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Tesla unveils its first electric pickup truck
On Thursday, Tesla Inc unveiled its electric pickup truck with a futuristic angular body in a metallic gray finish that looks like an armored vehicle. The vehicle will cost $ 39,900.
The truck is Tesla’s sixth vehicle since its inception in 2003 and the most experimental. It will compete in the market with the Ford F Series, which has been the best-selling pickup in the United States for over 40 years, followed by GM’s Chevrolet Silverado, another major competitor..
At a presentation in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said other versions will cost $ 49,900 and $ 69,900, with the most expensive ones being able to travel more than 500 miles (800 km) on a single charge. Production is expected to start around the end of 2021.
«We need sustainable energy now. If we don’t have a pickup truck, we can’t work it out. Pickup trucks are among the top three best-selling vehicles in America. We need a pickup truck to tackle sustainable energy», – he said.
The huge, sharp geometric truck body is made of stainless steel, mounted on massive tires and has windows made of armored glass.
«At best it will be a niche product that poses no threat to the pickup market as we know it today.», – by Matt DeLorenzo, senior executive editor at automotive research firm Kelley Blue Book.
Musk stated that «superhard» truck appearance nothing «won’t scratch or ruin». But the armored glass cracked like a spider web when it was hit with a metal ball during the demonstration. Musk looked surprised, although he noticed that the glass was not completely shattered..
Musk previously tweeted that on the design of the electric pickup was partly influenced by the sports car Lotus Esprit, which as a submarine featured in the 1970s James Bond film «The spy who loved me». Also, the design of the car was significantly influenced by the aesthetics of another cult science fiction film. «Blade Runner».
All pickup versions will come standard with Tesla’s enhanced driver assistance feature. Additional package «self-driving» costs $ 7,000 if customers order it today and are willing to wait for autonomous driving features not yet developed.
Musk said the Cybertruck can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds on the low and 2.9 seconds on the high. The mid-range twin-engine version does it in 4.5 seconds. Towing power for the single engine version of the truck is about 7,500 pounds, for the twin engine it is about 10,000 pounds, and for the three engine version is about 14,000 pounds..
Musk also promised «one more thing» after a truck demonstration and showed off an electric all-terrain vehicle that was designed to roll into the back of the Cybertruck.
During the live presentation, Musk did not disclose its cost or whether he was going to produce and sell his ATVs..
Electric pickups and SUVs could help Ford and GM achieve the significant electric vehicle sales they need to meet tougher EV standards and requirements in California and other states.
However, in the near future, the demand for full-size electric pickups may be small..
Industry firm IHS Markit estimates that the electric truck segment – both full-size and mid-size models – will have close to 75,000 sales in 2026, up from an expected 3 million light trucks overall. Tesla truck is not part of this assessment.
Ford intends to start selling electric F-series vehicles in late 2021, sources familiar with the automaker’s plans said. The company will also offer Mach E next year as part of its plan to invest $ 11.5 billion by 2022 to electrify its vehicles..
In April, Ford invested $ 500 million in startup Rivian, which plans to build its own electric pickup truck by fall 2020..
GM plans to create a family of premium electric pickups and SUVs, with the first pickup due to go on sale in fall 2021. By 2023, he plans to invest $ 8 billion in the development of electric and autonomous vehicles..