Is the Tesla Cybertruck Truly Revolutionary?
The Cybertruck, unveiled by Tesla in 2019 and currently set to be released in 2023, is an all-electric truck that looks like something from a science fiction movie. The polygonal nature of the Cybertruck gives it a futuristic look unlike anything on the truck market today. In fact, Elon Musk drew inspiration from a futuristic submarine car used in the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me. Beyond the unworldly appearance, the Cybertruck has the performance to compete with the best trucks on the market. Are these specifications impressive enough for the Cybertruck to be considered truly revolutionary?
When examining a truck, the most common factor to consider is its utility.
There is a clear and undeniable advantage when examining the structure and exterior of the Cybertruck. The vehicle is constructed using a Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel exoskeleton. This is the same metal that encases the SpaceX starship. Said to withstand a post-apocalyptic world, the truck will hold up better than any other truck in the harshest of conditions. Often used as utility vehicles, trucks are subjected to abuse through off-roading, towing, carrying, among other strenuous activities.
The incredibly hard stainless steel that encases the Cybertruck is both dent and scratch resistant, making it perfect for all types of activities. To go along with the Ultra-Hard steel panels, the Cybertruck also features bullet proof glass! Additionally, equipped with four-corner air suspension, the truck has as much as 16 inches of ground clearance. One common concern of electric vehicles is whether they need to be constantly recharged. With the tri-motor Cybertruck having a revolutionary range of 500 miles, the biggest shortcoming of electric vehicles is solved. All these features prove the utility and practicality of the Cybertruck.
When will it be ready?
According to Elon Musk on last week’s conference call, “we are still expecting to be in production with the Cybertruck in middle of next year.”
Now let’s talk about the speed.
The highest end model of the Cybertruck, a vehicle weighing 6500 pounds, can achieve 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds. For reference, a Ford F-150 takes 6.6 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. Even crazier, the Porsche 9-11 Carerra, a high-end sports car weighing 3500 pounds, achieves a 0-60 in 4.0 seconds.
The speeds that Tesla’s electric motors produce are absolutely revolutionary. For a truck to be able to accelerate faster than an aerodynamic sports car is simply unheard of. In addition to the impressive acceleration speeds, the same model Cybertruck can achieve a top speed of 130 miles per hour. Trucks have never had a great reputation for their speed. Tesla’s ability to excel in this area allows it to transcend the label of just a truck. Based on the speed this vehicle is able to achieve, it wouldn’t be unfair to label this vehicle as a sports car.
The speed of the Cybertruck is not the only thing impressive about its power.
One of the most important features of a truck is its ability to tow. Even with its incredible speeds, the Cybertruck does not compromise in its towing power. A common misconception with towing capacity is that the limiting factor is the engine strength. However, the vehicle body structure is actually more important.
Towing inflicts a lot of stress on specific parts of the vehicle, which is what limits the towing capacity. Built with an incredibly strong exoskeleton, the Cybertruck has little to worry about. Moreover, the Cybertruck has a towing capacity of an astounding 14,000 pounds. A fully spec’d 2022 Ford F-150, the most popular truck on the market, also has a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. In terms of payload capacity, the Cybertruck outperforms the F-150 being able to carry 3500 pounds compared to just 3250 pounds. Clearly, even with the Cybertruck’s incredible speeds, its towing capacity is competitive with the best trucks in the market.
With all these incredible specs, the Cybertruck must be outrageously expensive, right?
No! The exoskeleton design along with 3-millimeter-thick flat panels revolutionizes the car production process. In traditional production, the curves of the cars are produced through gigantic stamping machines, with the Cybertruck, production efficiency can be highly improved through folding metal rather than stamping. Additionally, the stainless-steel finish eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming paint shops. These changes to the production process forego many costs intensive steps. This is why even with the incredible specs of the Cybertruck, the base model became listed at an incredibly affordable $39,900 dollars.
Frankly, the Cybertruck could be classified as revolutionary on looks alone. It has the potential of changing the fundamental structure and aesthetic design of future vehicles to come. Beyond that, the Cybertruck excels in every category from speed to tow. The fact is, the Cybertruck transcends any vehicle label as it performs in one category without compromise in another. Lastly, the car market is due for a revolutionary change in the game, and the Cybertruck is here to make it.
In conclusion, Elon Musk recently remarked about the importance of the Cybertruck:
“We’re very excited about that product. It might actually be our best product ever… We’ll bring another level of simplicity and manufacturing improvements with Cybertruck and future products that we’re not quite ready to talk about now… but, that I think will be very exciting to unveil in the future.”
Written by Steven Chen
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Is the Tesla Cybertruck Truly Revolutionary?