A Tesla Cybertruck was spotted on New York’s streets ahead of Elon Musk’s ‘SNL’ hosting gig

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck.

  • Tesla’s Cybertruck hit the streets of New York, according to images posted on Twitter.
  • The EV truck was spotted in the Meatpacking District of the city.
  • The appearance precedes the Tesla CEO’s stint on the show.
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Hours before Elon Musk’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut, a Tesla Cybertruck was spotted driving the streets of New York in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan.

The appearance precedes the Tesla CEO’s stint on the show on May 8.

An image taken by Steven Brennan was posted on Twitter to showcase the event, to which Musk replied: “Great pic.”

The EV prototype has only been spotted on a few rare occasions. In 2019, Musk was seen driving the truck to a restaurant in Los Angeles, per Electrek.

Then last month, the Cybertruck was seen at Tesla’s Gigafactory construction site in Texas, as reported by Electrek.

Ahead of the show, Teslarati reported that Musk appeared to coordinated an appearance for the Cybertruck to not only drive the streets of New York.

According to Tesla the Cybertruck is “the most powerful tool [they] have ever built.” It is a six-seater vehicle, made from “ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel” and “armor glass” and is able to hit 60mph in about 2.9 seconds on its tri-motor configuration. The starting price of the vehicle starts at $39,900 and goes up to $69,900, as Insider previously reported.

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Stream It says it has received pre-orders totaling $50 million for its Tesla Cybertruck RV add-on, CyberLandr

CyberLandr Forest with Chair
The chairs can be removed from the CyberLandr.

  • Steam It says pre-orders of its CyberLandr topped 1,000 in just first 15 days.
  • It added that it expects demand to reach 10,000 units in 2022.
  • The high-tech RV add-on comes with a shower, kitchen, and bed.
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A company selling a high-tech RV add-on for Tesla’s Cybertruck said demand is so high it has already pulled in pre-orders representing more than $50 million in future revenue.

Las Vegas-based analytics company Stream It designed the CyberLandr to make the Cybertruck multi-use so you can use it as a portable home for weekend trips or even in emergencies. It said the CyberLandr fits in normal parking spaces and comes with a shower, kitchen, and bed.

CyberLandr Kitchen
The CyberLandr has a compact kitchen space and comes with a smart TV.

It also has a water-filtration system, voice automation, and Starlink dish for internet access.

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Pre-orders launched in early April, with the first 20 costing $40,000, rising up gradually to its regular retail price of $50,000.

Steam It said customers placed more than 1,000 pre-orders in the first 15 days.

“We conservatively estimate demand for CyberLandr at more than 10,000 units in 2022,” Stream It’s CEO Lance King said.

He added that the company was working with lean-manufacturing consultants Munro and Associates, which he said would help Stream It cater to high demand, while delivering a high-quality product.

Steam It previously said it would manufacture the CyberLandrs in Texas, where Tesla also plans to make its Cybertrucks. It added that they will be ready for delivery around when Tesla begins shipping CyberTruck pre-orders, which is set to be late 2021, according to the company.

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This $50,000 attachment turns your Tesla Cybertruck into a campervan – and it even comes with a Starlink dish

CyberLandr Forest with Chair
The CyberLandr can be added to a Tesla Cybertruck.

  • Stream It has launched pre-sales for an attachment to turn a Tesla Cybertruck into a campervan.
  • The CyberLandr fits in normal parking spaces and comes with a shower, kitchen, and bed.
  • It also has a water-filtration system, voice automation, and Starlink dish for Internet access.
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Tesla’s Cybertruck hasn’t even got a release date yet – but a company has already launched pre-sales for a $50,000 attachment, which will turn the electric vehicle into a campervan for road trips.

Stream It, a Las Vegas-based analytics company, has designed the CyberLander to make the Cybertruck multi-use so you can use it as a portable home for weekend trips or even in emergencies.

Stream It says that, unlike most campervans, the CyberLandr fits in normal parking spaces and doesn’t obstruct outward visibility when you’re driving your Cybertruck.

Pre-orders are already available, with the first 20 costing $40,000, rising up gradually to its regular retail price of $50,000.

Steam It noted that the final production specifications haven’t yet been announced and that the product’s features could change. It said it will manufacture the CyberLandrs in Texas, where Tesla also plans to make its Cybertrucks.

They will be ready for delivery around when Tesla begins shipping CyberTruck pre-orders, which is set to be late 2021, according to the company.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the Cybertruck in November 2019, saying it could be “completely adaptable for your needs.” The company showed this by teasing its own rendering of the Cybertruck as a “Cybercamper” with a pull-out kitchen and pop-top roof.

Tesla Cybercamper
Tesla teased a mock-up of a Cybercamper in 2019.

Tesla has since remained silent on both the Cybercamper and the launch date of the Cybertruck, though a Canadian concept artist has created his own mock-ups of what it could look like. Steam It has now jumped in with an alternative.

The CyberLandr comes with a shower, voice automation, and Starlink dish

The CyberLandr is apparently easy to stow and pull out. When stowed, the CyberLandr disappears entirely within the bed of the Cybertruck, which, according to the company, means you can take it through more rugged terrain than most trailers.

The CyberLandr has a minimal impact on how far the vehicle can travel on one charge: The attachment, which has a dry weight of 1,200 lbs, only brings the vehicle’s range down by around 5%, Steam It says.

CyberLandr Mountain Stowed
Steam It says the CyberLandr isn’t visible when it’s stowed away.

Because of this, the CyberLandr is ideal for people who want to get off the grid, as well as for first responders, fishing trips, and even emergencies, Steam It says.

Inside, it has freestanding chairs that recline and transform into an RV-size queen bed. There is additional sleeping space underneath this, which Steam It says makes it suitable for two adults and two children, or three adults, and a 32-inch 4k UHD Smart TV, alongside surround sound audio.

During the day, the chairs can also be moved outside of the CyberLandr to enjoy the scenery.

CyberLandr Forest with Chair
The chairs can be removed from the CyberLandr.

The kitchen area contains more than 5 square feet of working space, an invisible induction cooktop, and a sink with a smart faucet you can control with your voice.

It has a “spa-style” recirculating shower, which Steam It says means you won’t run out of hot water. There is also a dry-flush toilet with a self-cleaning bowl. The bathroom area also comes with one heated porcelain floor tile.

You can top up the vehicle’s water supply using clear water from a stream or lake, which is then filtered by an on-board system with UV sterilization.

CyberLandr Kitchen
The CyberLandr has a compact kitchen space and comes with a smart TV.

The campervan attachment also comes with a range of technology, including a Starlink dish, developed by Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX, though CyberLandr owners will have to buy their own subscription to this.

Like the Cybertruck, the CyberLandr is completely powered by electricity and has built-in voice-activated controls, which let you change the climate and lighting and even dim its windows.

The CyberLandr is also controlled by an app, which you can use to deploy and stow the campervan attachment, as well as view its surround surveillance system. The company says the CyberLandr also supports over-the-air updates so it continues to improve over time.

Stream It is enthusiastically forging ahead but without a concrete release date for the Cybertruck, it remains to be seen whether the company’s strategy will all go to plan.

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Elon Musk says the new Cybertruck design won’t have any door handles

Tesla Cybertruck
The original design for the Tesla Cybertruck.

  • Elon Musk teased on Twitter that the updated Cybertruck would come without door handles.
  • The original design had the same handles as other Tesla production cars.
  • Musk said earlier in the month that more information would be available about the vehicle in April.
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Elon Musk hinted on Twitter that the Tesla Cybertruck will not have any door handles, which would be one of the most concrete design changes to the electric truck aside from the slight reduction of the vehicle’s overall measurements.

The original prototype of the Cybertruck had the same door handles as other Tesla models.

Handles on Tesla’s cars are already unique, as they remain flat against the car until the car key comes close to the vehicle, or if an individual pushes against a corner of the door handle when the car is already unlocked.

While Musk did not give any details on the technology that the car company may use to make a vehicle without door handles, Tesla has been studying self-opening and closing doors for a number of years.

Tesla’s Model X has had self-opening and closing doors since 2015, as well as “self-presenting” doors that open as the driver approaches the car.

The upcoming Tesla Roadster introduced a swiping button to open the door, so Musk could be referring to a similar setup for the Cybertruck.

The Cybertruck has been the subject of much anticipation and has been teased by Musk for several years, even before the truck made its official debut in November 2019.

Last fall, Musk said the Cybertruck’s latest design would be unveiled within a matter of months, though the photos were never released. He has previously mentioned that small changes were expected to the vehicle’s overall measurements.

In March, Musk said on Twitter the company would know more about the vehicles availability by the spring.

At Tesla’s third quarter earning call in January, Musk said the vehicle could hit the streets as soon as the end of 2021.

“We’re no longer iterating at the design center level…We’ve got the designs fixed,” Musk said. “We’ll soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck.”

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Elon Musk teases a Tesla Cybertruck availability update as soon as April

Tesla Cybertruck
Elon Musk unveils Tesla’s Cybertruck concept

Elon Musk on Saturday teased an update about the availability of Tesla’s forthcoming Cybertruck as soon as April.

“Update probably in Q2. Cybertruck will be built at Giga Texas, so focus right now is on getting that beast built,” the CEO said on Twitter in response to a question about the truck’s first deliveries.

 

In January, Musk said the F-150 competitor’s engineer was nearly finished and that Tesla would soon begin designing an assembly line to build it. 

“We’re no longer iterating at the design center level or design level,” he said. “We’ve got the designs fixed. We’re getting to — we’ll soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck work.”

Tesla’s newest factory near Austin, Texas, is currently under construction, with a completion date set for later in 2021. 

The futuristic-looking truck comes at a crucial time for Tesla, which is already beginning to lose ground to competitors. Electric pickups are a crucial hurdle in mass market battery adoption – and key profit center for competitors like Ford.

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Elon Musk says Tesla’s Cybertruck engineering is done and deliveries may start this year ‘if we get lucky’

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck.

  • Tesla’s Cybertruck could hit the road as early as this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday. 
  • On a conference call, Musk said the truck’s design is complete.
  • “If we get lucky, we’ll be able to do a few deliveries toward the end of this year, but I expect volume production to be in 2022,” he said. 
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Tesla’s controversial Cybertruck could hit streets as soon as this year -but don’t count on it.

Elon Musk, the carmaker’s CEO, said on an earnings call with investors Wednesday that the the electric pickup’s design and engineering are complete, and that Tesla will start building out manufacturing capacity for it soon. 

“We’re no longer iterating at the design center level…We’ve got the designs fixed,” Musk said. “We’ll soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck.”

Tesla will use an 8,000-ton casting machine for the pickup’s rear body, as opposed to the 6,000-ton press it uses for the Model Y, Musk said. Tesla plans to manufacture the Cybertruck at its Austin, Texas factory, which is currently being built and will be operational sometime this year, the automaker said in its fourth-quarter 2020 earnings report

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Musk teased the prospect of a Tesla pickup truck for years before the Cybertruck made its debut in November 2019. On Wednesday, Musk said the truck may enter very limited production this year, with full-scale production ramping up in 2022. 

“I think it’s going to be an incredible vehicle,” Musk said. “If we get lucky, we’ll be able to do a few deliveries toward the end of this year, but I expect volume production to be in 2022.”

But Musk has failed to deliver on aggressive vehicle timelines before; the Model X arrived two years late, and we’re still waiting for the Roadster and Semi. On the call, Musk acknowledged that showing off concepts is light work compared with manufacturing new vehicles at scale.

“Prototypes are easy, scaling production is very hard,” he said. 

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A former BMW and Ferrari designer critiques the Tesla Cybertruck: ‘Cold,’ ‘sterile,’ and ‘almost repulsive’

Tesla Cybertruck
The Cybertruck’s design doesn’t mesh with its environmentally sustainable message, Stephenson said.

  • Design legend Frank Stephenson criticized the Tesla Cybertruck as “sterile,” “isolating,” and “anti-environmentalist” in a video review of the pickup posted December 10. 
  • Stephenson has designed vehicles for brands including McLaren, Ferrari, Mini, and BMW. 
  • He said the Cybertruck may look futuristic now, but it will feel dated soon. 
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Tesla’s Cybertruck made waves when it debuted last year with a futuristic name and an angular, stainless steel body that looks like nothing else on the road. Polarizing as the truck may be, it has managed to rack up hundreds of thousands of reservations – but legendary car designer Frank Stephenson isn’t convinced. 

Stephenson has designed high-end cars for Ferrari, McLaren, and Maserati, along with more everyday vehicles for BMW, Mini, and Fiat. He criticized the Cybertruck as “sterile” and lacking character in a December 10 video on his automotive design-focused YouTube channel

Stephenson thinks that good design should reflect the natural world around it, and his main issue with the Cybertruck is that, to his eye, its heavy, angular design rejects nature, rather than embracing it. 

“The Cybertruck feels cold and isolated like a Mars rover that is protecting you from an almost externally inhospitable environment, yet it cannot protect you from the lifelessness of the outdoors as it somehow still finds a way to seep in,” Stephenson said. 

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The pickup’s security features – bulletproof windows and dent-proof panels – are built for a future where people want to shut themselves off from nature, rather than welcome it, he noted, adding that the truck’s design contradicts the sustainable and environmentally-friendly message an electric car should send. 

“The Cybertruck feels sterile and anti-environmentalist… which for an electric and sustainable vehicle feels counterintuitive,” Stephenson said. “It makes the design come across as a bit of a costume, making the whole thing feel almost gimmicky.”

He brings up the 2020 Buick Electra and the 1980 Citroen Karin concepts as examples of vehicles that look futuristic, but feel organic, inviting, and comfortable, as compared with the “brutality” of the Cybertruck. The curvy, sculpted Electra makes Tesla’s pickup seem “almost repulsive,” according to Stephenson. 

The Cybertruck may feel cutting-edge now, but Stephenson believes it will quickly become dated. He likened it to early PlayStation 1 video game graphics, which seemed realistic at the time, but look low-quality by today’s standards. 

“If technological progress does not march into the future hand in hand with nature, then it is not progress at all,” he said.  

Watch Stephenson’s critique of the Cybertruck below: 

 

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