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Elon Musk has previously said that the truck anyone will want when the apocalypse goes down, will be the Tesla Cybertruck. In interviews over the strange looking electric-driven truck, Musk admitted no customer research went into the design, but it was built with some serious features, like being bulletproof and having an onboard generator, air compressor, and vault-like storage as part of the standard offering.
Its nearly impenetrable exoskeleton shell was designed for ultimate durability and passenger protection that boasts superior strength and endurance. It has an ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel structural skin and Tesla armor glass, making it a vehicle that nobody will want to mess with.
The Tesla founder hopes that if all goes according to plan, production on the Cybertruck should commence by 2021. Even though pre-orders for the electric Cybertruck have increased, Tesla’s CEO seems to have a backup strategy if the market’s adoption to the Cybertruck turns out to be a flop. That strategy is simply to build a more traditional truck that’s easier on the eye. However, it’s gaining popularity in its current form.
When the first Cybertruck model was unveiled in November 2019, Musk was accepting pre-orders with a mere $100 deposit. After one week, there were already 250,000 orders, showing its appeal to a lot of consumers. To date, the pre-order list has grown to over 650,000. When there was a sense of panic at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pre-orders were actually helping to boost sales as people were keen to get their hands on the electric truck.
The original Cybertruck is about 230 inches long available in single-, dual-, and tri-motor configurations with the capacity to transport up to six people. Its range will vary between 250 – 500 miles, depending on the selected battery chosen, and the tri-motor model will be able to tow over 14 000 pounds. It’s alleged that 17% of the Cybertruck pre-orders are for the single motor configuration, which is a cheaper model of the electric truck that starts at $40,000. The rest of the pre-orders are reserved for the dual motor and tri-motor models, with the dual-motor starting with a price tag of approximately $50,000.
And, with the Tesla Semi also on the cards for delivery in 2021, countries with wide roads, parking, and ample space are well-catered for by Telsa. So, what about the countries with narrow roads and parking space limitations that also want a Tesla Cybertruck with the same features and designs, but just a bit smaller? Musk is showing that he’s open-minded to producing a smaller version of the Cybertruck, specifically for the European market.
The following question was posed to him on Twitter, “Smaller version for Europe? Don't want Model Y. I want a Cyber Truck. Even just a smaller EU version.” Perhaps it’s been in the pipeline already because Must responded optimistically with "highly likely down the road."
While nothing is officially published by Tesla, we can rely on Elon to pull through when he gives us hints and clues. Just the possibility of getting a smaller Cybertruck for the European market will surely get a lot of people excited, whether it will have the same design and capabilities or not.
Another model we can also look forward to is the ultra-fast Tesla Roadster that will supposedly have a 1.9-second 0-60 time and a range of 620 miles. With all the options popping up on Tesla’s radar, we can be sure that this electric vehicle manufacturer wants to create something for everyone and we know that Elon Musk rarely, if ever, disappoints Tesla enthusiasts.