Anyone following the career of the billionaire pioneer of the SpaceX project and the CEO of Tesla Inc., Elon Musk, know of his recent unveiling of his brand new passion project, the Tesla Cybertruck.
Perhaps more ubiquitously known is the embarrassing faux pas that occurred during the unveiling of said Cybertruck. Elon Musk became the brunt of thousands of internet memes when the supposedly "unbreakable bulletproof" glass windows of the truck broke when a demonstrator threw a metal ball at the window.
Despite the awkward public blunder, excitement for the revolutionary vehicle has not waned in the slightest. On the contrary, the gaffe, however embarrassing, has brought more eyes to his project than ever before.
So what makes the Cybertruck different from your run-of-the-mill pickup truck? Here is what we know about the Tesla Cybertruck that makes it a class above your regular pickup.
A cursory glance at the Cybertruck would be enough to realize just how, unlike it is from any other pickup truck.
But the exterior is more useful than aesthetic, as apparent by its eccentric design. According to Musk, the exoskeleton is made of a new stainless steel alloy designated the Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel, the kind used in SpaceX spacecraft.
Musk claims that the alloy is virtually bulletproof, and the truck itself can stop a small handgun, including a nine mil.
The windows are made of Tesla armor glass, which Musk also claimed to be shatterproof.
Other than being virtually impervious to wear and tear, the metal exterior also gives the Cybertruck its power. In an interview, Musk claimed that in terms of payload and towing capacity, the Cybertruck outclasses such powerhouses as the Ford F-150 pickup truck.
The most loaded version of the Cybertruck, the Tri-Motor All-Wheel-Drive, will be able to handle a payload of 3,500 lbs and tow up to 14,000 lbs. In comparison, the 2019 Ford F-150 can typically carry 5090 lbs and tow up to 11,500 lbs.
Perhaps its most impressive feat is that despite its heavy metal exterior, and looking like an impenetrable fortress, the Cybertuck is claimed to be able to outperform a Porsche 911 sports car.
The Porsche 911 goes from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds flat. The Tri-Motor All-Wheel-Drive achieves this feat in 2.9 seconds, winning by a hair's breadth, but winning nonetheless. The feat is doubly impressive considering the power that the Cybertruck boasts.
The Cybertruck belies its solid metal appearance with its fully customizable and very spacious interior.
With seating arrangements for six people and room to spare, the 17" touchscreen controls the vehicle with a new customizable user interface.
The Tesla Cybertruck also has more than 100 cubic feet of the exterior, lockable storage that flares outwards from under the hood and the sides of the truck. The truck comes equipped with an under-bed with a sliding cover, frunk, and sail pillars.
Its adaptive air suspension system also facilitates off-road travel by raising the vehicle to four inches.
Continuing the trend of Musk's electric Tesla cars, the Cybertruck is fully electric.
The world's fossil fuels are bound to run out, and vehicles are moving towards the more sustainable electric power approach. The Cybertruck is ahead of the curve, and the Tri-Motor can travel 500 miles on full-charge. Base models can travel 250 miles on a full charge.
Looking at the specs for the Cybertruck and its litany of features, one would assume you would have to be a millionaire to be able to afford one.
But the base version of the truck is set to go for $39,900. The price is astonishingly low for the innovative new truck. To set things into perspective, the Ford F-150 starts at $30,000.
The price does go up to $69,900 for its fully stocked Tri-Motor All-Wheel-Drive, but even that is a bargain considering what Tesla offers with the Cybertruck.