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Tesla's Cybertruck accelerates faster than a Porsche

Tesla's pick-up looks like it's from a science fiction movie. 

Tesla Cybertruck, the electric pickup.
Tesla Cybertruck, the electric pickup

The electric car pioneer wants to meet the taste of US customers with this vehicle.

The electric car manufacturer Tesla has presented a pick-up for the first time. With this futuristic looking vehicle, the industry pioneer, Elon Musk wants to penetrate the most important market of American car companies.

Elon Musk announce the Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla's Cybertruck

With room for six passengers, the Cybertruck has an unusual triangular shape that is more reminiscent of a fighter jet than a classic pick-up. It is designed to carry more than 1.7 tons of weight on the loading platform with an acceleration from zero to almost 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.9 seconds. The range of the car is stated by Tesla as up to 800 kilometres with one battery charge.

Tesla set the base price rather low at just under 36,000 euros before taxes. In the top version with three engines, however, the price has already risen to around 63,000 euros. The standard version reaches 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and has a range of over 400 kilometres.

Tesla demonstrated in a video how the pick-up accelerates faster than a Porsche 911. The Cybertruck also won a tug-of-war with the latest Ford F-150 pick-up bestseller in the video. Production begins at the end of 2022

The body is made of ultra-hard stainless steel, said Tesla boss Elon Musk. To show how robust it is, Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen hit the car door with a sledge hammer without leaving a visible dent. The glass showed cracks when von Holzhausen threw a metal ball at it.

In the cockpit, similar to the current Model 3, the Cybertruck prototype only has a touch-sensitive screen in the middle. The steering wheel is square instead of round. The car has a pneumatic suspension - and the compressed air from the compressor can also be used, for example, for tools.

The heavy duty cars with mostly open loading areas are the central source of income for Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler in the USA. This is the market that must be tackled if the transition to electric mobility is to be achieved, Musk said.

Production of the top model with three engines is scheduled to start at the end of 2022. Tesla usually sells the more expensive versions of a vehicle at the start in order to recover the start-up costs more quickly. Tesla already accepts bookings for the pickup, this time only 100 Euros instead of the usual 1000 Euros have to be deposited. The company is currently preparing the launch of the compact SUV Model Y and more.

But Tesla is not the only manufacturer that wants to supply this lucrative market sector. The Rivian company plans to go into production next year with an electric pick-up. Ford and General Motors also intend to maintain their market share with electric versions of their models.