The Tesla Cybertruck: What You Need to Know


Blane Stoddart III, Staff Writer

Tesla, the all-electric auto company based in Palo Alto, California is now taking orders for its first truck. Production is expected to begin in late 2021, according to Tesla’s web page, but the company has already released details about the truck’s design and capabilities.

For those who may not know about the company’s trucking ambitions, here’s what you need to know.

First, this vehicle is almost like a tank. This truck’s “exoskeleton”  is made from armor glass and the same stainless steel alloy which you could mostly likely find on space rockets—likely making the vehicle very safe and resistant to dents and bumps.

The truck can carry immense loads: it can hold 3,500 pounds and tow 14,000 pounds. For comparison, a Ford F-150 truck (used as representation of average diesel truck) has a payload capacity of 3,270 pounds and towing capacity of 12,200 pounds. 

One of the most praised aspects of the vehicle is the size of the interior, which offers plenty of space for passengers and generous cargo space. The Cybertruck offers 100 cubic feet of cargo storage, significantly more than the 77.4 cubic feet offered by the Ford-150.

The two trucks have similar dimensions, but the all-electric Cybertruck doesn’t have to fit a large combustion engine like a typical diesel vehicle.

For an additional $7,000, customers can choose to include a self-driving feature in the truck. The Tesla Autopilot system can handle lane centering, cruise control, self parking, and can even allow the truck to drive itself out of a garage without a driver in the car.

Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla, has stated that the company has already received over 200,000 orders for the upcoming vehicle. The base price for the standard model of the car will be $39,900. Production for the more expensive models ($49,900 and $69,900) is expected to begin in 2021, with production for the $39,900 model beginning in 2022.

All in all, the cybertruck offers a peak at a new direction for the future of electric vehicles that can carry more than just people.