Secrets of the Cybertruck
We've received word that the Tesla 2024 Model year VIN decoder has gone live. In this document that Tesla released, there is a VIN decoder for the Cybertruck and Tesla Semi.
The document says that Tesla has two variants for the Cybertruck:
* Dual motor - standard
* Triple motor - performance
Elon Musk mentioned a while ago that there would be a quad motor Cybertruck, but this isn't going to likely be available any time soon if these two variants are produced and make good sales.
There is also a weight rating given for the Cybertruck (which includes the weight of the Cybertruck including a payload it is carrying):
* Class G - greater than 3,629 kg to 4,082 kg or 8,001-9,000 lbs.
* Class H - greater than 4,082 kg to 4,536 kg or 9,001-10,000 lbs.
The Class G most likely applies to the dual-motor Cybertruck, and the Class H likely applies to the triple-motor Cybertruck.
Let's look at those weight ratings and compare them with existing Tesla vehicles:
* Plaid Model X is 5,390 lbs. I have also read reports online that list it as just over 6,000 lbs.
* Plaid Model S is 4,766 lbs. and I've seen reports that list it at just over 5,000 lbs.
This means the Cybertruck is going to be a bulky video weight more than either of those, at likely 6,500 lbs., and may indeed have a bulky battery. The Model X long range has a 100 kWh and 348 miles of range.
With the extra weight and some aero-dynamic improvements, I think we could see the Cybertruck batter at around 140 kWh for the dual-motor and 180 kWh for the triple-motor. I predict that the dual-motor will have 300 miles of range and the triple-motor will have around 375 miles of range.
I'm looking forward to the actual specs when Tesla releases them.
BREAKING: Tesla 2024 Model year VIN decoder is now live with the NHTSA. In the document is the VIN decoder for the Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi.
The documents states there are two Cybertruck variants:
• Dual Motor – Standard (Designated for Cybertruck)
• Triple Motor –… https://t.co/aULmtyZ3Cf pic.twitter.com/GkoYp6Gd9B
— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) October 20, 2023
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Deliveries and Cost
We know that the Cybertruck delivery event is going to be on November 30th at Tesla's headquarters in Giga Texas. I think the Tesla team is going to be in a major rush for crunch time, and we could see the delivery event pushed back if they aren't able to get everything ready and working.
The cost of the Cybertruck will most likely be this:
* Dual-motor: $69,000
* Triple-motor: $79,000
I have a Cybertruck on order - a triple-motor, with FSD that cost $10,000 at the time of buying it with a $100 non-refundable deposit. More than likely, I will have to cancel my order because I don't have the money to buy it, however, one day, I would like to get one. Maybe I'll come into a windfall of money somehow in the next couple of years while Tesla ramps production.
The Cybertruck is going to come with NACS charging, which is standard on all Tesla vehicles and will be able to be supercharged at any Tesla charging station. It will be interesting to see what the charging speed is at a v4 supercharger as opposed to a v3 supercharger.
I am expecting that the exoskeleton of the Cybertruck is bulletproof, but the windows probably not.
I'm looking forward to the delivery event on November 30th. It's been a long time since Tesla released a new vehicle, and I'm sure the Tesla Cybertruck is going to have improvements and iterations done over time to improve it.
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What do you think about the upcoming Cybertruck? Would you get one?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News. Image Credit, Tesla, Screenshot