Musk Hints At Military Use For Tesla's Cyberpunk Pickup Truck

Musk Hints At Military Use For Tesla's Cyberpunk Pickup Truck

November couldn't possibly get any more exciting for electric vehicle officianados and politicians out to "save the weekend": The official launch date for Elon Musk's pet project, the Tesla "Cyber-truck" electric pickup (aka ute in Australia) has been set for November 21. And the much awaited event will be held in a fortnight, early Thursday (Australian time). If that date sounds familiar, it's because Blade Runner references it - and it's smack-bang in the middle of the Los Angeles motor show's media days.

Musk has been quite vocal about the key properties of Tesla's first pick-up, confirming in tweets over recent months that it will have a target price of $US50,000 - because "you should be able to buy a really great truck for $49k or less".

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The unrelenting nods to 1980s cult science-fiction memes also add to the suspense about the truck's final design. Musk described it as "heart-stopping" with a "cyberpunk" look and feel.

In terms of functionality and performance, Tesla strives to make the new pickup truck to be a better truck than Ford F-150 and a better sports auto than the standard Porsche 911, Musk said earlier this year. According to The Verge, the truck will seat six, offer between 400 to 500 miles of range and start at around $50,000. At one point, when a Twitter user asked Musk if Tesla was working on a pickup the executive said, "What if we just made a mini version of the Tesla Semi?"

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