Tesla taking Canadian deposits for its futuristic Cybertruck

Nov 22 2019, 1:13 pm

If you have a spare $150 CAD, you can reserve your own Tesla Cybertruck when they come into production in late 2021.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s electric pickup truck to cheering fans in Los Angeles Thursday evening. The livestreamed reveal suffered a gaffe though, when the vehicle’s supposedly armoured glass windows shattered during a demonstration.

The metal ball that Tesla’s Head of Design Franz von Holzhausen threw at the window “didn’t go through, that’s the plus side,” Musk remarked on stage, adding “there’s room for improvement.”

Elon Musk Cybertruck

Cybertruck reveal / Youtube

The exterior exoskeleton is made of the same steel as the Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, uses for its Starship rocket. That stood the test when von Holzhausen took a hammer to it.

According to Tesla, the truck was designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car.

Tesla Cybertruck

Cybertruck / Tesla

The entry-level version, priced at $39,900 USD ($53,046 CAD) can accelerate to 96 kilometres per hour in 6.5 seconds and tow 3,400 kilograms. Its battery has a range of 402 kilometres, similar to one tank of gas in a traditional vehicle.

The more expensive dual motor and tri motor versions also come with all wheel drive.

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Tesla has been accepting pre-orders for the vehicles online since the reveal. You can add on full self-driving for $9,200 CAD, although all models come with autopilot included. The deposit costs $150 CAD (American customers need only pay $100 USD to reserve their truck).

According to Tesla’s website, the trucks will come into production in late 2021.

The three models are priced at $39,900 USD, $49,900 USD, and $69,900 USD. Tesla hasn’t posted total prices on its Canadian ordering website. Although $39,900 USD works out to $53,046 CAD today, conversion rates could fluctuate before the trucks become available.