November 8, 2019
Tesla's upcoming electric 'Cybertruck' to be unveiled this month
Tesla will show the world its first electric pickup truck later this month, Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday.
The CEO called the vehicle a "Cybertruck," adding that it will be unveiled in Los Angeles on Nov. 21, near the company's SpaceX rocket factory. The timing coincides with the L.A. auto show, which takes place during the last week of November.
Still, Tesla tends to host its own carefully choreographed car events rather than taking center stage at trade shows.
Musk has said in the past that the brand's pickup will be priced below $50,000 and be more powerful than Ford's wildly popular F-150. He also compared it to a Porsche, saying it will "be a better sports car than a standard 911."
Spec-wise, Musk has said it will have a distance range up to 500 miles and all-wheel drive.
Visually, the truck is expected to look like something out of a sci-fi movie. Musk has previously described the model as "futuristic-like cyberpunk" with "crazy features." In 2018, the CEO said the upcoming truck would house "power outlets allowing use of heavy-duty 240V high power tools in the field all day, no generator needed."
Musk also said the truck would parallel park itself.
Along with Musk's tweet on Wednesday was a video clip playing the "Blade Runner" movie theme song, which flashes a teaser pic of the Tesla truck. The 1982 sci-fi film seems to be a source of design inspiration.
Currently, Tesla's available line up includes the Model X SUV along with the Model S and Model 3 sedans. The company is also working on a Semi truck, a new Roadster sports car and Model Y crossover.
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