Days after its unique launch event in Los Angeles, the Cybertruck is still on everyone's lips, and Elon Musk is revealing additional information about the electric truck on his personal Twitter account to increase awareness of the curiously built utilitarian vehicle. When questioned about the likelihood of a smaller model, Elon Musk acknowledged it might occur in the future.
The potential of a baby Cybertruck shouldn't get you too excited just yet because it will take some time given that the conventional model won't start manufacturing until the end of 2023. The $69,900 premium model with the tri-motor AWD arrangement will require even more patience because it won't be ready for production until late 2022.
In a separate tweet, Elon Musk said that there won't be any new product announcements for some time, which is another reason why a more compact electric truck from Tesla is unlikely to materialize very soon.
Dimensions of Tesla Cybertruck smaller version
The Tesla prototype is 231.7 inches long, 79.8 inches wide, and 75 inches tall. It has a maximum approach angle of 35 degrees, a maximum departure angle of 28 degrees, and a maximum ground clearance of 16 inches.
Trip Chowdhry estimates that this scaled-down version will be 20% smaller than the one that was unveiled for the first time in November 2019. Steel Dynamics, located around 100 miles away from Tesla's Texas Gigafactory, where the Cybertrucks will be produced, will construct the bodies of both trucks.
Will the smaller Tesla Cybertruck have any advantages?
- Given that the normal pickup is a huge guy at 230.9 inches (5.86 meters) and a massive wheelbase spanning 149.9 inches, it makes perfect sense that Tesla already has a smaller Cybertruck in the back of its mind (3.8 meters). The manufacturer is fully aware that some customers would prefer a vehicle with a smaller overall size, even if that meant giving up some of the benefits the 57-inch (144.7-cm)-wide bed offers.
- A smaller variant might be more affordable than the $39,900 single-motor RWD base model and more compatible on a daily basis.
- It makes perfect sense to have a second, smaller Cybertruck, especially in light of the truck models produced by other automakers. Almost every company that makes standard-size pickup trucks also sells at least one smaller pickup.
- Development work for the new truck would be quicker and require less investment since it would be based on an existing platform. Additionally, some automakers produce more midsize trucks than full-size trucks. For example, in 2021, Toyota sold around 80,000 Tundra pickups in the US, but its Tacoma trucks sold over 250,000 last year. So there is a big opportunity for Tesla to produce a smaller Cybertruck that could be very successful.
Another smaller version of Tesla's Cybertruck