Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, called the company’s in-development Cybertruck as a “special project” near and dear to his heart earlier this year, and we can see why, thanks to some brand new footage of the all-electric vehicle in operation.
The Tesla Cybertruck is seen driving on urban highways, sliding across a field, and slaloming over the grounds of Tesla’s unfinished Texas Gigafactory in dramatic flair in a minute-long teaser trailer (which you can view below).
Interestingly, Bansa saw the clip at a Tesla store, implying that the video is an official Cybertruck teaser that the firm hasn’t yet posted on its own social channels.
In any case, it gives the forthcoming car a whole new look — check it out below.
The new film is so fantastic that it appears like Tesla was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar’s cornfield chase, with the Cybertruck blowing up dust as it drives over grassland in search of… something – perhaps a release date?
The news is less exciting on that front. We just learnt that the Cybertruck might not touch the road until 2023, as Tesla continues to deal with a supply chain crisis exacerbated by the worldwide epidemic and global semiconductor scarcity.
What exactly is a Tesla Cybertruck?
The Tesla Cybertruck is unlike any other road vehicle we’ve seen before, according to people unfamiliar with Elon Musk’s much-anticipated automotive project.
For starters, according to Tesla’s official product website for the vehicle, it will have “greater utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car.”
The external shell of the Cybertruck is comprised of “Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin” and “Tesla armour glass,” which should keep passengers and the vehicle itself safe from all forms of damage.
In action, the Tesla Cybertruck.
Sure, it’ll be hefty, but the Cybertruck will also be incredibly fast. Tesla claims it can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in as little as 2.9 seconds, due to a strong engine and low centre of gravity that provides “amazing traction control and torque.”
In terms of range, the Cybertruck is expected to go up to 500 miles, which is a staggering statistic given the current level of the competition.
If the Cybertruck’s credentials hold up when it eventually hits the road, it will be able to compete in terms of performance with ultra-premium EVs like the Mercedes EQS while still providing the practical adaptability of utility vehicles like the electric Hummer.
Musk has previously referred to his next four-wheeled project as “a glitch in the Matrix” for the car industry, and based on this recent footage, the Cybertruck appears to be a very interesting reality.