Tesla's controversial cyber truck won't end up in the same segment as the hot-selling Ford F-150, but the two pickups will overlap in several key areas, including price. It remains to be seen whether they will attract the same buyers. Until then, let's look at how similar they are and how they differ completely.
Keep in mind that Tesla won't start building the Cybertruck until 2021. You can't go to the nearest Tesla store right now and do a test drive because it's not in production. We haven't even seen the production version of it. The comparison with the F-150 is largely hypothetical and all specifications listed here are subject to change.
Design and technology
The cybertruck takes the form of something the ancient Egyptians would build to bury their pharaohs. It breaks all ties to Tesla's current design language and it looks like nothing else on the street. Whether you love it or hate it, it's certainly a truck you can't ignore. It was unveiled with four doors, and it doesn't sound like Tesla is offering other cabin configurations (like one with two doors or with fold-down half doors). Its hold – known as the "vault" – is 6.5 feet long and is crowned by a tarpaulin that an adult can stand on.
It's a bit closer to Tesla's current cars when you step inside. The cabin can accommodate six passengers in two rows, and the dashboard is completely button-free thanks to a 17-inch infotainment system reminiscent of the Model 3. The Cybertruck also offers many of the technologies known to us, such as the autopilot suite of partially automated electronic driving aids. Video streaming and in-car games will also be available.
The current F-150 went into the 13th generation in 2015, so it is no longer the latest truck on the block and its successor is just around the corner. However, age has not affected its popularity. Sales in 2019 were 896,526.
Ford offers three cab options: Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew. The first two are available with either a 6.5-foot or an 8.0-foot cargo box, while the last are given a third 5.5-foot option. Inside and outside, the design strongly depends on the equipment variant chosen. It is a truck that has to be everything for everyone, so that it can be configured as a bare workhorse with steel wheels, unpainted bumpers and fabric upholstery, as an upscale country crosser that competes with German luxury cars in opulence or anything. The rough Raptor model gives the muscle car a unique touch with a model-specific front end, flared fenders, a desert-taming chassis and the most powerful engine in the series. While this sounds clichéd, there really is a truck for every need and budget.
How much technology Ford puts back in the cabin depends on the equipment variant chosen. The fully loaded F-150 has adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, touchscreen-based navigation, parking sensors, a 360-degree camera and a dynamic trailer coupling assistant that helps the driver to align a trailer coupling with the rear-view camera. The next model, which will appear in 2020, will get even more technical features, including an on-board generator.
Does it fit in your garage? You tell us The Cybertruck is 231.7 inches long, 79.8 inches wide and 75 inches tall. The F-150 is available in different body styles, so its footprint differs from model to model. It measures between 209 and 250 inches long, between 80 and 86 inches wide and between 75 and 78.5 inches tall.
Specifications and performance
Tesla will offer three variants of the truck, but these are not yet fully detailed. The specifications are fabulously vague. The most powerful cyber truck reaches 60 mph from a stop in 2.9 seconds, which is really crazy, and it runs the quarter mile in 11 seconds. These are numbers that we normally associate with super sports cars. These top models are supplied with three electric motors, which is very similar to the high-performance plaid drive of the S model.
Ford has started developing electric and hybrid versions of the F-150, which will be ready in 2021 at the earliest. In the meantime, buyers have one of the largest range of engines to choose from. The range includes a 290 hp V6, a 325 hp six-cylinder with two turbochargers, a 375 hp EcoBoost V6 with two turbochargers, a 5.0 liter V8 with a naturally aspirated engine and 395 hp and a powerful 450 hp V6 im Raptor available. If you want a diesel, Ford will provide a 3.0-liter V6 with 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque for a surcharge in some trim levels.
Drive options include rear or all-wheel drive, a standard or extended range fuel tank, and a six- or 10-speed automatic transmission. Note that not every configuration is available for every body style.
Range and towing
The maximum range of the Cybertruck is 250 miles for the entry-level model with rear-wheel drive, which is equipped with an electric motor, 300 miles for the middle class with double-engine all-wheel drive and up to 500 miles for the top equipment with three engines. Owners can pay to use the growing Tesla network of charging stations or recharge the battery (which will most likely be huge) at home.
Tesla has a trailer load of between £ 7,500 and £ 14,000 depending on the configuration, which means that it is likely to be a medium-duty Class 2B-3 truck. Class 2B trucks have a gross vehicle weight rating (the maximum vehicle operating weight) of between 8,501 and 10,000 pounds. This is a step above the F-150, a class 2A model. Here you will find larger models like the Super Duty of the F series (which can pull up to 37,000 pounds), the Ram 2500 and the twins Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra 2500. For this reason, the various videos in which the Cybertruck is a tug of war with an F-150 wins, imprecise and largely irrelevant.
There is one advantage Tesla has over Ford: the body of the cyber truck resists being hit by a sledgehammer and can withstand a few bullets. Not all, mind you. So ask who shoots what before going to a war zone.
At Ford, the combined fuel consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ranges from 16 MPG for an F-150 Raptor with all-wheel drive to 25 MPG for a model with turbo diesel and rear-wheel drive. This is not bad for a body-on-frame truck. In other words, the F-150 offers road drivers a maximum range of 900 miles and a range of 368 miles in its least efficient configuration. It can pull up to 3,270 pounds and haul 13,200 pounds.
Pricing and availability
Tesla expects the cyber truck to be delivered by the end of 2021, although there is a long history in which the deadlines have not been met. Prices start at $ 39,000, which is in the same range as the mid-range versions of its gasoline and diesel-powered competitors. The next model costs $ 49,000, and the top model with a three-engine powertrain costs $ 69,000. Buyers cannot apply for a federal tax credit because Tesla's incentives expired on December 31, 2019. If you want an early build slot, you can send the company a deposit of $ 100. You will confirm your order and configure your truck in the weeks before production begins.
It is too early to say where Tesla will build the cyber truck. It has been confirmed that the model will not be made in California, and a location in the American heartland is being sought to build a new factory. According to insiders, Texas is at the top.
The F-150 is permanently sewn into America's canvas. The entry-level XL, available immediately, costs $ 28,745. However, it is more of a construction site truck that you would rent from Home Depot than a comfortable cruiser that you enjoy driving every day. The hot-toed Raptor model starts at $ 53,455, while the Limited ventures into the luxury car field at $ 67.35.
Who's still in the game?
Although car companies like to talk about electric pickups, there isn't a single one you can buy new in 2020. All the models we saw or heard will arrive in the early 2020s. Alternatives to the Ford F-150 at the time of writing included the Ram 1500, which is available with a mild hybrid system, and the Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra twins. The Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan are also worth a look, but truck buyers' loyalty is stronger than in any other segment.
If everything goes according to plan, the category will skyrocket in the early 2020s. The Cybertruck's closest rival is the outdoor Rivian R1T (see picture above), which was unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Production was scheduled to start in 2020, but was postponed until 2021. Buyers looking for a more robust rig can take a look at the tonka-like Bollinger B2. It has a trailer load of 7,500 pounds and is full of clever features (like an end-to-end pass), but it starts at $ 125,000 – yikes. Alternatively, Lordstown Motor Corporation – a start-up that few have heard of before – has started taking orders for their electric vehicle.
General Motors is preparing to revive the Hummer name and connect it to an electric pickup that will be added to the GMC range. Finally, Ford will offer next generation electric and hybrid variants of the F-150.