Elon Musk has recently said that the Cybertruck production ramp will be difficult as the vehicle is full of new technologies and bells and whistles.
This was a bit disappointing to hear for those of us who can’t wait to get our hands on the all-electric truck. However, given the number of new features coming to the truck, it’s understandable.
To list a few of the new technologies coming with the Cybertruck, the all-electric truck is the first vehicle to launch with only a 48-volt low-volt architecture. The Cybertruck is also the first vehicle in the world to be designed from the ground up to take advantage of Tesla’s next-generation 4680 cells and a structural battery pack.
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Yes, Tesla has been utilizing the 4680 cells and a structural battery pack on the now discontinued Model Y AWD but, this version of the Model Y shares a lot of components with the 2170 cell non-structural battery pack variant of the vehicle.
Tesla executives referring to the Model Y AWD’s architecture have said in the past that “It gets a “C” in an “A” architecture” referring to the fact that the vehicle wasn’t built from the ground up to take advantage of the structural battery pack.
Other new technologies coming with the Cybertruck include the fact that the truck is the first volume production Tesla vehicle to feature an 800-volt high-voltage architecture.
The Cybertruck according to Elon Musk also features the highest ground clearance of any vehicle in its segment and has an adaptive air suspension that can rise and drop by a full 14 inches between its highest and lowest settings.
These are only the features we’ve gotten confirmation on however, the vehicle appears to be full of new technologies “under the hood” including a heat pump 2.0 system and many more changes.
And all this is in addition to the Cybertruck’s 30X cold-rolled ultra-hard stainless steel exoskeleton. The truck’s exoskeleton was recently put to the test by JRE host Joe Rogan who as a result of a $1 bet with Elon Musk shot an arrow at close range onto the side of the truck.
The Cybertruck’s exoskeleton shattered the arrowhead into pieces upon impact. In addition to arrows, Musk has also revealed that Tesla has unloaded the drum magazine of a Tommy gun, a shotgun, and a 9mm handgun onto the Cybertruck with none of them being able to breach the passenger compartment.
All these new features and technologies are certainly exciting however, one highly practical new feature we haven’t yet mentioned is the fact that the Cybertruck is the first Tesla to come standard with 4-wheel steering.
The Cybertruck’s 4-wheel steering is so good that Musk has previously said that the Cybertruck will have a smaller turning radius than even a Model Y. This is incredible to think about given the fact that the Cbyertruck is a significantly bigger vehicle than the Model Y.
Tesla has been spotted testing the Cybertruck’s 4-wheel steering in various environments. A release Cybertruck has been spotted utilizing 4-wheel steering to maneuver out of a tight parking space.
More impressively, Elon Musk was personally spotted utilizing 4-wheel steering to efficiently extricate himself from an overly enthusiastic crowd that had gathered around him to witness a first-of-its-kind white interior Cybertruck.
All the instances the Cybertruck was spotted utilizing its 4-wheel steering have been impressive. However, a new drone footage by Joe Tegtmeyer might have captured the most impressive use of the Cybertruck’s 4-wheel steering system.
In his most recent Giga Texas drone flyover, Joe was able to capture a Cybertruck prototype testing out on a construction dirt road next to the factory.
Did you know Cybertruck can Crab Walk/Drive?
Check out this SHORT video from Giga Texas testing out this Crab Walking capability!
In the video Joe shared on X, you can see the Cybertruck utilizing 4-wheel steering to crabwalk sideways on the dirt road. If you happen to be unfamiliar, crab walking on vehicles refers to a car being able to drive sideways by turning all 4-wheels in the same direction.
A feature like this might be too gimmicky for small vehicles however, for a truck as big as the Cybertruck, this feature will undoubtedly come in handy, especially in the context of trying to fit in tight parking spots, off-roading on challenging terrain or generally trying to maneuver in tight spaces.
This on its own is remarkable however, what’s even more exciting is that crab walking is not a feature that Tesla has advertised for the Cybertruck. This means, the Cybertruck, even after countless leaks and rumors still has more exciting features.
Currently, given the top-down view of the video, it’s difficult to say how good the Cybertruck’s crab walking feature is. 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 a Cybertruck crab walking in Giga Texas? Do you think this feature is at all useful? Let me 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.