When Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Cybertruck last week, the design had a lot of people scratching their heads. The linear, angular design of the new 4-door, electric pickup truck looks more like an artist from the 1980’s rendering what trucks will look like in the year 2020 than an actual truck in 2020.
The sharp angles and complete lack of any curved surface had many wondering why the truck looks so unlike anything else on the road. Apparently Musk is tired of answering questions about the design. On Sunday, November 24th he tweeted “Reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can’t stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press. Even bending it requires a deep score on inside of the bend, which is how the prototype was made.”
The stainless steel body of the Cybertruck is an ultra-hard, cold-rolled stainless steel alloy that, as Elon explained, cannot be shaped in stamping press like every other car or truck. The exoskeleton design of the truck dictates the need for such rigid material. It’s also strong enough to stop a 9mm bullet according to Musk’s presentation. The steel used in the construction of the Cybertruck is the same alloy used on SpaceX’s Starship 1. Perhaps he got a deal on the stuff.
The new truck will be offered in 3 versions, a single-motor version with a range of 250+ miles which will retail for $39,900, a dual-motor version with a range of 300+ miles starting at $49,900, and a 3-motor version with a range of just over 500 miles starting at $69,900.
Apparently the unorthodox design is finding a footing with some buyers. As of the writing of this article, Elon Musk is claiming he has 200,000 orders. Delivery of the truck will begin in late 2021.