Cybertruck debuts to cheers and boos

It’s two years later than intended, but Tesla made its first deliveries of the Cybertruck to retail customers yesterday. Public reaction ranged from cheers to boos. Some people loved it, while most couldn’t get past the radical styling. 

Like Ford’s Lightning and Chevy’s Silverado EV, pricing for the Cybertruck is coming in significantly higher than initial announcements from the company. The base RWD version will have a starting price of just under $61,000 before destination charges and any incentives. But that truck won’t be available until 2025. 

The first versions to launch next year are the AWD model which starts at roughly $ 80 grand and the Cybertruck, which comes in just shy of $100,000. No word on battery sizes just yet, but the RWD model has an estimated 250 miles of range, will do 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, and can tow up to 7,500 pounds. 

AWD bumps range up to 340 miles and towing to 11,000 pounds and drops 0-60 to 4.1 seconds. The 845-horsepower tri-motor Cybertruck has 320 miles of range, will do 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, and also has 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. 

When Tesla first announced the Cybertruck, it said it would have over 500 miles of range. But to get close to that figure, it’s also offering a range extender, which is an additional battery pack that takes up about ⅓ of the Cybertruck’s bed. It’s estimated to boost the range of the AWD model to over 470 miles and the Cybertruck to over 440 miles. 

Elon Musk says this is intended for long trips or when towing. One of the most important aspects of the Cybertruck that I think too many people are glossing over is that Tesla switched to a 48-volt system for its power electronics, meaning things like headlights and interior components. A system like this allows you to send a lot more power to those electronics without raising the current, which means you can use much thinner and lighter wiring. 

It’s estimated that Tesla could cut the amount of wiring in the Cybertruck by 70%. Another first for the company is bidirectional charging. This includes the ability to send power to your home or another EV, which can also be done through a set of plugs in the bed that put out up to 9.6 kW of power. Rounding out the highlights of the Cybertruck are a new steer-by-wire system and 4WS. When trucks finally hit customer hands we will get more comments.

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