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