Elon Musk hints at more compact Tesla Cybertruck with same space and utility

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils futuristic Cybertruck in Los Angeles, Nov. 21, 2019 (Photo: Teslarati)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the Cybertruck might have more compact dimensions when it rolls out in 2021. The idea came after a Tesla owner-enthusiast’s video showed that the Cybertruck may not fit in a normal, residential-sized garage. Based on the Tesla CEO’s recent tweets, it appears that Tesla may be able to shave off a few inches off the Cybertruck’s rather bulky body without compromising anything in terms of utility and looks.

Musk’s comments came after Model 3 owner Tesla Raj posted a video featuring an augmented reality app estimating how the Cybertruck would look like in a target area. When Raj used the app to see if it would fit in his garage, he found the 231.8 inch-long Cybertruck was just a bi too long for the space in his home.

Musk responded to these findings, stating that the Cybertruck could receive a design revision that would make the car a bit easier to fit in a traditional American garage. “We can prob reduce width by an inch & maybe reduce length by 6+ inches without losing on utility or aesthetics. Min height is below 75 inches when air suspension set to low. Will post exact number soon,” Musk said.

Based on Musk’s tweet, the more compact Cybertruck would have a width of 78.8 inches instead of the original 79.8 inches, and its length will be reduced to to 225.7 inches from 231.7 inches. This should make the Cybertruck easier to fit even in 20×20 garages. Parking the vehicle and maneuvering the massive all-electric machine would likely be easier as well. What’s more remarkable is the Tesla CEO explained that these reductions won’t cause any compromises with the vehicle’s stellar utility and iconic aesthetics. Musk has also promised no loss in cargo capacity or interior space with the vehicle’s more compact size.

After providing some updates on the Cybertruck’s dimensions, Musk also received a question about the approximate size of the “smaller” Cybertruck that he has hinted at in the past. Musk stated that such a vehicle would likely require a full redesign, though he noted that the truck’s dimensions will “probably (be) ~73 inches (height) or ~185 cm width”. This is compared to its 75-inch height when the vehicle’s adaptive suspension is fully-lowered, and its 202.7 cm width in its current build. Such a vehicle will still be significantly smaller to the Cybertruck, even considering Elon Musk’s more compact projections.

That being said, it seems that a significant portion of the Tesla community prefers the Cybertruck in its current, massive form. A few followers of Musk’s Twitter account even stated that the Cybertruck will never need to be parked in a garage anyway, as its stainless steel design is “completely impervious to weather” and that its solar-equipped tonneau cover begs to be exposed to the sun at all times. Musk, for his part, appears to be weighing both sides when it comes to the Cybertruck’s size.

A new Cybertruck design that that is more compact could prove to be beneficial for Tesla in the long run. While the company has already received at least a quarter-of-a-million pre-orders for the original design for the truck, a smaller version may entice those who were worried about the size of the truck to pull the trigger and buy Tesla’s first pickup. The smaller design will appeal to those who are interested in parking the all-electric powerhouse in their garage, or at least those who want a pickup but prefer a smaller design that would be easier to drive through narrow streets and easier to park in busy lots.

Joey Klender: Writer covering Tesla, Elon Musk and other EVs. Penn State Alum, Environmentalist, Mixed Martial Arts fanatic, Washington Capitals' biggest fan, and poker player. Inspired by Elon Musk.
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