Tesla unveils all-electric Cybertruck pickup

The truck features bulletproof stainless steel bodywork and armored glass.

Tesla has finally unveiled its all-electric Cybertruck pickup.

As promised, the truck features a polarizing faceted styling, inspired by Blade Runner with angular edges and a "stressed skin" stainless body instead of a body-on-frame configuration.

The steel body is capable of preventing a 115-grain 9mm handgun bullet from penetrating at a distance of 18 meters, borrowing alloys that were originally designed for SpaceX.

Tesla's demonstrations went awry when showing the pickup's armored glass. After throwing a metal ball at the side windows, the glass cracked but did not completely shatter.

The truck is claimed to be capable of hitting 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds.

Three range variants will be available, starting at 250 miles. The midrange edition can run for 300 miles on a single charge, while the longest-range variant is said to be capable of an unprecedented 500 miles.

Surprisingly, the rearl-wheel drive edition will start at less than $40,000 with a zero-to-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, a top speed of 118 mph and a towing capacity of at least 7,500 pounds. The price tag is claimed to be less than the $40,000 average for a half-ton pickup, with a lower overall cost of ownership.

The AWD dual-motor package starts at $49,900 with a 10,000 pound towing capacity, while the tri-motor AWD flagship fetches $69,900 and can pull 14,000 pounds -- in the territory occupied by heavy-duty pickups like the Ford F-250.

Elon Musk's "one more thing" showed the truck's loading ramp that extends out of the tailgate. The unveiling demonstrated an electric ATV riding up the ramp and onto the bed, then being connected to the pickup to charge.

The truck is slated to enter production by late 2021 as the Model Y crossover has reached volume output. Tesla is currently accepting $100 deposits for the pickup, apparently hoping to achieve another headline-grabbing pre-order tally.

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