Since Tesla introduced the Cybertruck two years ago, other automakers launched electric pickup truck with the same features. This means that Tesla has caught up to the rest of the pack.
Tesla is responding by offering the Cybertruck, a more powerful version with four electric motors that can be controlled individually and four-wheel steer.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, announced the information last week. He responded to a tweet about Cybertruck not being available on Tesla’s website.
The initial production is of a 4 motor version, each with an independent and ultra-fast response torque control.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2021
Rivian’s new R1T pickup has four electric motors. GMC’s Hummer EV offers only three motors and features all-wheel-steering. This steering system makes it possible for the Hummer to have a diagonally-moving function known as Crab Mode. Musk later stated that the Cybertruck would offer similar functionality.
Rivian is developing its own Tank Turn feature for the R1T that, under the right conditions, will be able to turn the vehicle on the spot—a full 360 degrees—by spinning the left and right wheels in opposite directions. Rivian has not yet announced similar plans.
Musk revealed that Cybertruck will offer three options of battery for the pickup, including over 250, 300, 500, and 600 miles. Prices range from $39,900 to $49,900 to $69,900. While the base model had a single rear motor for power, the mid-range models were to be equipped with dual-motor all-wheel drives. Tri-motor was the previous top-of-the-line model. Tesla is planning a quad motor setup, but it is not clear how they will rearrange their lineup.
Original plans for Cybertruck production were to be started at a Texas facility in the second half of 2021. However, Tesla announced in July that it would not start production until Model Y is fully operational at its Texas plant.
In September, Tesla announced that Cybertruck production was delayed until late 2022. Also, the company stated that production on the new Roadster was being delayed to 2022.
An earnings conference in January will provide more information about the company’s product line-up.