Tesla Cybertruck’s unusual shape is due to production reasons; not Elon Musk’s quirks  

Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla, recalls the factors that determined the design.

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The angular shape of the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup truck prototypes could inspire a variety of reactions in many average individuals who have seen them at least once, including surprise and respect for the boldness of the designers. In an interview with CNBC, Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla, recalled the factors that Determined the Design of the Cybertruck Pickup Truck. The Cybertruck pickup truck will be assembled on the company’s conveyor in Texas in the middle of the following year.

First, in contrast to the majority of today’s motor vehicles, von Holzhausen noted that the design of the Cybertruck prioritised functionality over aesthetics. Because stainless steel panels are supposed to be hung on the frame of the pickup, the design of the body was established according to the technological capabilities for processing this material. The stainless steel sheets of the required thickness cannot be bent with smooth curves, and Tesla’s goal was to create a pickup truck with a solid body that was utilitarian in nature. For this reason, the car turned out so angular.

However, Tesla’s principal designer emphasises that the Cybertruck pickup truck has a very low aerodynamic drag for a vehicle with this type of body. This is a significant advantage over other vehicles with similar bodies. The findings of mathematical modelling carried out by third party enthusiasts provide additional evidence supporting this assertion. A roofline that slopes downward and then gently transitions into the sides of the luggage compartment makes it easier to achieve improved aerodynamics.

By the way, von Holzhausen confessed that the electric car that Tesla has yet to show the general public is his favourite Tesla vehicle in terms of appearance. Although the Roadster of the second generation has been present at Tesla events and in videos posted on the company’s website for a considerable amount of time, it is possible that the design of the automated taxi, which will be produced in the Texas plant by the year 2024, is the one that will prove to be the most successful. However, Tesla may already be working on an electric vehicle that can be purchased for a more reasonable $25,000, and Tesla’s designer may also be referring to this in the context. In any case, we will see this design at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Tesla Cybertruck is a very unusual electric car

The Tesla Cybertruck is an electric pickup truck that uses only electric power. In addition, it is the first light truck Elon Musk created in his lineup. Its appearance is unexpectedly futuristic, especially in comparison to the company’s other vehicles, which all feature streamlined body designs; nonetheless, this electric vehicle features an angular and chopped design. The heavy-duty glass and composite with resin layers can absorb and redirect impact forces for increased performance and damage resistance. Its remarkable technical qualities put it far ahead of any and all competitors now operating in the market.

Tesla Cybertruck rear
Tesla Cybertruck rear. Images: Tesla

Three trim levels are available for the electric vehicle. They will be available in configurations with 1, 2, and 3 electric motors.

The base model of the Tesla Cybertruck, which has a single engine, has a range of 402 kilometres, a maximum speed of 177 kilometres per hour, the ability to accelerate to 100 kilometres per hour in 6.5 seconds, a towing capacity of 3,400 kilogrammes, rear-wheel drive, and an adjustable suspension with a maximum height of 400 millimetres.

The twin-engine package that comes standard on the Tesla Cyber Truck has a range of 408 kilometres, a maximum speed of 193 kilometres per hour, acceleration from zero to one hundred kilometres per hour in 4.5 seconds, a towing capacity of 4,550 kilogrammes, full drive, and an adjustable suspension that can reach a maximum height of 400 millimetres.

The maximum configuration, the three-engine Tesla Cybertruck, impresses with its technical characteristics, including a range of 800 kilometres, a maximum speed of 210 kilometres per hour, acceleration from zero to one hundred kilometres per hour in 2.9 seconds, a towing capacity of 6,350 kilogrammes, full drive, and a maximum height of 400 millimetres for the adjustable suspension.

As for the interior, the automobile appears even more austere than its predecessors. It has a steering wheel instead of the standard one, which is also installed on some Model S and Model X trim levels. A 17-inch control display for the electric vehicle is in the centre of the dashboard.

This six-seater electric vehicle is spacious enough for a large family with children. 

Although the price of the Tesla Cyber Truck is comparable to the price of a crossover of previous years, it is expected to rise. The Cybertruck will no longer be offered at the base price of $39,900 announced three years ago. This results from inflation, the lack of automotive microcircuits, and even the switch to more advanced and costly 4680 batteries.

The Cybertruck’s price was announced in 2019, and the booking fee was $99. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said during a meeting of Tesla shareholders at a gigafactory in Texas that a great deal has changed since then, and features and prices will differ.

Tesla anticipates that deliveries of the Cybertruck will begin in the middle of 2023.


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