Tech & Science Tesla debuts futuristic new electric pickup Cybertruck to applause and derision
Tesla is about to unveil its pickup truck — here's everything you need to know
Tesla will unveil its pickup truck, which CEO Elon Musk has called the "Cybertruck," on Thursday in the Los Angeles area. The event will begin at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will likely be streamed on Tesla's YouTube page and website, though the electric-car maker did not respond to Business Insider's request for confirmation on if, or how, it will stream the event. Tesla plans to roll out the pickup truck after its Model Y SUV, which is set to enter production next summer. Musk has made a number of bold claims about the pickup truck's capabilities, like saying it will be able to tow 300,000 pounds.
It looks a little like a Mars rover, or a stainless steel triangle on wheels.
But it is definitely like no other pickup truck you’ve seen before. And it lit up social media late Thursday during its unveiling with some deriding it as ugly -- and others loving its futuristic style.
Tesla unveils electric pickup truck, futuristic design ignites controversy
Tesla Inc on Thursday unveiled its first electric pickup truck that looked like a futuristic angular armored vehicle in gunmetal gray, as the California company took aim at the heart of Detroit automakers' profits.Nov 21 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Thursday unveiled its first electric pickup truck that looked like a futuristic angular armored vehicle in gunmetal gray, as the California company took aim at the heart of Detroit automakers' profits.
Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled the Cybertruck, the company's new pickup, at a typically grand event and is already letting consumers sign up to buy and put down deposits on it even though the Cybertruck won’t be on the road until late 2021.
In 2012, Musk mentioned he wanted to one day build a pickup truck. That day has come.
Size-wise, the all-electric Cybertruck is on par with a Ford F-150. But Musk claims his truck is nearly indestructible. On stage, it was hit with a sledgehammer. Not a dent. Musk, who claims his truck is actually bulletproof to small arms fire, showed pictures of the truck’s door hit with a 9 mm bullet.
"I'’s ultra-hard, cold-rolled, stainless steel alloy that we’ve developed," Musk told invited guests at the reveal at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, California. "We going to be using the same alloy in the Starship rocket."
Tesla falls after its Cybertruck's shatterproof windows break in a live demonstration
Tesla revealed its electric truck, called the Cybertruck, in a live event Thursday. During a demonstration, two "armour glass" windows were smashed by a metal ball. Shares fell as much as 4.1% in early trading Friday after the event.Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company would fix the problem "in post."Watch Tesla trade live on Markets Insider.Tesla is cracking under pressure, much like the windows on its electric truck.Shares of the electric-vehicle company fell as much as 4.1% in early trading Friday after it revealed its electric truck, called the Cybertruck, in a live event Thursday evening.
Musk claims the Cybertruck will be able to tow 14,000 pounds, even outperforming an F-150 in a tug-of-war contest.
Musk promised his truck will get between 250 and 500 miles per charge and will go 0 to 60 mph in an unparalleled 2.9 seconds. Performance will be based on the model chosen. Plus, there will be an optional all-terrain vehicle that can be charged by loading it into the back of the Cybertruck.
The basic starting price will be just under $40,000. The price goes up to close to $70,000 with optional upgrades.
Tesla’s announcement came on the eve of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show. At the show, just about every large automaker is showing off new electric vehicles. Some, including Toyota and Hyundai, are revealing planned electric SUVs. But no major manufacturer has waded into electric pickups yet.
The most-direct competition to Tesla from a large automaker appears to be Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, which looks a bit like a Tesla Model X crossover.
Gamblers are betting a Ford F-150 will beat the Tesla Cybertruck in a tug-of-war rematch .
Some bettors are siding with Ford in an anticipated tug-of-war between its F-150 and Tesla's Cybertruck. The gambling website MyBookie listed the F-150 as the favourite, at -120, as of Friday morning, while the Cybertruck was listed at +100. During Tesla's Cybertruck unveiling on November 21, the electric-car maker showed a video of the Cybertruck beating an F-150 in a tug-of-war. After a Ford executive and the famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson raised questions about Tesla's video, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would film a new test next week.