Tesla Cybertruck Gets Tri-Motor Option, Slated to Weigh over 9,000 Pounds

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The 2024 Tesla Cybertruck has certainly generated a lot of talk and speculation as we inch closer to an actual release date, and thanks to VIN documents released by the NHTSA and uncovered by a keen-eyed user on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum, we have more details about the oddly-shaped electric truck. The most intriguing revelation is that this highly anticipated electric truck can now be configured with a formidable Tri-Motor setup, pushing its weight to over 9,000 pounds.

When diving into the intricacies of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), it becomes apparent that digits 6 and 8 hold significant information. Digit 6 specifies the vehicle’s gross weight rating, designated as ‘G’ for weights ranging from 8,001 to 9,000 pounds and ‘H’ for weights between 9,001 and 10,000 pounds. Meanwhile, digit 8 signifies the motor and drive unit, with ‘D’ indicating Dual Motor Standard and ‘E’ denoting Tri-Motor Performance.

The imminent arrival of the Cybertruck has been eagerly anticipated, with Elon Musk recently announcing that deliveries are set to commence on November 30, marking four years since its initial unveiling. This extended wait has only intensified the curiosity surrounding what Tesla has managed to produce.

Interestingly, recent news from an undisclosed source and reiterated on the Cybertruck forum hinted at a deviation from expectations, with the Cybertruck opting for the Tri-Motor setup rather than the Quad-Motor route, reminiscent of the Model S Plaid. The VIN data appears to corroborate these reports, although it’s crucial to keep in mind that this model’s setup will likely diverge significantly due to its unique higher voltage architecture.

As for the Cybertruck’s considerable weight, it’s hardly surprising. Electric pickups, in general, have been battling the scale as they strive for improved efficiency and performance. The Cybertruck’s Dual-Motor drivetrain is expected to fall within the 8,000 to 9,000-pound category, while the Tri-Motor version should tip the scales in the 9,000 to 10,000-pound range. However, variations may arise based on different battery and wheel options, offering some flexibility to prospective buyers. Also, if the Cybertruck claims to have bulletproof body panels, there will be a weight penalty to be paid.

In terms of size, the Cybertruck is projected to be longer and taller than the Rivian R1T but not as wide. It’s expected to occupy a middle ground in size, somewhere between a GMC Hummer EV and the Ford Lightning. Regardless of its precise dimensions, the Cybertruck is set to be a head-turner, destined to stand out prominently wherever it’s parked. With its distinctive design, it’s poised to become the new “Look at me!” truck, ready to make a statement on the roads.


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