Tesla’s Cybertruck is the vehicle that has generated the most controversy… probably since the launch of Model S, also from Tesla. Let’s say that Elon Musk is a showman in all aspects, and cannot present a regular product.
Of course, we already knew that Cybertruck was going to look “futuristic” and “out of a science fiction movie”; but that’s what all the manufacturers say. We didn’t expect you to actually fulfill those words when the Cybertruck was introduced.
But one thing is the official presentation, with studied lighting and selected camera angles, and another to see the vehicle on the road. Many of us wondered how this design would fit into real use, and now we can get an idea.
Tesla Cybertruck has already started its first tests in real traffic without any kind of camouflage, and with some well known driver. So far, this futuristic van has been seen circulating near Los Angeles, both near the airport and on a Southern California highway.
Of course, in a society where everyone has a camera, these tests have not gone unnoticed. Thanks to the recordings of amateurs and journalists, we can get an idea of how great Cybertruck is, and how it doesn’t look at all like the rest of the cars on the road.
The shapes of the Cybertruck, although more aerodynamic than other vans, are largely to blame for this first impression. It looks bigger than it really is, although compared to its rivals like the Ford F-150 it really isn’t very different.
One detail not seen in the presentation is the trailer hitch; Tesla promises that the Cybertruck will not be left behind in towing capacity, one of the main reasons for buying a truck. The triple-engine version will be capable of towing 6,300 kg, and the two-engine version, 4,500 kg; although there will also be a single-engine version, Tesla has decided to accelerate the production of the most powerful and capable models.
Another part that has made everybody talk is the stylish interior: due to the shape of the vehicle, it does not have a rear-view mirror but a screen connected to one of the rear cameras. It is not something new in the industry (Toyota and General Motors have already implemented it), but it is still futuristic.
In this case, we have been able to see this feature thanks to Elon Musk himself, who decided to celebrate with some friends in a Japanese restaurant, driving the Cybertruck himself. Interestingly, instead of letting a valet park the car, that was done by a Tesla employee.
We can draw two conclusions: first, Tesla is far more advanced in the development of Cybertruck than it seemed. It’s more than just a “carcass”, and the prototype already looks fully functional. And secondly, we still have a long way to go to get used to seeing this monster on the roads.