But what’s so special about Tesla’s new Cybertruck windshield?

During its presentation in November 2019, Tesla’s Cybertruck made an impression, in particular with its very simplistic lines. However, the presentation did not go as planned, and the windowswindows unbreakable armor ” Armor Glass “did not withstand the shock of a bullet in metalmetalcausing a moment of embarrassment…

However, Tesla continues to work on this point and has just obtained a patent in the United States on a new process for manufacturing the windshield of the electric pickup, after its validation in Europe last month. The document describes a process for creating ” glass structures automotiveautomotive with characteristic curves and lines “.

A very small radius of curvature to create characteristic lines

Tesla plans to use a laserlaser to heat the glass before bending it, in order to create a curvature with a radius between two millimeters and five centimeters. The patent indicates that current methods can only produce glass with a radius of curvature between one and three meters for use on cars. Tesla specifies that the method can be used with glass in a single layer, or with multiple layers separated by a polymerpolymer.

This method is also not limited to the windshield. The patent also specifies that it can be used for the side windows, as well as for the dashboard or the various instruments. According to the latest information, the first Cybertrucks should arrive at the end of the year, three years after the launch.

Cybertruck: new images and surprises for Tesla’s electric pickup

While the exact date of production of Tesla’s Cybertruck is still unknown, the development of the firm’s first electric pickupElon MuskElon Musk seems to be closer to the serial version.

Article of Marc ZaffagniMarc Zaffagnipublished on 01/30/2022

Unofficial images and video posted on the Cybertruck owners’ club forum suggest that Tesla’s Cybertruck has undergone several notable upgrades. Subject to their authenticity, these photos reveal several important new features in the design of the Cybertruck, including a pair of exterior mirrors. Their stylestyle rather conventional surprises because one would have expected that Tesla seeks to better integrate them into the design of the bodywork. But, as Electrek reminds us, the rear-view mirrors of the Cybertruck have been designed so that they can be easily replaced by cameras if the legislation evolves in this direction.

The other notable novelty spotted in the photos of the Cybertruck concerns the presence of a gigantic wiper blade capable of covering the entire surface of the imposing windshield. We also notice that the handles of doorsdoors retractable (as on the Model S) have completely disappeared. And for good reason, Tesla has decided to remove them and replace them with an automatic opening system when the driver approaches.

This unofficial video reveals what could be a near-series version of Tesla’s Cybertruck filmed at the Gigafactory currently under construction in Texas. In particular, we can see the addition of external mirrors and a wiper blade. © Cybertruck owners’ club

Cybertruck production pushed back to 2023

In these new images, the Cybertruck appears with rims in alloyalloy reminiscent of those of the Model 3. During its presentation, the electric pickup sported aero hubcaps that concealed the wheels.

If all these developments were to be confirmed, this new version of the Cybertruck could well prefigure the production model. However, its launch is still uncertain. A short time ago, the Reuters agency revealed that Tesla would have decided to postpone it to next year. The Cybertruck is to be assembled in a new Gigafactory currently under construction. constructionconstruction in Texas.

Tesla Cybertruck: the surprise is there

Article by Marc Zaffagni, 11/22/2019

With its design that some would say straight out of blade runner or the pencil stroke of a kindergarten child, Tesla’s Cybertruck will leave no one indifferent. But beyond its unique look, what are its arguments for attacking one of the most promising segments of the automotive market?

Elon Musk was undoubtedly very happy when he finally unveiled his baby, the Tesla Cybertruck pickup. He has been talking about it for almost 7 years, promising something new. From this point of view, the mission is totally successful. The Cybertruck is a real visual shock. The sad spirits will say that it only took a few minutes for a designer to draw these simplistic and rough lines. More temperate observers will be delighted by such audacity, which ignores the usual tendency among car manufacturers to always rely on a familiar aesthetic reference. The Cybertruck is unlike any existing production vehicle. Whether you like it or not, the freedom of style he expresses is totally refreshing.

But this debate on the aesthetics of the Tesla pickup is ultimately secondary to what is at stake. Because it is not a supercar produced in a few dozen copies that will be snapped up by a handful of big fortunes. The Cybertruck is attacking a highly strategic market, particularly in the United States where pickups are one of the largest segments, representing several million units each year. It is therefore above all the performance and services as a utility vehicle that will make this pickup a credible alternative to the existing and future competition.

An electric quad for the Cybertruck

The Cybertruck announces a range of 400, 500 or 800 kilometers depending on the type of battery chosen. It can carry up to 1.5 tonnes of payload and tow up to 6.3 tonnes in its four-wheel drive version. Elon Musk had promised the performance of a Porsche 911. On paper, this seems to be the case since Tesla announces a 0 to 100 km / h in 2.9 seconds, which promises sacred accelerations.

A pneumatic suspensionpneumatic suspension increases ground clearance up to 40 cm. Furthermore, theairair used by the circuit can also be used to power the on-board compressor to work with pneumatic tools. For off-road travel, the Cybertruck advertises an approach angle of 35 degrees and a departure angle of 28 degrees. 110/220 V electrical outlets are integrated to connect tools. The skip can be configured according to different uses, including a sliding shutter or a high-wind system that transforms it into a camping tent with integrated kitchen. During the presentation of the Cybertruck, Elon Musk also unveiled a electric quadelectric quad in a matching design that can mount on the back of the pickup and charge its battery there. No details on its marketing have been given for the moment.

The same stainless steel as the SpaceX Starship

The Cybertruck style has a bit of a military side to it that inspires a sense of ruggedness. This translates into practice with a monocoque body made of a stainless steelstainless steel 30X ultra-hard cold rolled of which SpaceXSpaceX will use it to build his Starship. To prove his solidity, Elon Musk invited on stage one of his collaborators who struck a blow massmass on a door, which did not show the slightest damage.

Things went a little less well, however, when the person threw a steel ball on the side windows that were supposed to withstand violent shocks. Elon Musk was obviously expecting the same result as for the door, but the windows actually shattered, provoking a slightly embarrassed laugh from the Tesla boss who promised to “fix that”. Its engineers will have plenty of time to look into it since production will not begin until the end of 2021, at best.

Finally, let’s come to the price of the Cybertruck, which also surprised observers. Tesla announces a base price of 39,900 dollars for the propulsion version, 49,900 dollars for the intermediate four-wheel drive model with two motors and 69,900 for the one with three motors. Prices qualified as quite reasonable for the market, knowing for example that the Rivian RT1, one of the main rivals of the Cybertruck, starts at 69,000 dollars. A lot of things are still likely to change between now and the launch of the Cybertruck. But Elon Musk has already succeeded in his bet to shake up the codes.

A summary of Elon Musk’s presentation of the Cybertruck by The Verge. © The Verge


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