Let me start off by saying that I’ve never been one to feel that pickup trucks are functional for day-to-day driving but the Tesla Cybertruck may be the one to change my mind.
One, I’m not hauling cargo so the truck bed is wasted space that could be better suited elsewhere. Two, I’m not hauling cargo so having a lower MPG rating for a traditional pickup truck just doesn’t make economic sense. Three, I’m not hauling cargo… Well, you get the picture.
As with many other people, when I first saw the unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck, I wasn’t sure if that was just a prototype concept look or the actual deal. Well, it’s the actual deal and it’s growing on me.
Elon Musk is, again, changing the industry and for the better. He is a visionary that is not afraid to put forth his vision even though it may or may not pan out financially for him. The thing I like about him is that he’s pushing forward past the supposed “boundaries” set by other companies that continued to say “it’s impossible” or “can’t be done”. This is the only way that we as mankind can continue to move forward.
Ok, coming back to the Cybertruck. The look is definitely something that reminds me of a vehicle that would belong in a future dystopia, post-apocalyptic, game. And its actual design features would actually fit that genre.
The exterior shell of the Cybertruck is tough, to put it mildly. Its thick stainless steel body can withstand quite a punch as shown at the launch event where they swung a sledgehammer directly against the door of the car and nothing happened. Not a dent.
The windows are also tough and independent tests have shown this. However, there was a kink at the event where they threw a large metal ball at the windows and it shattered. The same metal ball was dropped on the windows in a separate test and the glass did not shatter. So, Elon’s got some work to do to figure this out before it goes into production.
One of the optional features that were mentioned was the addition of solar panels. This, in my opinion, would be a great feature. The only question would be how long would it take to recharge the vehicle strictly from those panels on a nice sunny day.
All in all, this car was made to survive the end of the world. You don’t need gas. You may not need a charging station with the optional solar panel feature.
I’m not a prepper but I wouldn’t be surprised if this could be considered a prepper’s dream car.