roads.
Starting at $39,900 (Rs 27.69 lakh approx), "Cybertruck" is inspired "Lotus Esprit S1" from the Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me".
The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.
"Tesla Cybertruck (pressurized edition) will be the official truck of Mars. Cybertruck design influenced partly by The Spy Who Loved Me," tweeted Musk.
According to research firm IHS Markit, the Ford F-150 has been the top-selling pickup truck in the US for more than 40 years, followed by GM's Chevrolet Silverado.
The six-seater pickup truck is likely to go into production by 2021 and will be made available in three variants.
Tesla says that the Cybertruck comes with ultra-strong glass and polymer-layered composite, however the company found Elon Musk managed to break the glass on the car by throwing a metal ball at it during the demo. Not so strong, eh!
That’s not all, in his second attempt, managed to break the rear passenger window, which means there is serious work to be done before assuring buyers of its durability. He ended that demo saying, “Room for improvement,”.
The truck withstood several blows with a sledgehammer but the glass couldn’t see the event through.
Pickup trucks are currently the fastest-growing segment in the US. At the Los Angeles event at the Tesla Design Centre late Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a "tug of war" between F-150 and the Cybertruck.
In June this year, the Tesla CEO said the truck would start at "less than $50,000," putting it between the starting price of the Model 3 (currently $39,400) and the Model S (currently $79,990) sedans.
Musk originally planned to reveal the truck earlier this year but delayed the launch event to November.
—With inputs from IANS
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