Musk: Tesla electric pickup inspired by Lotus Sports Car Lotus S1 Esprit

On November 22nd, according tomedia reports, Tesla has just released its first electric pickup, Cybertruck. Before the announcement, Elon Musk, the company’s chief executive, tweeted that the pickup was inspired in part by James Bond’s film The Spy Who Underwater Me) used in the super Lotus S1 Esprit.

Musk: Tesla electric pickup inspired by Lotus Sports Car Lotus S1 Esprit

Tesla Electric Pickup

Musk bought the car in 2013 for $860,000. The car has been on display in Tesla’s design studio ever since. In 2016, there were reports that Musk wanted to build an amphibious vehicle based on Lotus Spirit.

In addition to the pickup’s design inspiration, Musk also tweeted that the supercharged version of its electric pickup would be the official vehicle for Mars.

At noon today, Tesla officially unveiled its first electric pickup, Cybertruck. The pickup, which is 5.88 meters long, 2.03 meters wide and 1.93 meters high, has six seats and a range of between 250 miles (402 kilometers) and 500 miles (804.7 kilometers) and sells for $399,000 ($280,000), according to information released at the launch.

Tesla today unveiled three versions of the electric pickup, namely, the single-motor rear-wheel-drive version, the dual-motor all-wheel drive version and the three-motor all-wheel drive version.

The single-motor rear-wheel drive version has a range of 250 miles (402 km), The speed from 0 to 60 miles (96.6 km) takes 6.5 seconds and is priced at $399,000; the dual-motor all-wheel drive version has a range of 300 miles (482.8 km) after a full charge, 4.5 seconds from 0 to 60 miles, and the 3-motor all-wheel drive version has a range of $499,000. The 500-mile, or 804.7-kilometer, acceleration from 0 to 60 miles was also shortened to 2.9 seconds at a price of $699,000.

All three versions are currently available for booking, with the 3-motor rear-wheel drive version expected to start production by the end of 2022 and the other two versions expected to start production in 2021.

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