With more than 1.6 million reservations, the Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most anticipated and expected vehicles in the USA, a country widely known for being a staunch lover of pick-ups. A good example is the success that the Ford F-150 Lightning is reaping, which has forced the oval firm to actually double its production capacity in order to meet a high demand for its electric pick-up.
As for Tesla, the expectation for a pickup truck - that looks like nothing we have seen before - is really big: the Cybertruck design has generated much criticism, approval, and now is at last its design has finalized, creating quite a stir among the public. With its angular body, triangular headlights and ultra-modern materials such as stainless steel, the vehicle has become one of the most iconic models of the moment.
Von Holzhausen has also pointed out that the Cybertruck will likely include a yoke steering wheel as standard. It is not clear if, as with the Model S and Model X, a round steering wheel will also be offered as an option for those users who find its characteristic "butterfly" design not so ergonomic.
Tesla has already taken delivery of the 9,000-ton Giga Press that will be used for Cybertruck production, which clearly indicates that the start of manufacturing should be taking place very soon, probably in the second half of this year, 2023. Apparently, the angular aesthetics of the already shown prototypes will remain practically unchanged in the final model.
However, Tesla is known to have introduced several improvements since 2019. “We work consistently throughout the entire process, and we are constantly working on every detail and its refinement. And we learn things that we can improve through the engineering phases and the development phases, and we do". The continuous postponements have also been used to carry out a series of updates to the electric pick-up, which will have new functions such as the "tank turn" (it can rotate on itself by turning the wheels on each side in the opposite direction), or a steering system for the rear wheels.
Pending official confirmation, the Cybertruck is expected to be the first Tesla model to feature a 1,000-volt electrical system, which should allow it to charge much faster. The range of its most capable version (Quad Motor) will be greater than 500 miles under the EPA cycle. There will also be more affordable variants with one (Single Motor) and two motors (Dual Motor), although it is not clear if the three-propeller model (Tri Motor) announced four years ago will be maintained.
"The Tesla Cybertruck may enter production with a steering yoke instead of a conventional steering wheel, the company's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen said in a recent interview."https://t.co/t5dW7JO29g— TESBROS (@teslabros) January 16, 2023
In short, the design of the Tesla Cybertruck is already finalized. Several improvements and updates to its initial concept have been introduced in order to offer a revolutionary and iconic vehicle. Its production is expected to begin very soon and the American public seems more eager than ever to welcome the arrival of this revolutionary electric pickup truck.
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Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.