Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unveiled company first electric pickup – Cybertruck and made some outrageous claims. The truck, launched at an event in Los Angeles, will be available in three versions. The first variant can run for 250 miles on a single charge, the midrange edition can cover 300 miles and the longest-range version is claimed to be capable of getting up to an unprecedented 500 miles. The price range will start at USD 39,000, said Elon Musk. The truck will start rolling out only in late 2021 but those who want to buy it can pre-order on the official website of Tesla. Cybertruck is claimed to be capable of hitting 0-60 mph in only 2.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds.
The Tesla CEO said he is super excited about the electric pickup truck than any other vehicle in the company’s future line-up. Musk has been pushing for Tesla pickup truck for the past many years. In 2012, Musk tweeted he would want supertruck with dynamic air suspension and crazy torque. The Cybertruck was put through its paces by Musk to demonstrate its ruggedness. He was accompanied by Tesla’s chief of design Franz von Holzhausen. Holzhausen hit the door of Cybertruck several times with a sledgehammer and claimed it was practically a bulletproof. The truck was also shown winning a tug-of-war with a Ford F150. It also left behind a Porsche 911 in a drag race.
However, things didn’t go as planned when he wanted to show that pickup’s ‘armoured’ glass was shatterproof. A metal ball was shown by Holzhausen at the side windows which shattered both the windows but did not completely shatter. The pickup truck, a pet project for Musk, can bring a great opportunity for Tesla’s business as its sales are on the rise in the United States. Moreover, they have high-profit margins thanks to high average selling prices. According to Tyson Jominy, VP of data and analytics consulting at JD Power, pickup buyers tend to spend a lot on their trucks.