Tesla Begins Delivering Cybertrucks to Customers, Edgy EV Now Starts at $60,990 – CNET

American EV manufacturer Tesla handed over the first 10 examples of its Cybertruck battery-electric pickup truck to reservation holders during a live event hosted by the company’s colorful frontman Elon Musk at its Austin Gigafactory plant today. The event was streamed live on Musk’s social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).

The Cybertruck was first revealed way back in November 2019. All angles and elbows, the debut was awkward to say the least, but Tesla’s first electric pickup truck looked like nothing else on the road and, with bold performance claims, the promise of Tesla’s industry-leading range and one of the wildest lists of features I’ve ever seen, the Cybertruck captured the world’s attention. Even I got caught up in the hype and put down a $100 reservation deposit shortly after the event, but then canceled that preorder one year later as multiple delays eroded my confidence that Tesla would ever be able to build the thing. And after years with sparse updates from Tesla about the truck’s status, the removal of the pricing and specs from the configurator, and some truly bizarre claims from Musk regarding the EV’s buoyancy (I know, right?!), it looked like I was right to temper my expectations.

Well, there’s egg on my face today, because the Cybertruck is finally here… at least, for a few very early adopters.

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Tesla demonstrated the bulletproof doors by blasting the EV with a variety of guns.

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Cyber Thursday

No surprise, the Cybertruck is still rocking the highly geometric aesthetic designed to avoid paint chips by simply not painting its stainless steel body panels. The pickup still measures 223.7 inches long, but its width has grown to 95 inches, thanks to the addition of legally required wing mirrors. Personally, I think the design that wowed me back in 2019 already feels dated (ironic, as it’s only just hitting the road today). However you feel about the low-poly, post-apocalyptic aesthetic, the newest member of the Tesla family is easily the most unique looking vehicle on the road today.

During the live stream, Tesla staff repeated the now infamous window smash demonstration, only this time they used a baseball rather than a heavy steel ball. It was a pretty weak-looking throw if you ask me, but at least the glass didn’t shatter this time. Tesla has revised its claims to state that the “armor glass can resist the impact of a baseball at 70 mph or class 4 hail,” so it’s no longer “bulletproof.” That said, the door panels should be if we believe a video of Tesla blasting the Cybertruck with multiple firearms, leaving little more than dents.

That doesn’t look like a 70 mph throw to me…

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Tesla also showcased the Cybertruck out-towing a Ford F-150 Lightning Dual Motor, a Rivian R1T Quad Motor and a Ford F-350 diesel in a tractor pull demonstration video, highlighting the top-spec Cyberbeast model’s 11,000-pound towing capacity.

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The Cybertruck will be available to order in three flavors based around the number of motors equipped.

The top of the line Cyberbeast features three electric motors — two on the rear axle and one on the front — and rolls out at $99,990 before destination charges or incentives. With around 845 combined horsepower, the tri-motor truck can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds when in its Beast mode, topping out at 130 mph. During the reveal, Tesla showed a video of the Cyberbeast outrunning a Porsche 911 over a quarter-mile while towing another Porsche 911. Battery capacity is a big question mark at this point, but Tesla claims an estimated 320 miles of range on a single charge — which is down from the initial 2019 claim of “over 500 miles.”

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