Tesla boss Elon Musk said Friday that the electric car maker’s highly anticipated Cybertruck would come with a high-end four-engine variant.
“First production will be a 4-engine variant, with independent, ultra-quick torque response control from each wheel,” Musk said in a statement. tweet.
Musk called the electric pickup an “insane tech bandwagon,” Musk said the Cybertruck would have both front and rear-wheel steering that “not just (turns) like a tank — it can drive diagonally like a crab.”
The vehicle would compete with pickup trucks such as GMC’s Hummer EV, Ford’s F-150 Lightning and Rivian’s R1T. Of these, R1T is powered by four separate motors that power all four wheels and GMC’s Hummer can drive diagonally.
Tesla’s pickup truck, first announced in 2019, is made of stainless steel used in rockets, and Musk has touted that he received several hundred thousand orders for the Cybertruck when pre-orders opened.
Musk said he would provide updates on the product roadmap during the next revenue call. The production of Cybertrucks is expected to start next year and reach volume production in 2023.
The company has so far avoided a major crisis due to supply chain problems and the global shortage of semiconductors, problems that have hurt old automakers.