Buy a black Tesla Cybertruck for an extra 6500 and

Buy a black Tesla Cybertruck for an extra $6,500, and the pickup can also power a home or charge another electric car

The “second phase of presentation” of the Tesla Cybertruck made it possible, after a four-year break, to learn only a few details about the capabilities and characteristics of the long-awaited electric vehicle, whose sales are still measured in just dozens of units. What is already clear is that you can change the color of the body for $6,500 and the pickup’s electrical system was originally designed to supply external consumers with a total output of up to 11.5 kW.

    Image source: Tesla

Image source: Tesla

All these details were shared by the resource Electrics after completing the official presentation of the Cybertruck. It’s worth starting with the most trivial moments. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, once said this in reference to Henry Ford “Body paint Cybertruck can be anything as long as it doesn’t exist.. This complicated wording obscured the fact that stainless steel panels are not covered with paint and varnish because this is technologically difficult and they do not formally require corrosion protection, so all Cybertrucks from production come off the assembly line unpainted.

Initially, it was proposed to give the car individuality by applying a polyurethane film to the body panels, which is more durable than vinyl, has better protective properties and is also less harmful to the environment during subsequent disposal. Tesla began testing services for applying multi-colored films to existing models of electric vehicles in the United States a few months ago. It cost $ 7,500 to give the Model Y and Model 3 an unusual color in this way, but in the case of the Tesla Cybertruck, the simplification of the process due to the presence of smooth surfaces on the body was able to compensate for their total area increases, and that Company offers to cover the pickup with foil for $6,500. Only some Tesla service centers in the US will do this, but their number will gradually increase.

Buyers currently have the choice of white and black semi-gloss polyurethane films for $6,500, but you can get by for $5,000 if you choose a clear film. Of course, you can get this service at numerous third-party repair shops, and probably cheaper, but Tesla simply keeps its promise and makes a certain selection of Cybertruck colors available upon purchase.

Another interesting accessory is a sticker that mimics the mark created when a metal ball hits the left rear door glass of a pickup truck. You can buy this sticker from the Tesla brand store for $55; He will recreate an incident that occurred four years ago, when company representatives, in the first phase of the Cybertruck presentation, tried to demonstrate the capability of bulletproof glass on the doors of a pickup truck to withstand impacts from metal objects. By the way, a crack appeared in the glass of the driver’s door at that time, but for better visibility it was forbidden to put a sticker on it, so the accessories were adapted for the left rear door. By the way, at today’s presentation of the Cybertruck, a company representative gently threw a baseball against the side windows, so Tesla still did not dare to reproduce the conditions of the experiment four years ago.

According to some bloggers received from Tesla representatives, the Cybertruck pickup in its maximum configuration is equipped with a traction battery with a capacity of 123 kWh, but official information about this is not yet available. As we saw today, the dual-motor version of the Cybertruck has a range of 547 km, which is significantly less than what was announced in 2019 but is quite predictable for an electric vehicle of this size.

As Electrek explains, another important feature of the pickup is support for the Powershare function, which combines the ability to power various devices as well as an entire house or charge another electric vehicle using the Cybertruck’s traction battery. The pickup is equipped with five sockets. There are two 120-volt sockets with a maximum current of 20 A in the cabin and in the cargo area; the strongest 240-volt socket with a maximum current of 40 A is in the cargo area. All of this allows the pickup to deliver up to 9.6kW of power via the specified outputs.

However, if you use proprietary stationary chargers, the machine can deliver 11.5 kW of power, capable of powering an entire house or even feeding electricity into the public grid. The Tesla Powerwall household charger, which is installed in the homes of many owners of electric vehicles of this brand, already offers a similar function. By the way, it has a built-in battery with a capacity of 13.5 kWh, which is not significant compared to the traction battery of a pickup truck. If a household does not use more than 30 kWh per day, the Cybertruck’s traction battery will last for more than three days.

A NEMA 14-50 socket is installed in the pickup’s cargo area, for which the maximum power of the connected consumers when using a single-phase network is specified as 9.6 kW. With a mobile charger, the owner of another electric vehicle can slowly recharge their car’s charge from the Tesla Cybertruck’s traction battery. Incidentally, the advantages of the 800 V on-board electrical system, with which you can accelerate the charging of the pickup yourself, can only be used at Supercharger V4 charging stations, of which there are not yet many, even in the USA. Additionally, many Tesla charging stations are designed so that you have to back up to the charging stations, which is inconvenient when towing a trailer with a Cybertruck. With this in mind, Tesla will have to seriously adapt its charging infrastructure to take advantage of the new model.

What is interesting is that the Tesla Cybertruck can actually only achieve the range figures promised in 2019 by using an additional battery pack, which is installed in the cargo area for an additional charge and reduces its total usable length by around a third. The rear-wheel drive modification of the car does not rely on it at all, and the two-engine version can be equipped with such a “stroke extender” for an unspecified amount of money, and then the estimated mileage without recharging increases from 544 to 752 km. In this case, the three-motor version of the pickup increases the range from 512 to 704 km. Apparently the capacity of the additional battery pack does not exceed 30 or 40 kWh.

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