RECAP — Is Tesla’s Cybertruck the vehicle of the future?

Myah Elliott
Story by Myah Elliott • CBC Kids News • Published 2019-11-29 17:20

Inventor Elon Musk is back to shatter expectations and windows

Tesla unveiled its latest electric wonder and it’s a truck straight from the future.

Watch the latest episode of RECAP to hear sidekick Ariel Barrios break down the California company’s new invention, the Cybertruck. 

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The future is now

The Cybertruck has arrived, and the future looks … pretty square.

On Nov. 21, CEO Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s latest vehicle design to lots of hype.

The exterior of the vehicle is made of ‘ultra-hard, cold-rolled stainless-steel alloy.’ The steel was first developed for a rocket. Talk about space age technology. (Tesla)

This time it was an electric truck. Tesla says it has  “better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car.”

The Cybertruck’s performance did come with a few hiccups, though.

Like the “bulletproof” glass cracking during a live demonstration where metal balls were thrown at the windows.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed shocked that the Cybertruck’s glass shattered, but he joked, ‘It didn’t go through, that’s the plus side.’ (Ringo H.W. Chiu/The Associated Press)

Futuristic Features

The Cybertruck — which looks like it came straight out of the video game Halo or the movie Bladerunner — is still in the prototype stage, meaning it’s still in development.

Not set to release until late 2021, the Cybertruck already boasts some impressive, futuristic features.

Tesla says the exterior of the truck, referred to as the exoskeleton, is “nearly impenetrable.”

RECAP sidekick Ariel Barrios noted that the Cybertruck has no curves. What do you think of the angular design? (Tesla)

The top-tier model is set to cost more than $90,000 Cdn, and can go from zero to 95 km/h in less than 2.9 seconds.

All this speed, with a range of 800 km on a single charge.

RECAP sidekick Ariel Barrios is a fan of Tesla’s latest tekky truck.

“This is a new era for trucks,” he said.

Myah and Ariel discuss their dream cars and whether the Cybertruck is worth all the hype on this week’s RECAP. (CBC)

The Ford F-Series trucks, which run on gasoline, have dominated North American truck sales for decades.

Tesla’s latest release is said to be a major competitor to the Ford legacy.

Ford has been making trucks since 1917. Here’s the Ford Model TT Truck from 1918. Talk about a throwback! (Ford)

Truck tug of war

Taking direct aim at Ford trucks, Musk released a video of the new Cybertruck appearing to pull and tow the popular F-150 Ford truck uphill.

Since the video release, one of Ford’s vice-presidents called out Musk, asking for a real “apples to apples” test, claiming that the video didn’t show a fair truck fight.

YouTuber Jason Fenske, who has built his Engineering Explained channel explaining how cars work from the perspective of a mechanical engineer, posted a video on Nov. 26 explaining that the tug-of-war experiment was “meaningless.”

The video, which was trending on YouTube this week, suggested that Tesla’s performance had nothing to do with the Cybertruck being stronger and everything to do with the laws of physics.

Want to take the Cybertruck for a spin?

Sidekick Ariel thinks you better pack some patience.

The year 2021 isn’t too far off, but Tesla — a giant in technology and innovation — isn’t known for sticking to deadlines.

“They aren’t always punctual,” said Ariel.

Fear not. The glass might have shattered, but your dreams don’t have to.

For $150 Cdn, you can put your name on a long waiting list for the Cybertruck.

According to Musk, 250,000 trucks have been pre-ordered in North America.

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About the Contributor

Myah Elliott
Myah Elliott
Myah Elliott is the host of RECAP, a weekly video roundup of buzzed-about news and pop culture that is powered by CBC Kids News. She’s one of the biggest movie fans you’ll ever meet and she also loves music. You won’t catch Myah relaxing too often because she’s on a gap year and fills her time with a part-time job, thrifting, TikToking and learning all she can about marketing and social media. Episodes of #CBCRECAP are uploaded right here every Friday and are also on CBC TV and CBC Gem on Saturdays.