a brief history of Cybertruck

On November 22, 2019, at 12 a.m. Pacific Time (November 21, 8 p.m. Pacific Time), Tesla held the launch of the latest model Cybertruck at Hawthorne, spaceX, in Los Angeles. This is the eighth model to be released since Tesla was founded in 2003, following the Roadster, Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y, Semi Truck and Roadster 2.

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The earliest news of Tesla’s attempt to build an electric pickup goes back to 2012, not long after the Model S was released (June 22, 2012), and Musk responded to a tweet saying, “I’m also very keen to build a Tesla Super pickup with crazy torque, dynamic air suspension and unimagined handling.” That would be great. “

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Musk barely mentioned the Tesla pickup until 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on June 11 this year, when Tesla held a shareholder meeting in which he mentioned the release of an electric pickup truck called Cybertruck later this summer.

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Just a week after cybertruck broke, on June 18, a Youtuber named Simone Giertz released a video of a Tesla pickup truck in the pipeline, claiming she wanted a Tesla pickup truck a long time ago, but was too slow to release it. So he bought the Model 3 and converted it into a Tesla pickup truck, TRUCKLA. The video has sparked curiosity among Tesla and pickup enthusiasts around the world, with nearly 10 million broadcasts today.

Cybertruck Eve

Shortly after Musk’s release of Cybertruck at the shareholder meeting, a flurry of information came out.

“Tesla pickups will be stronger than other pickups. Our goal is to have a pickup that is better than the Ford F150 and, in terms of sport performance, better than the basic Porsche 911, which is our desire. “

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“We don’t want Cybertruck to be too expensive. Prices will start at less than $50,000, at least around $49,000, and would ideally be even lower. Cybertruck’s price won’t be too high for users to afford, otherwise it won’t make sense. There will certainly be more expensive versions, but for users, they must be able to spend $49,000 or less to buy a great (Tesla) pickup. “

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“The Tesla pickup will have a power outlet and even use high-powered appliances (240V) throughout the day, eliminating the need to carry a portable generator. “

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The news has left many Tesla or pickup enthusiasts happy to draw a lot of look guesses based on just one rendered image.

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However, Musk responded in an October 13 tweet: “Cybertruck is not like the renderings circulating around the web, Cybertruck is more like an armored vehicle from the future.” “

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(Musk responds to netizens’ questions about Cybertruck’s appearance)

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(Netizens speculate about the future armored vehicles)

Speculation about Cybertruck isn’t limited to appearance, with all the speculation about its performance, functionality, space, and even new battery technology, and even third-party parts plants have begun to build trailer battery packs and trailer kinetic energy recycling systems for them. Now, we finally don’t have to play the “you draw I guess” game, all dust settled.

Cybertruck was probably for Mars.

The launch was delayed for a few minutes for some reason, and the opening process was like a Cyberpunk movie, and the music mobilized everyone’s curiosity.

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The smoke went off, Musk took the stage, and everyone was waiting for him to release the real Cybertruck. Musk first repeated his promise on the big screen five months ago, then highlighted why Tesla wanted to build a “very different” pickup truck, which has been around for more than 100 years.

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Then the scene of the launch was dim, Cybertruck drove out of the backstage to the cheers of the crowd, and then the reaction of the audience on stage became a little strange as the vehicle’s appearance became clearer and clearer.

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Because, I’m afraid no one thought, Musk will be so “serious” to deliver on his promise, saying that armored vehicles of the future are almost identical to armored vehicles.

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Not only was the audience a little stunned, but most of the viewers watching the live broadcast were in the comments: “Is this a joke or something?” “Everyone was scared by the look. Musk, however, doesn’t seem to have the intention of ending the joke, as he, as a child, laughs from his own and begins to introduce Cybertruck’s features.

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In terms of size, 5885mm in length, 2027mm wide, 1908mm high, and 1981mm in the pickup trunk, is a “monster”. Musk went on to say that the vast majority of pickups are non-carrying bodies, and that Cybertruck uses neither a non-carrying body nor a load-bearing body, a “exoskeleton-like” structure similar to the spacecraft’s technology, which results in weight loss, with some of Tesla ‘filling in the body strength.

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Musk had the main designer, Franz von Holzhausen (Model S/X 3, Semi Truck, Roadster 2), pick up the sledgehammer and hammer it a few times on the regular door, which was completely dented. The same operation followed on Cybertruck, where not only were there no dents, but the scratches were not.

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(Cybertruck test on the left and normal body on the right)

Musk didn’t seem to be playing enough, saying California couldn’t shoot at the scene, so he played a 9mm handgun shooting video to show that Cybertruck also had bulletproof capabilities.

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Before that, Musk asked the staff to use a small steel ball at a height of about 30 cm free fall, hitting the glass of the ordinary car, of course, the glass is broken directly. The staff then used two large steel balls to hit the glass used by Cybertruck at different heights, unscathed.

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Then, at Musk’s request, Musk hit the window glass with a baseball pose, but it didn’t penetrate the glass, but it also shattered the glass, leaving a circular shock dent. At this point, the field is almost quiet, and everyone seems to be beginning to believe that everything that happened earlier was Musk joking.

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Musk, however, still didn’t mean to close, and began publishing details of Cybertruck’s performance. The payload is 3500lbs (about 1587kg), has a tow capacity of 14,000lbs (about 6350kg) and shows off a “tug-of-war” with the F150.

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After a brief cheer, Musk continued to talk about Cybertruck’s performance parameters. The 0-60-mile acceleration time is 2.9s, 1/4-mile acceleration is 10.8 seconds, and shows a straight-line acceleration video with the base version of the Porsche 911.

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Next up for off-road, Cybertruck has a near angle of 35 degrees and a departure angle of 28 degrees, with adaptive air suspension (standard), which Musk calls off-road performance excellent.

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For the rest, different versions of Cybertruck range from 250 miles (about 402 plus km) to 500 plus miles (805 plus km), supporting charging speeds of up to 250kW. The vehicle will be “promised” with an on-board 110V/220V power outlet, as well as an air compressor, as well as a standard AP system.

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Finally, for the price, the lowest single motor version starts at $39,900, the dual motor is $49,900 and the three-motor high is $69,900.

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When the price was announced, Musk hesitated as he prepared to leave. The audience shouted: “One more thing!” “But instead of driving a genuine Cybertruck out of the backoffice, as you might expect, the story pulls out of an ATV from the back office.”

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At the same time downplayed the air suspension intelligent drop function, and The ATV in the trunk through Cybertruck charging function, and then the entire launch is over, the media can test drive after.

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Pickup, a car that Chinese less understandable, has been selling well in North America for more than three decades. One of the u.S. models topped the list of all u.S. models for years , the Ford F150, which is why Musk has previously compared Cybertruck to the Ford F150.

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The author overtook the U.S. model sales rankings for nearly 10 years, and in the top 10, pickups can occupy 4 to 5 positions. For example, in the first three quarters of this year, all the top three were pickup models, with the Ford F150 selling one every 35 seconds on average.

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(2019 U.S. Model Sales Rankings)

Speaking of the rise of pickup stakes more than 30 years ago, because of the forced installation of catalytic converters, pickups became a performance “loophole”, so pickups began to gradually enter the market. Later, because of America’s geography and life culture, the ability to drag and space, so that Americans choose pickup truck became a way of life. For every five cars sold in the United States in 2012, one is a car, and now only one in every 10 cars.

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It was based on the American people’s love of pickups and their constant styling that allowed Musk to enter the market. But some of the people who have the best hope for Cybertruck come from those who love pickups, and a larger part of them are working and living using pickups, carrying tools to the construction site that are more practical than SUVs and other models.

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That’s why Cybertruck’s debut surprised many people, not only by not creating it in the imagination of “sci-fi comforts”, but even as Cybertruck’s exaggerated styling has deterred many pickup enthusiasts.

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(Electric pickup racer Rivian, starting at $69,000, underperforming Tesla, but with better exterior)

Although Musk has said that Tesla Cybertruck is not a “cup for everyone” (for everyone), it seems that this time Musk is almost “crazy”, even if the Cybertruck caused Tesla controversy without selling. It is likely that the “positive impact” of the Q3 results will be wiped out, raising questions about Mr Musk’s ability to “make money”.

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(Electric pickup Bollinger, priced from $100,000, hardman style, similar performance, very ample storage space)

Tesla says mass production won’t be available until the end of 2022, and is Musk really a pickup truck for “Going to Mars,” but Tesla can determine the timing and quantity of production by order count, or even if it doesn’t. At the end of the day, Cyberpunk is very popular, but at present it is limited to playing games, watching movies and tv, if really brought to life, do not know how many people can really accept.

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But the author feels that buy not to buy is not important, but really sci-fi … In addition, the on-board power interface also means that with 100-degree power of the energy package to move everywhere … And most importantly, it seems that all the things Musk promised in five months, not only achieved, or even exceeded, the author felt that this matter is the most “horrible” …

“That’s what I’m talking about ‘hard’ style pickups, hey hey” – Musk

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