Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to the top version of the Cybertruck as ‘Plaid’ and he said that he will be driving the new electric pickup.
For a long time, Tesla was a single model automaker with only one car in production.
From 2008 to 2012, the company only produced the Roadster, and from 2012 to 2015, it only produced the Model S before the Model X came to market.
Today, Tesla is selling four different models: Model S, Model X, Model 3 and now Model Y, and each of those models is available in different variants for more performance.
Even before the Model Y hit the market, Musk has been saying that the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup is his favorite “next Tesla product”.
That’s despite the fact that Tesla has the next-gen Roadster coming.
Now Musk hyped a Tesla ‘Plaid Cybetruck’ on Twitter:
Plaid Cybertruck is what I will drive
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 9, 2020
It’s the first time Tesla or Musk has referred to a ‘Plaid’ version of the Cybertruck – though the automaker has previously confirmed that a tri-motor version of the electric pickup truck, which is a feature of the ‘Plaid’ Tesla.
Previously, Tesla called the top version of the Cybertruck ‘Tri Motor AWD’:
As previously discussed, Tesla’s new Plaid powertrain consists of a 3 electric motor setup that the automaker has been testing in the new Roadster and more recently, in new Model S prototypes.
On the Model S, the Plaid version is also expected to feature other performance components and a modified body.
Tesla said that it plans to launch the two higher-end versions of the Cybertruck in late 2021.
Those two electric trucks will have between 300 and 500 miles of range and start at $49,000.
According to a tally of Cybertruck reservations, over 40% of reservation holders are most interested in the tri-motor AWD version of the electric pickup truck, which starts at $69,000.
Tesla plans to build a new factory to produce the Cybertruck, but the company has yet to announce a location for the new ‘Cybertruck Gigafactory‘.
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