Elon Musk may be happy to compare Tesla’s Cybertruck to the best-selling Ford F-150, according tomedia reports, but a new document from the carmaker shows that this is not the “same kind of duel” the electric pickup. It is reported that the car will not be put into production until the second half of 2022 at the earliest and did not stop consumers from snapping up it.
It is reported that consumers who want to order this car will need to pay a deposit of $100, of course, if you do not want to return the deposit.
Unsurprisingly, Tesla is optimistic about Cybertruck’s performance. The cheapest of these models is expected to carry a 3,500-pound payload and support 7,500-pound towing, while the three-motor AWD version of the towing weight is expected to increase to 14,000 pounds. On the face of it, it’s very competitive with the Ford F-150.
Cybertruck is not a 2a pickup truck.
The problem is that the F-150 won’t actually be Cybert’s natural competitor, at least as Tesla’s recent filing with the California Air Resources Board shows. The letter, sent on December 9th by Sarah Van Cleve, Tesla’s senior management policy adviser, focused on the proposed advanced clean pickup rules. This is the agency’s plan to legislate for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
However, the letter also confirms that, unlike the F-150 and other popular pickups such as the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Tundra, Tesla expects the Cybertruck to be a 2b-3 pickup.
“Although we haven’t started producing Cybertruck yet,” Van Cleve wrote, “we expect its towing capacity to be more than 7,500- to14,000 pounds, which should make it a potentially ‘2B-3’ midsize car.”
In the United States, truck classification is based on the Total Vehicle Weight (GVWR) rating. Ford, Ram, Chevrolet and Toyota are class 2a at 6001-8500 pounds. To be considered a class 2b, the car needs to reach 8501 – 10,000 pounds. The truck classification does not consider the towing capability but only the payload.
Cybetruck vs. Intermediate Pickup
Tesla hasn’t revealed the exact weight of Cybertruck at the moment, but it clearly wants Cybertruck’s GVWR to exceed 8,501 pounds. This means that its real direct competitors will be Ford’s F-250, Ram 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and Nissan Titan XD.
And this comparison is a little different. The Ford F-250, for example, is rated between 13,300 lbs-15,200 lbs, usually two-wheel drive, depending on the engine type. And if you choose a four-wheel drive version with SuperCab, you’ll probably see 20,000 pounds of drag.
At the same time, for payloads, this depends on the cab form, cargo box length and drivetrain. With the SuperCab and two-wheel drive drive drive, the payload will reach 3,770 pounds or more.
Smaller Cybertruck seems to be a better idea.
Even before Cybertruck was in production, the car company’s CEO was already talking about the pickup series, not just a model. Musk has hinted that, as Tesla’s first pickup, it could be a smaller version.
This will be in more direct competition with Ford’s F-150 and other models in the current pickup market. Or, more accurately, the battle between the two will only really begin when the all-electric pickups promised by Ford, Chevrolet and others finally hit the market.