The Tesla Cybertruck is on track to begin production very soon. That said, its come a long way since the first prototype was unveiled in 2019. Though many things remain unclear about Tesla’s electric truck, some details and leaks have been uncovered, which could help paint a picture of what we can expect from the oddly shaped stainless steel truck.
New Details On Tesla Cybertruck Frunk, Interior, And More
According to Fox News, the Tesla Cybertruck will do away with the front’s middle seat. Two rows of six seats have been a feature offered on many entry-level work truck models from Ford, GM, and Ram, and when we first saw the Cybertruck in 2019, it appeared that the feature would make its way into the electric truck. However, as the truck is now smaller than the original prototype, all Cybertrucks will now feature a fixed center console rather than one that folds, meaning there will only be five seats within the vehicle.
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A group of Tesla investors was recently granted a special opportunity to participate in an exclusive meet-and-greet before and after the companies Investor Day event. This allowed investors to see the upcoming Cybertruck up close, and according to an insider, the upcoming Tesla truck may have a setup that opens much like that of the Ford F-150 Lightning. This makes sense as that would ensure the frunk is competitive with other electric pickups currently available.
A third detail that has come to light is that every trim level of the Cybertruck will have four-wheel steering, as seen with the GMC Hummer EV, as well as the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV. Not just upper trim levels. Speaking of, the base variant with a single motor is no longer expected. The Cybertruck is also expected to incorporate 35-inch all-terrain tires.
What Is The Size Of The Tesla Cybertruck Battery Pack?
Finally, Tesla recently published its Master Plan Part 3, and it appears to have provided some information regarding the battery pack that will be used within the Cybertruck. According to Tesla’s most recent Investor Day slides, if you’re expecting a competitive range with the EV, think again, as Tesla appears only to be using its 100 kWh pack.
According to the EPA, the Model S has an estimated driving range of 405 miles with this battery pack; meanwhile, the heavier Model X is estimated to travel as far as 348 miles under the same conditions. Based on these details, it could be possible for the Cybertruck to offer around 300 miles of range with the same pack, contingient on factors such as weight, aerodynamics, and rolling resistance. It’s possible that the range could be even less than that. And, off course, that number is subject to decrease if Tesla’s truck is towing or hauling heavy loads and in colder temperatures. Tesla aims to beat rivals on the driving range, but given that the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T have battery packs that are 130 kWh or more, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The 100 kWh pack for the Cybertruck may be a starting point. That said, Tesla does have some significant efficiency compared to other EVs, though that’s likely a nod to aerodynamics, and the Cybertruck is edgy, which doesn’t bode well for that side of things. Of course, Tesla could offer a bigger pack for higher trims, but we’ll have to wait and see what the company has in store for the popular truck.