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TESLA SHOWS UPDATED CYBERTRUCK DURING TEXAS FACTORY OPENING

The Cybertruck Also Features 4-Wheel Steering

Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory
Image via Joe Rogan, Facebook.

Tesla held the Cyber Rodeo event on Thursday, April 7, in celebration of the official opening of the electric automaker’s new factory in Austin, Texas. The event features music, fireworks, and drones flying in the formation of the automaker’s vehicles. Elon Musk appeared wearing a cowboy hat and dark sunglasses to discuss the company’s past, present, and future. Towards the end, we got to see the updated Tesla Cybertruck prototype, but unfortunately, they weren’t going to risk smashing the window this time around.

The first big announcement to come from Musk’s presentation was that a wide beta of Tesla’s Full Self Driving software would be coming later this year. Additionally, he brought up the massive size of the Texas factory, which measures giant 338 million square feet. If standing vertically, it would be 3,826 feet (1,166 meters) tall. Musk claims that when fully operational, the factory in Texas should be able to make around 1 million units a year. Around 500,000 would be the Model Y. Musk has also stated that the Cybertruck will go on sale in 2023 and will also be manufactured from the new plant.

Tesla Cybertruck: New Features

The Cybertruck doesn’t look too different from the previously spotted prototype. Musk notes that there aren’t any handles on the doors. Instead, the pickup knows that the owner is there and will open accordingly. Additionally, a short video from the Cybertruck Owners club showcases Tesla’s electric truck moving at low speeds. If you look closely, you can see the rear wheels turning a few degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels. We don’t see anything drastic like that of the “Crab Walk” mode on the GMC Hummer EV, but the subtle effect assists maneuverability, which is honestly all most people need.

Considering the surge of competition, the Tesla Cybertruck will undoubtedly need to step up its game in the future as the Hummer has its fun feature, as will the Rivian with the Tank Turn and K-Turn. Even Ford will have their own four-wheel steering features, which will set the stainless steel truck behind the competition in that department.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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