At an event held at Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory, the EV maker handed over the first 10 Cybertrucks to customers. Not only that, Tesla also laid out the final specifications of the all-electric truck.
So far, we’ve learned a lot about the Cybertruck including a clarification from Elon Musk about the new “range extender” option which increases the Cybertruck’s EPA estimated range from 340 miles to 470 miles.
A couple of hours after the delivery event, Tesla also launched two new factory colors for the Cybertruck – matte black and satin white which cost an extra $6,500.
The barrage of all the new Cybertruck information yesterday, although exciting, has also meant that some of the finer details of the new truck have been lost amidst the confusion.
One such feature is details regarding the “Foundation Series” Cybertrucks that Tesla delivered at the event. Usually, when a car company starts production of a brand new vehicle, it is customary to offer “Founder’s Series” or “Founder’s Edition” vehicles with a small difference that congratulates the first individuals to buy a certain product.
In the past, Tesla has offered the first 1000 customers of a new product a special paint option or special badging that acknowledges people for being the first to believe in the product.
For the Cybertruck, Tesla appears to have continued with this trend but with a bit of a twist. The first 1000 Cybertrucks rather than being “Founder’s Series” vehicles, are “Foundation Series” vehicles.
The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by prolific sci-fi author Isaac Asimov and happens to be one of Elon Musk’s favorite books.
The Foundation Series books tell the story of an advanced galactic empire that is on the brink of collapse and one man’s attempt to mitigate the eventual calamity.
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So what does this have to do with the Cybertruck? Elon Musk these days have been ringing the alarm on issues he considers are fundamentally threatening civilization and according to Musk these are – low birth rate, artificial intelligence, and the “woke mind virus”.
And the Cybertruck being an ultra tough bulletproof off-roading vehicle that can be recharged using solar power, Musk believes this is the perfect vehicle for the upcoming civilization collapse.
At the delivery event, Musk even went so far as to say “We’re seeing some late civilization vibes, and here at Tesla, we aspire to be leaders in postapocalyptic technology.”
Now that you understand the story behind the “Foundation Series” Cybertrucks and the reason for their existence, what hidden features did Tesla give the vehicle?
As of now, we’ve been able to find 2 distinct Foundation Series insignias that have been spotted on the Cybertrucks handed over to the first owners.
At the right lower part of the Cybertruck’s tailgate, Tesla has added an image of a 3 headed beast. This is in reference to the Cybertruck’s performance mode called “Beast Mode.”
There was Insane, Ludicrous, Plaid, and now Beast Mode. Tesla is looking to differentiate the performance Cybertruck from the rest of the lineup – the All-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive Cybertrucks – that the EV maker has given the performance variant a completely different name.
The performance variant of the Cybertruck rather than being called “Cybertruck Performance” or “Cybertruck Plaid” like the rest of Tesla’s lineup, now, the performance variant of the Cybertruck is called “Cyberbeast” and if you are one of the first 1000 lucky individuals to buy the Cyberbeast, you get a special insignia of a three-headed beast at the bottom of your tailgate.
The second Foundation Series badging is the words “Foundation Series” written in a blocky futuristic font in the middle-top part of the tailgate and on the body panel between the front wheels and driver's door.
What is interesting about this is that on the Cybertruck, Tesla has decided to not put a single Tesla logo on the vehicle. This means that for anyone who happens to not be familiar with the fact that Tesla produces the Cybertruck, the vehicle would appear as though it was produced by “Foundation series”
This is a surprising marketing decision on Tesla’s part, however, given the fact that the Cybertruck has such a unique design, Tesla's decision to not put the company’s logo anywhere in or on the vehicle can be understandable.
Currently, these are all the details we know about the Foundation Series Tesla Cybertruck. However, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more about the all-electric truck. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see the Foundation Series Cybertrucks? Do you agree with Elon Musk’s assessment that the Cybertruck is the best postapocalyptic vehicle? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.