It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two years since the introduction of the Tesla Cybertruck, where Elon Musk took a sledge to the stainless steel body of the stealth-fighter prototype before bashing the window with a metal ball. Some thought it would be released in 2021 before news of its delay until 2022. Well, time is quickly slipping by and there’s no hope of a Cybertruck roaming the streets any time soon. To be fair, Tesla has until December 31, 2022 to make its promise happen.
Yet, fans continue to believe that the Cybertruck “delay” is just that—a delay. Meanwhile, other electric truck manufacturers have fast-tracked their EV trucks and are already waving goodbye to the wedge-shaped truck. Tesla will still take your $100 fully refundable deposit for the general Cybertruck, but the once-live Cybertruck configurator is now off-line and has been replaced by a notification stating, “You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022.” Maybe Tesla can’t achieve the advertised Cybertruck prices, maybe it’s revamping options, or … who knows?
Pushing aside these fundamental questions regarding the Cybertruck’s future, brief footage of a Tesla Cybertruck testing at an alleged unconfirmed California location has recently surfaced, sparking a discussion on the Cybertruck Owners Club Forum. The brief video shows the prototype Cybertruck make a tight left turn on a barren tarmac and then come to a stop shortly thereafter.
Although the footage is blurry, we can see that this Cybertruck prototype has side mirrors. Musk and his team want the Cybertruck to have side cameras rather than traditional side mirrors, but there may be some complications with that. In a tweet, Musk addresses the issue of the mirrors: “They’re required by law, but designed to be easy to remove by owners.” The current thought is that the Cybertruck would come with a set of side cameras so owners could ditch the mirrors.
The footage also shows the Cybertruck testing four-wheel steer to make tight turns, hinting that the Cybertruck will indeed receive the feature. The GMC Hummer EV and Chevrolet Silverado EV also have four-wheel steering.
It’s hard to tell if this is the same prototype as originally revealed two years ago. Nothing has changed too drastically in terms of general design—it’s Cybertruck through and through—although some in the forum thread argue the dimensions look slightly different, nothing that that the bumper and grille area is not as thick, there’s less frunk surface area, and the windshield is longer. The prototype also seems to be running a different set of wheels and tires that may even be staggered (bigger in the back than front). It also has windshield wipers. The footage could be playing tricks on us, though.
As of now, there are more questions than answers regarding the Tesla Cybertruck. One thing’s for sure: The fan favorite machine from the future can do no wrong, and we hope mightily that it does not disappoint.
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