The Tesla Cybertruck at a glance
- First pick-up model from Tesla
- Futuristic design like concept study
- Top version with up to 630 kW
- Range up to 550 km
- Optional range extender as a battery pack (705 km)
- EU approval uncertain
- Base price from $61,000
Basic version more expensive than expected
Tesla is asking almost 61,000 dollars, the equivalent of around 56,000 euros, for the entry-level version of the Cybertruck, which will not be available until 2025 (vehicle is not offered in Europe, homologation pending)² in the USA. This corresponds to a premium of more than 50 percent compared to the base price of $40,000 announced four years ago. There is the rear-wheel drive single-motor version, which allows a sprint to 100 km/h in under 6.7 seconds and reaches a maximum of 180 km/h. No performance data for the drive was given. The range is stated as 250 miles according to the EPA, which corresponds to 402 kilometers.
The all-wheel drive dual-motor version with 447 kW/608 hp offers up to 547 EPA kilometers and can sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. The price for the version available in 2024 is around 80,000 dollars or 73,500 euros. The top version is the Cyberbeast with three-motor all-wheel drive 630 kW/845 hp system output. The pick-up, which weighs over three tons and is almost 5.70 meters long, should complete the standard sprint in 2.7 seconds and reach a maximum of 210 km/h. The range is 515 kilometers and the price is around $100,000 or 92,000 euros.
Optional range extender for the loading area
Interesting detail: There was always talk of a range extender for the Cybertruck. The first prophecies of doom were raised as to whether it could be a combustion engine. But what Tesla means by this is an additional battery pack that can be mounted on the pickup bed. It takes up around 1/3 of the platform and is intended to increase the range of up to 190 kilometers. It is unclear how much the additional battery weighs, whether it can be charged together with the vehicle battery and how exactly the power storage device fits into the charging area. The payload of the pick-up is currently 1.3 tonnes, the trailer load is given as 3.4 and 5.0 tonnes depending on the variant.
European start uncertain
The production version of the Cybertruck has changed a lot compared to the premiere in 2019, but visually it corresponds to the angular design, which has attracted a lot of media attention and also aroused great interest among car customers. In the USA, Tesla is said to have more than a million pre-orders for the Cybertruck. It will probably take a few years before these are served.
There is still speculation about the question of whether the Cybertruck could officially come to Germany. As a spokeswoman for Tesla Germany responded to a request, there is still no information about a European launch. In the past, some experts have expressed skepticism about the Cybertruck’s potential market launch prospects, as it is unlikely to meet European safety requirements to protect pedestrians and other road users. The reasons given were the sheer mass, a stiff basic construction and the angular outer skin. Nevertheless, it will probably only be a matter of time before the first vehicles come to Europe as imported goods and receive approval for road traffic through individual acceptance. (Text: tv, mh/sp-x | Images: manufacturer)