new feature for Cybertruck: While Tesla Cybertruck buyers are waiting to hear if they will get their pickup before the end of the year, CEO Elon Musk recently announced a new feature on the vehicle.
Musk said on Twitter in response to an inquiry about the Cybertruck that while the futuristic all-electric pickup will be produced “almost exactly as it was presented” at the November 2019 launch, the design team will also add rear steering to improve maneuverability.
Musk didn’t elaborate on the Cybertruck’s rear steering, so we’ll have to wait and see if it replicates the “CrabWalk” mode of the yet-to-be-launched GMC Hummer EV, which turns the front and rear wheels in the same direction for diagonal driving.
Alternatively, the Cybertruck’s “incoming steering” feature could force the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction from the front wheels, which would reduce the turning radius.
Bringing this feature to the large-sized Cybertruck certainly makes sense, and some will wonder why Tesla didn’t announce it in the beginning. Without this feature, Cybertruck drivers would attract attention not only for their unusual appearance, but also for the 9-point U-turn they have to perform every time they try to enter a narrow parking space.
Depending on Tesla’s design, the rear-wheel steering feature could also be discreetly triggered at higher speeds, with the rear wheels moving in the same direction as the front wheels for a smoother lane-to-lane transition.
In his tweet, Musk also promised “many other great things that will appear” in the Cybertruck, though he declined to go into detail.
Tesla will produce the Cybertruck at a plant under construction in Austin, Texas, and the electric car company plans to bring the vehicle to market by the end of this year.
According to the company, more than half a million people have pre-ordered the pickup, which currently requires only a $100 deposit rather than any substantial payment.
The pickup comes in three versions: a $39,900 version with one electric motor, 250 miles of range and 7,500 pounds of towing capacity.
The $49,900 dual-electric-motor version offers a 300-mile range and 10,000-pound towing capacity, and it has proven the most popular among those placing orders, according to Tesla officials.
The most expensive Cybertruck costs $69,900. It is a three-engine model with 500 miles of range and a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.
The car’s striking design got off to a bad start when a stunt that was supposed to emphasize the strength of its windows went awry during the presentation.
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