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9 Reasons You Should Actually Love the Tesla Cybertruck
By: Tori Highley
Image: Tesla, Inc.
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The internet is buzzing about the Cybertruck unveiling; much of the buzz is about how bad the truck looks! Looks aren't everything though, and Musk's unveiling revealed exactly why this truck is the most important vehicle of this century. Take a look and find out why you should order the Cybertruck now!
Adaptive air suspension comes standard.
Adaptive air suspension is one of the few features Elon Musk felt should be heavily focused on, and he fully explained the environmental impact that this can have. While it has been offered as options on trucks and SUVs for a little while, Tesla is making it a standard feature of its truck. This pivot is important, as it allows the truck to actually adapt the way everyone has needed their trucks to adapt since the time of that beautiful first truck Elon flashed at the beginning of the presentation. This move will show American truck manufacturers like Ford and RAM that Americans need more flexibility in their trucks.
Bulletproof(ish) = Ding-proof
Musk was pretty intent on having his buddy Hans beat up his truck Thursday night, and the exhibition showed why. He made his truck of "ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel," and proceeded to show us exactly what that meant. The sledgehammer *maybe* dented the door of the Cybertruck, and when the F-150 door got the same treatment, it crumpled. The 9mm handgun wasn't demonstrated at the event, but the video was pretty convincing. If the door can survive a bullet, ordinary little dings that everyone just deals with simply aren't an issue with the Cybertruck. This truck is *actually* built for the job site, where rocks go flying and trucks get beaten up and scratched all the time. It's a major innovation by Musk that the truck is made tougher than Ford tough.
Those smashed windows will still save lives.
Even though Musk really biffed his big window reveal, people are missing the point of those windows. That metal sphere became a single point of contact, and it didn't go through the window. While the windows aren't *bulletproof*, they are going to prevent big debris from going through the windows. This means those Final Destination-type car accidents won't be fatal, and the damage they do is merely to your bank account and NOT your life.
An electric that TOWS!
While Tesla is known for cars that have great racetrack performance, it takes a lot of power to tow 3,500 pounds. We expected a truck from Tesla, but we didn't expect a practical, working-class truck from Tesla. While Musk's promise of infinite "pulling" capacity is skeptical, the actual towing capacity of this truck rivals and exceeds the workhorses America uses every day, for less money and a much better carbon impact.
Accessory after the fact
The ATV prototype unveil was big even if it was a tiny portion of the entire presentation, and when it rolled up into the bed of the truck, the Cyberquad made the Cybertruck automatically cooler, like putting racing stripes on a muscle car. It's this kind of "accessory" that Tesla seems to be betting on to make their truck popular. The Tesla site has already hinted at RV and camper designs for later launch, which would bring this truck to joyrides on top of the job sites it's designed for. If you are a leisure truck owner, it would pay to keep your eye on this one!
The tonneau cover, guys.
The "magic tonneau cover" is strong enough for a grown man to stand on it, according to Tesla, which should be impressive to truck owners who have had to add aftermarket covers. Since tonneau covers are largely used to improve gas mileage, bets are on that Tesla makes this cover standard, to deliver the ranges that they promised Thursday night.
Self-driving is a feature Musk has been pushing in all of his cars for a while, so it's not shocking that this truck would end up with the feature. While it is an additional 7k on the price of the truck, it should save you plenty of money on the future price of the feature. Leaving it off of the truck's base model is a smart move though, when so many of the other great features are standard. The Americans who need this truck are not the kind to trust self-driving software, much less want it in their vehicle. This truck is going to off-roaders, who love driving their car, and enthusiasts would be turned off by the feature.
"One more thing" was actually a lot of things.
The Cyberquad. The ATV that fulfills everyone's dream of being Batman. It's effing cool, even if you think the Cybertruck isn't. And it's got all the power it needs to stand out in performance against its gassy competitors. And as a bonus to the ATV reveal, we saw the Cybertruck's built-in bed ramp displayed and its retractable tonneau bed cover in action. Don't forget the outlet in the truck bed, as they plugged the Cyberquad in to charge quicker than people could actually pay attention. This little bugger makes the Cybertruck look way cooler, even if it's pretty bitchin' on its own, and is only available as a Cybertruck option.
Truck of the Future
Regardless of its looks, the Cybertruck is a launch point for American auto innovations in the upcoming decade. This truck is a challenge to Ford, RAM, GMC, and everyone else to do better, not just for the environment but also for the consumer. If conventional automakers aren't interested in getting up to snuff, Tesla could be the truck manufacturer of the future.
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