It appears that Tesla’s upcoming all-electric pickup truck will be the company’s boldest vehicle yet, at least in terms of design. In a recent tweet, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the appearance of Tesla’s “Cybertruck” is quite different from the renders of the vehicle that have emerged to date, as the pickup will look closer to a futuristic Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
“Cybertruck doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen bouncing around the Internet. It’s closer to an armored personnel carrier from the future,” Musk wrote.
APCs are military vehicles that are made to transport personnel into combat zones. Due to the nature of their operations, APVS are dubbed as “battle taxis” or “battle buses,” primarily due to their capability to carry several people at a time. Considering their military designation, APVs are not designed with sleek flowing lines like Tesla’s current lineup of vehicles. Instead, they usually feature straight, bold lines and an aggressive stance.
While Elon Musk’s comparisons of Tesla’s “Cybertruck” with APVs might be alarming for some, there might actually be some merit in adopting such a radical theme for the upcoming vehicle. Wheeled APV variants, for example, are expected to survive terrains such as mud and flooded areas, and thus, they feature incredibly high ground clearance. Considering Elon Musk’s statement, it appears that Tesla’s “Cybertruck” will have decent off-road capabilities.
Tesla is yet to release a vehicle that can truly go off-road, though a teaser for rugged EVs could be found in vehicles developed by Rivian and Bollinger. If the Tesla CEO’s recent statements are any indication, it would not be surprising if the electric car maker’s upcoming pickup truck ends up being just as off-road capable as the Rivian R1T, or even the Bollinger B1 for that matter. Off-road capability will be a great selling point for Tesla’s pickup truck, as the vehicle will start at less than $50,000, according to Elon Musk.
Tesla has released very few teaser images of Tesla’s “Cybertruck,” though an image shared during the Model Y unveiling showed angular lines that seemed to be comprised of glass with a Tesla logo at one end. Flipped to one side, the image shows a pretty notable resemblance to the front of a conventional APV. The Tesla community would have to wait about a month to find out if this will indeed be the case, as Elon Musk has confirmed that the “Cybertruck” is still set to be unveiled this coming November.