After frequent teases over the past couple of weeks, CNBC have today released the full segment of the Tesla Cybertruck appearing on the show Jay Leno’s Garage. We get some new angles and glimpses of exterior and interior details in full daylight, and can see the Cybertruck’s impressive ‘greenhouse’ for the first time.
Other than giving us a closer look at the Tesla Cybertruck than we’ve seen before, there aren’t any new technical details beyond what was already released back at the reveal event in November 2019. However, the segment was shot mainly in full daylight conditions, allowing us the clearest view yet of many small details such as headlights, wheels, tires, steering wheel, and the rear loading bed with its motorized cover.
Especially noticeable is the huge amount of light and visibility from within the cabin from the large side windows as well as from the huge panoramic roof (the ‘greenhouse’), which Jay remarks upon.
There’s been some back and forth in recent months over whether the November 2019 version of the Tesla Cybertruck might see the overall size reduced by 3% to 5% or so.
The Jay Leno’s Garage segment was filmed back in late January, with images of the film shoot shared on twitter at the time:
— Tesladorian☀️ 🈴 (@Supermantibody) January 25, 2020
As we can see in the video segment, back during the January film shoot Elon Musk was thinking in terms of reducing the size by around 5%, saying the truck “has got to fit in a normal garage.”
Even as recently as late April, a modest nip and tuck of the Tesla Cybertruck proportions has still been on the agenda, with Musk mentioning a 3% size reduction:
Reduced size by ~3%, center line is more level & lower window sill height
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2020
Most recently Musk said that after a review with Tesla head of design Franz von Holzhausen, they decided that even a 3% size reduction would be “too small,” and the production version of the Cybertruck size would remain essentially unchanged from the original. However, he added that, “We’ll probably do a smaller, tight world truck at some point.”
Reviewed design with Franz last night. Even 3% smaller is too small. Will be pretty much this size. We’ll probably do a smaller, tight world truck at some point.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2020
If you want an engineer’s perspective on the merits of the unusual Tesla Cybertruck design, take a look at Sandy Munro’s recent video that Johnna covered earlier this week.
From a purely economic perspective, the Cybertruck has several advantages over the best selling vehicle in the US, the Ford F150 pickup truck, as we discussed in our post-reveal analysis back in November. If you’re needing a pickup truck sometime in the next 18 to 24 months, it’s probably worth your while to seriously consider the Tesla Cybertruck which will start from $39,900.
My pick of the humorous and quirky Elon quotes from the Jay Leno’s Garage segment:
“If you want to mount a missile launcher or something, you can do that.”
“When the apocalypse comes, you’ll be glad it’s bulletproof. We want to be a leader in apocalypse technology.”