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Tesla Cybertruck to Receive 1 MW Charging Power from Tesla Semi

The Tesla Cybertruck will get ultra-fast charging technology, coming directly from the Tesla Semi. Additionally, Tesla´s chief designer also specified some aesthetic issues about the vehicle, such as why it is taking so long to ramp up production, or the fact that its image is actually highly aerodynamic.


The Tesla Cybertruck is presented as one of the most anticipated electric models in recent years years; since it was officially presented a few years ago, there has been a huge number of reservation holders who have patiently awaited its arrival on the market, which luckily is now closer than ever. Now, on the occasion of the actual starting of deliveries of the Tesla Semi model, the company itself has shared new technical details of the Tesla Cybertruck as well, such as its compatibility with ultra-fast charging of up to 1 MW.

With the arrival of the Tesla Semi, Tesla basically introduced new MW charging technology using direct current, DC; this was in turn specifically designed with electric truck fast-charging in mind. However, during the delivery event of the first Semi units there was also time for the now famous phrase "one more thing". This one more thing is none other than confirmation that the Tesla Cybertruck will be compatible with this charging power.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

"Cybertruck will also use it", Elon Musk himself said during the explanation of the new Supercharger V4 charging stations and their immersion cooling technology. In support of this claim, Dan Priestley, Tesla's Semi program manager, added: "This is coming to our Superchargers next year".

The new information in this regard speaks of specially dedicated positions for the electric recharging of trucks (and in this case, also for the electric pick-up). The electrical architecture of the Tesla Semi, which is 1,000 volts (1 MW), also confirmed that it will reach other vehicles, although it was not confirmed that it was explicitly for the Tesla Cybertruck.

This is not all however, since CNBC also recently interviewed Franz Von Holzhausen, Tesla's chief designer, at the Petersen Museum, where a temporary exhibition dedicated to the Austin brand was recently inaugurated. The designer, in his speech, expressed some ideas about the Tesla Cybertruck, especially about its exterior image.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Von Holzhausen confirmed that the electric pick-up was conceived in a different way than anything else known in the market, with the firm conviction that the exterior hardness would be a decisive factor. “We really wanted to use stainless steel as the material so that the hardest part of the car was on the outside, not some delicate paint. It finally suited a vehicle that is used like a Swiss army knife in any type of environment. It has to be resistant”, the designer said.

He has also responded to the long-awaited question of why it has taken so long to start production of the electric car, to which the designer was very concise in responding: "Building a vehicle with a stainless steel body is not an easy task, this has been the main reason".

Regarding its aesthetics, Von Holzhausen declared that the Tesla Cybertruck is a model that feels like "an opportunity to break the paradigm of what pick-ups have been for the last 60 or 70 years".

To this he added - to everyone's surprise - that the vehicle is "incredibly aerodynamic and incredibly functional". The designer also pointed out that the production model will be aesthetically very similar to the prototype presented a few years ago, "maybe a little smaller in some areas, but in general, this is how the pick-up will look".

All images courtesy of Tesla Inc.

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.