Tesla ‘Cyberpunk’ Pickup Truck predictions: Range, towing capacity, and more

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Elon Musk’s “Cyberpunk” Tesla Pickup Truck is set to be unveiled this coming November, and the electric vehicle community could not be more excited. Musk, after all, has hyped the vehicle, hinting that it will start at a reasonable price of $49,000 and be the company’s “best product ever.” Tesla has been remarkably good at keeping the truck’s specs secret, which has all but encouraged the EV community to speculate about the upcoming features and specs of the highly-anticipated Tesla Pickup Truck. 

Tesla owner-enthusiast Sean Mitchell recently shared his expectations for the upcoming vehicle, and while they are but speculations, they are rooted in information that the electric car maker and CEO Elon Musk have shared in the past. Other speculations are based on Tesla’s current technologies, as well as the company’s recent updates to its operations. 

The Tesla Pickup Truck is meant to be a disruptor just like its predecessors like the Model 3 and the Model S. With this in mind, there is a good chance that Tesla will put its best technologies in the vehicle. Mitchell believes that the vehicle will have battery sizes between 150-200 kWh, which should give the truck a range of about 400 miles or more. This is something that Musk himself has mentioned in the past, with the CEO noting that the vehicle will have 400-500 miles of range per charge.

These figures might seem optimistic, but if one were to consider the innovations offered by Maxwell Technologies to Tesla, these specs would be more than plausible. Of course, being a new vehicle, the “Cyberpunk” truck will most definitely be capable of charging at 250 kW using the Supercharger V3 Network. This should allow the upcoming pickup to take advantage of Tesla’s fastest charging solution out of the box. 

Since the Tesla Pickup Truck is meant to disrupt, the vehicle will most likely have an industry-leading towing capacity as well. Mitchell estimates that the vehicle will have a 20,000-30,000-lb towing capacity, on account of Elon Musk’s tendency to equip his electric cars with specs that far exceed those of ICE competitors. Seeing as Musk has previously joked that the vehicle could tow 300,000 lbs, a 30,000-lb towing capacity definitely seems feasible. 

True to the Tesla brand, the Cybertruck will likely be very powerful as well. The Tesla owner-enthusiast noted that the Silicon Valley-based company will probably leapfrog the competition like Rivian when it comes to acceleration and horsepower; thus, it is possible for the truck to have a sub-3-second 0-60 mph time and about 800-1,000 hp. These specs exceed that of the well-received Rivian R1T all-electric pickup, which will likely beat the Tesla Truck to market. 

Mitchell gave an excellent point when it came to the vehicle’s design. During the Tesla Semi’s unveiling, Musk mentioned that the electric car maker is developing a type of Armor Glass that is far more durable and far less prone to breaking. This should enable Tesla to use a generous amount of glass in the Cyberpunk truck’s design, allowing the company to equip the vehicle with a durable panoramic windshield. This does seem to be in line with Musk’s statements about the vehicle being a Blade Runner Cyberpunk truck that looks a bit like an armored personnel carrier from the future.  

Watch Sean Mitchell’s recent take on the Tesla Pickup Truck in the video below. 

What do you think about these speculations? Are they off base or close? Sound off in the comments below.

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