Tesla announces reveal date for ‘Cybertruck,’ an electric pick-up that’s better than a Porsche 911
Today, Elon Musk announced that Tesla’s next vehicle, the long-anticipated ‘Cybertruck,’ will be officially unveiled on November 21st.
The reveal event should take place at Tesla’s Design Center in Los Angeles, near SpaceX headquarters and the Hawthorne Municipal Airport.
Musk made the announcement on Twitter, five days after announcing he would take a Twitter hiatus.
Elon Musk (pictured above) announced on Twitter that the long-anticipated Tesla pickup truck, nicknamed ‘Cybertruck,’ will be unveiled on November 21st
The idea for a Tesla pickup dates back to 2013, when Musk mentioned wanting to compete against Ford’s F-150 line of trucks, according to The Verge.
This summer, Musk said the prototype version of the Tesla pickup was ‘the coolest car I’ve ever seen, to be frank.’
Musk said the design Is heavily influenced by science fiction, and in particular the 1982 movie Blade Runner.
After announcing the date, Musk cryptically tweeted that the November 21st date was ‘strangely familiar’ along with a YouTube link to score to Blade Runner’s opening title sequence.
Musk broke his self-imposed Twitter hiatus after just five days to make the announcement about the ‘Cybertruck’ unveiling
Musk also tweeted a link to the score for the opening credits of ‘Blade Runner’ following the announcement tweet, in reference to one of the project’s major inspirations
The truck was originally set to be revealed in September, but the event was later delayed.
Musk has said he wants to keep the price to around $50,000, with a range of between 400 and 500 miles.
‘We’re trying to create something new and it’s, it’s not just basically a copy of the form factor of everything else,’ he told Tesla shareholders in June.
‘But you still want it to be great. It’s very hard. This is a very hard thing.’
In 2017, Tesla revealed the Tesla Semi, the company’s first electric semi-truck, which might offer some general hints about the pickup design
In September, Ford announced it was also working on developing a line of electric pickups.
In 2020, the company said it would release a hybrid version of its F-150 truck, and promised a full electric model ‘wont be too far after that.’
GM also announced plans to develop electric pickups but offered little insight into how or when.
WHAT IS TESLA’S PICKUP TRUCK?
Elon Musk has revealed new details of the firms planned pickup truck – and asked customers what they want to see in the eagerly anticipated vehicle.
Last year, Musk confirmed that the car would be Tesla’s next vehicle after the upcoming release of the Model Y.
Now, more details of the plans have been revealed.
‘Tesla Truck will have dual motor all-wheel drive with crazy torque and a suspension that dynamically adjusts for the load,’ Musk confirmed.
Musk also said that the dual motor powertrain is going to be standard, like it is with Model S and Model X, along with the dynamic suspension.
He is also considering having the back wheels of the car turn, based on a Twitter suggestion.
Elon Musk has revealed new details of the firms planned pickup truck – and asked customers what they want to see in the eagerly anticipated vehicle
It will be equipped with Tesla’s autopilot, and Musk said that it was a smaller version of Tesla Semi and ‘a pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck.’
He also said the truck will parallel park automatically and be equipped with a 3609 degree camera and sonar.
Musk previously said the pickup would probably be slightly bigger than a Ford F-150 and hinted it could be based on the upcoming Model Y.
Tesla has mainly focused on producing passenger cars over the past decade but has branched out in recent years, including investing in battery production.
Musk has previously hinted that a pickup model was due.
In a message on Twitter last year, he said: ‘I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.
‘Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.’