Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cybertruck?
The Tesla Cybertruck has been on the receiving end of a crazy amount of attention since its release in November of 2019. Its futuristic look alone is pretty scary to some, and there’s no doubt that this is one of the gnarliest trucks the world has ever seen. In fact, it’s so much truck that it might actually be something to worry about.
As of March 7, 2020, around 500,000 reservations for these monstrous metallic beasts have been purchased, according to Econo Times. Only $100 reserves a truck. They’ve sold like hot cakes and Tesla continues to sell them daily by the thousands.
For example, in the first week after the release of the Cybertruck right around half a million reservation units were sold. One thing is becoming clearer by the day, and that’s the sheer number of these we are projected to see on the road after the coming release.
Is the Cybertruck safe?
The Cybertruck has been said to weight almost 3 tons. This isn’t hard to believe considering Tesla’s Model X weighs in at 5,300 pounds. The Cybertruck’s stainless steel exoskeleton and Tesla’s standard modern technology will definitely make the Tesla Cybertruck a heavy truck.
So let’s take all that weight and give it an insane 800 horsepower engine, right? Of the first 250,000 reservations sold, over 40% were for the tri motor option. This is an electric motor that goes 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds. That’s a spec usually unique to supercars. This combination is beginning to sound a bit terrifying.
True, in the event of an accident anyone inside the Cybertruck is likely to be unscathed. Not the same can be said of pedestrians or other vehicles. Thankfully, Tesla’s cutting edge technology has a laser focus on safety, and the Tesla Cybertruck’s safety tech will prevent as much as it’s capable of preventing.
This heavy load will barrel down the highway at wild speeds. With that image in mind, it’s a little comforting to think that in addition to a state-of-the-art safety suite this massive metal machine comes equipped with a completely independent adjustable rear suspension.
Ok, so it will handle with ease, as well as sport a nice low center of gravity because of its battery placement below the wheel hubs. This should make it less likely to roll than other pickup trucks. These details will factor into the Cybertruck’s safety, for sure. But we’re still a bit wary.
What are people trading in for a Cybertruck?
The video below makes a Cybertruck comparison with the crazy Ford 5-150 Shelby Super Snake. I also points out that most trucks sit up a little higher than the Cybertruck.
As far as trade-ins go, the video suggests that it will probably be the Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, Ford F-150, and Nissan Frontier drivers who will account for many of the people upgrading their daily driver to the Tesla Cybertruck.
Watch how this video calls the Tesla Cybertruck a “recipe for disaster.” Be aware who’s looking over your shoulder, though. This video has a couple words that are a bit on the PG-13 side.
Who’s afraid of the big bad Cybertruck?
There are about 500,000 people out there that are obviously not afraid to reserve one of these Tesla Cybertruck’s for themselves. But will everyone else learn to fear this heavy load with all that performance power? Yeah, maybe.