Tesla unveiled its pickup truck at an event near its design studio in Southern California Thursday night.
Here’s the basic info on the truck.
BLADE RUNNER DESIGN
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the all-electric pickup will be called the Cybertruck. It’s design was inspired by the Blade Runner film. It uses an ultra-hard, cold-rolled stainless exoskeleton instead of a traditional body on frame construction.
The automaker said the first deliveries will come in late 2021. But Tesla typically takes years from concept debut to production and sales of its new models. It frequently encounters development and production delays.
The Model 3 sedan, for example, debuted in 2016. The first Model 3s rolled off the line in small numbers 18 months later.
The base model starts at $39,900. The mid-range dual motor model is $49,900 and the tri-motor begins at $69,900. The prices are without any incentives. Tesla has lost eligibility for the federal EV tax credit because it hit the sales cap. But its vehicles still can qualify for state and local credits and rebates in some areas.
The average starting price for a full-size pickup truck is around $30,000, which is about $10,000 less than the Cybertruck’s starting price. But they typically sell for far more. The average transaction price of a full-size pickup is approximately $45,000, according to automotive research firm J.D. Power.
Rivian’s R1T electric truck is expected to start around $69,000 when it goes on sale in late 2020. Ford has already announced plans for a hybrid and all-electric F-150 pickup model. Its hybrid truck will go on sale in 2020. Ford has not provided a timeline for the F-150 EV.
Musk has boasted that the forthcoming Tesla pickup will compete with the Ford F-150 and the Porsche 911. “It’ll be a better truck than an equivalent F-150 and a better sports car than a standard 911,” he said.
The base single motor model is Tesla-rated with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just under 6.5 seconds.
The dual-motor model trims 2 seconds off that for a 0-60 sprint of under 4.5 seconds.
The tri-motor scorches the pavement with a 2.9-second time for a 0-60 run.
Tesla will offer the truck in three battery configurations. The base model will deliver 250 miles, Musk said. The midrange model will go 350 miles. And the top-of-the-line Cybertruck will deliver 500 miles.
Tesla has not yet provided horsepower and torque ratings. The truck will have three motor configurations. The lowest price will have a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive system. Next comes a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain. The truck will top out with a triple motor, all-wheel-drive model.
The single-motor model can tow 7,500 pounds, the dual-motor 10,000 pounds and the tri-motor 14,000 pounds. The trucks can handle a 3,500-pound payload. Tesla did not provide information about how towing and payload will affect the range of the truck.
The truck will seat six occupants. It has a 6.5-foot bed and 100 cubic-feet of cargo volume.
The Cybertruck measures 19.3 feet in length. It is 6.6 feet tall and 6.25 feet wide.
All three models have up to 16 inches of ground clearance and short front and rear overhangs, with a 35-degree approach angle and 28-degree departure angle – for improved ability to clamber over rocks, stumps and other objects.
Adaptable air suspension is standard and can raise or lower the Cybertruck up to 4 inches from its standard ride height.
The truck will have power take-off to run 110- and 240-volt power tools
A 17-inch touchscreen – a Tesla signature – serves as the information, entertainment and control center.
Tesla’s AutoPilot suite of driver assistance systems is standard.
Owners can cover the bed with a lockable tonneau that stores on-board.
There is additional storage under the second-row seats.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the November 21, 2019 reveal of the Tesla truck. Writer John O’Dell contributed to this report.