Tesla Unveils its Cybertruck an Extraordinary $40,000 Electric Pickup Truck

I doesn’t look like anything else. At the crossroads of the Citroën BX and Batman begins’ Batmobile, like a DeLorean that would have been passed through Minecraft’s minimalist mill,

the Cybertruck is the ideal vehicle to take you into a post-apocalyptic world like the Blade Runner with its pure angular lines in matt stainless steel, its almost foolproof armour and its bucket capable of carrying a quad and a barbecue.

Unveiled on the night of November 21-22 by Elon Musk at a futuristic show in Hawthorne, California, this massive electric machine with a timeless cyberpunk look is the first pickup in the American manufacturer Tesla’s catalogue, which targets the highly lucrative market for light commercial vehicles, the most popular car in the United States in 40 years.

The result of six years of development, the Cybertruck promises to withstand all the hardships of our time and those of tomorrow thanks to a cold-rolled stainless steel alloy similar to that used for SpaceX rockets,

the space company of which Elon Musk is also the CEO. On the stage at Tesla’s design centre, neither mass blows nor steel ball throws were able to overcome it.

The glazing would be able to bounce 9-millimeter bales, which the demonstration was not entirely able to confirm on Thursday.

Despite its imposing silhouette (6 metres by 2 and 2 metres high), the Cybertruck is as fast as a Porsche 911, capable of driving at almost 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds in its most advanced configuration.

Available in three models, it will sell for $39,900 with a single electric motor and 400 kilometres of range for the entry-level model and up to $69,900 with a triple electric motor and 800 kilometres of range for the upper model. It is not expected to leave Tesla’s factories until late 2021.

The radical design of the vehicle, which contrasts with the rounded lines of current pickups, has given rise to many jokes and even mockery on social networks.

Aware of the risk involved in this bold bias, Elon Musk told the American specialist site ReCode that he could build a more conventional utility vehicle in the future if it did not meet the expected success.

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