Tesla is moving forward with the long-awaited launch of its Cybertruck electric pickup.
The boxy vehicle is Tesla’s first new model since 2020, when it began delivering the Model Y. However, the Cybertruck’s first debut predates that moment; Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed an early version of the pickup in a memorable 2019 event, when it accidentally broke two windows while trying to demonstrate the strength of the Cybertruck.
Here we answer some of the questions that we think an intrepid explorer like you might ask (err… type in a search bar) about Tesla’s Cybertruck, including details on the car’s specs, availability and design ahead of the first car loads. The shipment comes alongside a live-streamed Tesla event Thursday that will begin the car’s journey to success, or failure.
What is Cybertruck?
The Cybertruck is a steel-clad electric pickup truck made by Tesla. According to Musk, the vehicle will measure less than 19 feet long and have a bed that is more than six feet long. It has four doors and room for six adults.
Tesla shared the Cybertruck specs in 2019, promising three variants of the car. That includes a $39,900 single-motor version with rear-wheel drive and a 250-mile range. But it was a long time ago, figuratively speaking. At least one variant has been reported to weigh like a Hummer.
Until that point, unknowns about the final production vehicle (by November 29, 2023) include price range, battery range options, weight, towing capacity options and long-term delivery schedule.
Why does Cybertruck look like that?
Also called Cybrtrk for an early one trademark, the Cybertruck name, neon logo and exterior evoke a kind of cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic aesthetic. Why? Because Elon Musk wants to.
The electric pickup is made of steel, a hard material that resists rust but is difficult to shape. The stiffness of the material influences the clear geometric design of the EV; it also led to launch delay and panel gaps of Cybertruck test vehicles.
Is the Cybertruck sold out?
Tesla expects mass product Cybertrucks debut in 2024, but unless you’re a wealthy early adopter with special connections to Tesla, securing a Cybertruck won’t be easy You have to queue behind the people who reserved the truck in 2019.
That said, you can jump ahead for a price: Cybertruck’s obvious reservations appeared on eBay for $10,000. Proceed with caution. I’m not sure how easy it is to verify if the offers are legitimate, and Musk has threatened to punish resellers in the past.
Can I sell my Cybertruck?
It’s really Tesla threatened with punishment early Cybertruck resellers, but it appears to have reversed the previously published rules in a November 2023 update to the US order agreement page. The rules previously stated that Cybertruck customers could not sell their vehicles in their first year of ownership without permission from Tesla. The rules also say the company will seek $50,000 in damages from early resellers. But such language is missing from that particular page, at least for now.
Can I fit a bike in the bed of the Cybertruck?
That depends on the size of the bike and how you store it. As far as we can tell, You may need a wheel that hangs from the tailgate.
Elon Musk has promised that Cybertrucks will have beds longer than six feet. From the end of one wheel to the other end of the other, adult bicycles are usually longer than six feet. (On a related note, the city of Los Angeles recommends bike parking spaces of at least six feet tallas South Carolina did Palmetto Cycling Coalition. Regardless, it’s a tight fit.)
A motorcycle might be trickier. It’s not a Silverado.
Is Cybertruck climate friendly?
In general, electric cars the better for the climate than their gas-guzzling counterparts, because they have no tailpipe emissions. However, all cars are dirty. That includes consumer EVs, because they need them lithiumrelease tire particles into the air and require more energy than more efficient means of getting around, such as public transit, cycling and walking. Mining of battery material also involved in the exploitation of the worker.
What about the size of the Cybertruck? Experts have raised a red flag over the ballooning size and weight of US cars Usually require extra large vehicles more energy, and thus more battery material, which increases their environmental cost. As far as collisions go, bigger and heavier vehicles not very safe for everyone around themespecially pedestrians.
Among EVs, vehicles with small batteries usually better for the environment.
We still have a lot of questions and we expect Tesla to share more details during the November 30 delivery. How does the Cybertruck compare to other Teslas? What about electric pickups from the competition, including Ford or GMC? When will Tesla release the cheaper, single-motor Cybertruck variant it promised back in 2019? Check back for updates as we learn more.