The Tesla Cybertruck unveil was one of the most trending and viewed events of last year and for several reasons. Firstly, we were excited to see one of the most radical looking machines of the future and then then Tesla's certain claims regarding its rigidity and durability kept us hooked. Of course, those claims didn't stand tall then after its armoured glass shattered quite easily, but Tesla said these issues won't exist in the production version. However, talks about its commercial launch in 2021 now seem a distant dream as Tesla could come up with a more traditional looking model.
According to news reports, Tesla's founder- Elon Musk has said in an interview that the company didn't do any market research ahead of the unveil and may replace it with a more mainstream looking electric truck. In the interview he said that Tesla just made a car they thought was awesome and looks super weird. Musk just wanted to make a futuristic battle tank - something that looks like it could come out of Blade Runner or Aliens or something like that but was also highly functional. In fact, Musk has kept things very flexible, depending on the market response. "Wasn't super worried about that because if it turns out nobody wants to buy a weird-looking truck, we'll build a normal truck, no problem. There's lots of normal trucks out there that look pretty much the same; you can hardly tell the difference. And sure, we could just do some copycat truck; that's easy. So that's our fallback strategy," Musk added.
The statement comes as a big surprise after Tesla accepting advance bookings for the Cybertruck. However, he mentioned that the Cybertruck wasn't designed for traditional truck buyers. There will be three versions of the truck available which are a single motor rear wheel drive model with a range of about 400 kilometres and a towing capacity of 3,400 kg and a 0-100 kmph sprint time of just over 6.5 seconds. The next model will have a dual electric motor with all-wheel drive and a range of 482 kilometres, a towing capacity of over 4,500 kg and a 0-100 kmph time of about 4.5 seconds. And finally, the third model, which will be the top of the line model, will have three electric motors with all-wheel drive, a range of more than 800 kilometres and a 0-100 kmph sprint time of about 3 seconds.
Source: Inside EVs