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Elon Musk sheds new light on Tesla Cybertruck details

The electric truck will look "almost exactly" like the concept vehicle, Musk says

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Tesla boss Elon Musk has shed some new light on the upcoming Cybertruck, revealing how it will gain a feature to help it take on the new electric Hummer.

The electric truck was revealed by Tesla in November 2019, but little has been seen on the vehicle since. An update on Tesla's development of the Cybertruck is expected at some point in 2021.

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Tweeting over the weekend, Musk finally shed some new light on what to expect from the Cybertruck. Surprisingly, the Tesla boss says the vehicle will "be almost exactly what was shown." This suggests the striking design of the truck will change very little between concept and mass production.

This is unusual in the automotive industry, where car manufacturers tend to reveal concept vehicles that are designed without the need to comply with safety regulation and manufacturing restrictions. Production vehicles tend to look quite different to their concept relatives.

It will be interesting to see if the Tesla Cybertruck is sold in as many regions as the company's electric cars. At its 2019 reveal it was claimed by some observers that the Cybertruck's design would not meet the production vehicle regulations of some markets.

Musk also said how the Cybertruck will be fitted with rear wheel steering, "so it can do tight turns and maneuver with high agility."

This feature is also fitted to the upcoming electric Hummer, turning the rear wheels so that it can drive diagonally in straight lines; GMC calls this 'crab mode'. Rear wheel steering is also used by some sports and supercars, where the rear wheels steer a few degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels to increase agility at low speed. They then steer in the same direction as the front wheels to improve stability at higher speed.

Musk ended his tweet with: "Lot [sic] of other great things coming."


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