Published: Sun, November 24, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Elon Musk's Tesla Has Unveiled A Pickup Truck Inspired By James Bond

Elon Musk's Tesla Has Unveiled A Pickup Truck Inspired By James Bond

Instead, it resembles a beastly, revamped DeLorean or something out of an 80s sci-fi movie.

The vehicle, known as the "Cybertruck", will have a range of 250 to 500 miles on its all-electric battery, and can reportedly haul more weight than a Ford F-150.

Musk had said in advance that the vehicle's design was a nod to the Lotus Esprit sportscar-submarine used in James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. While on stage with chief designer Franz von Holzhausen, Musk challenged his colleague to take a sledgehammer to the truck's door and then toss a metallic ball at its window. Among them, he has said the Cybertruck would be more capable, in terms of towing and hauling, than a Ford F-150 and perform as a better sports auto than a Porsche 911. You can also add a self-driving option to these prices for $7,000.

Customers will be able to configure their Cybertruck sometime in late 2021.

The fastest version of the seven-ton truck, which starts at $39,000, can reach 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds flat. "Starting with a almost impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass". The top 3 selling vehicles in America are pickup trucks. Even Musk couldn't quell his surprise, letting out a couple of expletives.

We assume that the decisions were made quite some time ago, as too many projects were launched (with Tesla and Rivian probably the most eagerly awaited) that there is no possibility to ignore the dawn of BEVs and simply keep producing gas and diesel trucks. One of them is a newcomer called Lordstown Motors, which only a couple of weeks ago announced it acquired a former General Motors plant located in Lordstown, Ohio, to build the Endurance electric pickup.

At a punk-show themed event in Los Angeles, Mr Musk claimed the truck's "ultra-hard" exterior "won't scratch and dent".

Matt DeLorenzo, senior executive editor at automotive research company Kelley Blue Book wrote that "it will be a niche product at best and poses no threat in the pickup market as we know it today".

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