Tesla has finally started delivering the first 10 out of 1000 “Foundation Series” Cybertrucks to customers. In addition, during the delivery event and shortly there thereafter, we learned a lot about the final specs of the vehicle.
Currently, we know that the Cybertruck will come with a “range extender” battery pack that increases the truck’s range from 370 miles to 470. Elon Musk has provided more detail on how this “range extender” will work.
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A couple of hours following the delivery event, we also saw Tesla launch two new Cybertruck colors – satin black and satin white – which cost an extra $6,500.
We’ve also seen Tesla’s top executive team thoroughly testing the Cybertruck’s “shatter-resistant” glass outside of the delivery event. Tesla’s head of vehicle engineering, Lars Moravy has confirmed that the Cybertruck is capable of 350KW V4 supercharging that can charge the truck from 15% to 85% in 18 minutes.
In addition to Tesla, Cybertruck tests are also underway by reviewers that pitted the all-electric truck against the Rivian R1T and Hummer EV. Hours after the Cybrtruck started deliveries, we also witnessed the vehicle break the speed record for pickup trucks.
The Cybertruck has also found its way to MKBHD. Tesla’s VP of Investor Relations has defended MKBHD’s Cybertruck review against comments that the tech YouTuber should stay in his lane and production quality concerns.
The internet currently appears to be choked full of Cybertruck reviews and comments and we can not be more excited.
However, although the truck has started customer deliveries, Tesla appears to still be doing Cybertruck tests. And this is exactly what a new spy shot of Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory has shown.
In the video taken from afar, you can see a Cybertruck carrying what appears to be a Toyota Prius on the truck bed. Technically the Cybertruck’s bed is rated to carry 2500lbs which means it can carry the Toyota Prius.
However, when you closely look at the video, the Cybertruck is carrying the Prius not on the truck bed but rather on the tonneau cover. Tesla has demonstrated the durability of the Cybertruck’s tonneau cover by having people stand over it.
However, although sturdy, the Cybertruck tonneau cover is rated to carry 300 lbs. The Prius on the other hand weighs somewhere between 2500 lbs to 3000 lbs depending on the trim.
So what is going on here? From the video, it appears that the Cybertruck is carrying an inflatable Prius replica on the truck bed.
Why on earth would Tesla need to do that? Good question. The inflatable Prius replica appears to be what Tesla uses to test out the automatic emergency braking functionality of its vehicle.
Given the fact that it’s just an inflatable replica, while working out the automatic emergency braking and autopilot features, if there happens to be a crash, it will not cause any damage.
And by carrying the Prius replica across Giga Texas, it appears that Tesla is doing final automatic emergency braking and autopilot testing on the Cybertruck.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve regarding the Cybertruck’s automatic emergency test however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted once we learn more about the test. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Surprised to see a Cybertruck carrying a Toyota Prius on the tonneau cover? Also, what sorts of things do you want to see the all-electric truck carrying given its capabilities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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.