The Tesla Cybertruck generated a ton of hype (and hundreds of thousands of pre-orders) when it debuted last November, but we haven’t heard too much more about the American electric vehicle maker’s first pickup truck since its unveiling.
Tesla recently provided some additional intel on the truck, though, after company CEO Elon Musk hopped on Twitter to shed some more light on its suspension last Friday. The outspoken investor and entrepreneur said the truck will have an active suspension system that will be able to adjust itself to provide a balance between suspension stiffness, which is required for high towing and payload ratings, and ride comfort.
“Active ride height & active damping are game-changing for a truck or any car with a high max/min weight ratio,” Musk tweeted.
This isn’t unheard of for pickup trucks. The current Ram 1500 has a height-adjustable four-corner air suspension system that serves as a similar purpose. While not an air suspension system, the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali’s Magnetic Ride Control can also adjust damper firmness on-the-fly, adapting to road conditions to provide a more comfortable ride.
Tesla claims the Cybertruck will have a payload rating of 3,500 lbs across the board. The base, single motor model will also have a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs, while the dual-motor version, which will likely be the most popular model, will be able to tow up to 10,000 lbs. It claims the range-topping tri-motor model will be able to tow up to 14,000 lbs, as well.
GM recently rolled out its Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system on its new line of full-size SUVs, including the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, which can adjust the height of the vehicle to better suit the driving situation. The air ride system is paired with Magnetic Ride Control to offer the driver both damping and ride height control. We expect this two-part suspension system to trickle elsewhere throughout the GM portfolio, though it is exclusive to the full-size SUVs for now.
The Tesla Cybertruck should arrive in mid-to-late 2021 around the same time as the GMC Hummer EV. The first electric pickup truck to market will likely be the Rivian R1T, though Lordstown Motors is planning to have its Endurance pickup in production before the end of the year, beating Rivian to market.