American electric car and battery maker Tesla’s CEO Mr. Elon Musk has revealed that the company’s much-anticipated Cybertruck will have a high-end four-motor variant when it is officially launched in the market.
“Initial production will be 4 motor variant, with independent, ultra-fast response torque control of each wheel,” Mr. Musk said in a tweet.
Musk described the electric pickup truck as an “insane technology bandwagon,” saying it will feature front and rear-wheel steer and be able to “not just (turn) like a tank – it can travel diagonally like a crab.”
According to the reports, “The vehicle would compete with pickup trucks such as GMC’s Hummer EV, Ford’s F-150 Lightning, and Rivian’s R1T. Of those, R1T is driven by four individual motors powering all four wheels and GMC’s Hummer can drive diagonally.”
Mr. Musk said that Tesla’s pick-up truck, first announced in 2019, is made of the same stainless steel used in rockets, and received millions of orders for the CyberTruck when pre-orders were opened.
The Cybertruck will cost as much as $39,900 for the base single-motor version and $69,900 for the tri-motor range-topper, according to the reports. Further, Tesla claims that the Cybertruck has a range of approximately 950 kilometers on a single charge, can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in three seconds, and can tow up to 6,300 kilos.
In addition, Mr. Musk stated that on the next earnings call, he would provide updates on the product roadmap. Cybertruck production is expected to begin next year and reach volume production in 2023.
“The company has so far avoided a major crisis from supply-chain woes and the global semiconductor shortage, issues that have hurt legacy automakers,” as per the reports.