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

During its presentation in November 2019, Tesla’s Cybertruck impressed, in particular for its very simplistic lines. However, the presentation did not go as planned, and the windowswindows unbreakable armor” armored glass “could 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 for a new manufacturing process for the electric pickup windshield, 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 bend radius to create characteristic lines

Tesla plans to use a laserlaser 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 in cars. Tesla specifies that the method can be used with glass in a single layer or with several layers separated by a polymerpolymer.

This method is not limited to the windshield either. The patent also specifies that it can be used for the side windows as well as 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 launch.


Cybertruck: new images and surprises for Tesla’s electric pick-up

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

Article of Marc ZaffagniMarc Zaffagnipublished on 01/30/2022

Unofficial images and videos 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 key new features in the Cybertruck’s design, including a pair of exterior mirrors. From them stylestyle pretty conventional surprises because you’d expect Tesla to look to integrate them better into the bodywork design. But, as Electrek points out, the Cybertruck’s rear view mirrors were designed so that they can be easily replaced by cameras if the legislation evolves in this direction.

The other notable novelty spotted in the Cybertruck photos concerns the presence of a gigantic wiper blade capable of covering the entire surface of the imposing windshield. We also note that the loops of doorsdoors retractables (like on the Model S) are gone altogether. 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 quasi-series version of Tesla’s Cybertruck filmed at the Gigafactory currently under construction in Texas. In particular, we can see the addition of exterior mirrors and a wiper blade. © Cybertruck Owners Club

Cybertruck production postponed to 2023

In these new images, the Cybertruck appears with rims in turns onturns on reminiscent of the Model 3. During its presentation, the electric pickup sported aerodynamic hubcaps that hid the wheels.

If all these developments were confirmed, this new version of the Cybertruck could very well prefigure the production model. However, its launch is still uncertain. Not long ago, the Reuters agency revealed that Tesla would have decided to postpone it until next year. The Cybertruck will 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 from the blade runner or a kindergarten child’s pencil stroke, Tesla’s Cybertruck won’t leave anyone indifferent. But, beyond the distinctive look, what are the arguments for attacking one of the most promising segments of the automotive market?

No doubt Elon Musk was overjoyed when he finally unveiled his baby, the Tesla Cybertruck pickup truck. He has been talking about it for almost 7 years, promising something new. From this point of view, the mission is completely successful. The Cybertruck is a real visual shock. Sad spirits will tell you that it only took a few minutes for a designer to draw these simplistic and rough lines. More moderate observers will be delighted with such boldness, which ignores the usual tendency among automakers 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 utterly refreshing.

But this debate over the aesthetics of the Tesla pickup truck is secondary to what’s at stake. Because it is not a supercar produced in a few dozen copies that will be sold for a handful of large fortunes. Cybertruck is attacking a highly strategic market, mainly in the United States where pickup trucks are one of the biggest 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 truck a credible alternative to existing and future competition.

An electric quad bike for the Cybertruck

The Cybertruck advertises 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, it seems that way, as Tesla announces a 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, which promises sacred accelerations.

AN pneumatic suspensionpneumatic suspension increases ground clearance by up to 40 cm. In addition, theairair used by the circuit can also be used to power the on-board compressor for working with pneumatic tools. For off-road travel, the Cybertruck advertises a 35-degree approach angle and a 28-degree departure angle. 110/220V electrical outlets are integrated for connecting tools. The bucket can be configured for different uses, including a sliding blind or a strong wind system that transforms it into a camping tent with a built-in kitchen. During the Cybertruck presentation, Elon Musk also revealed a electric quadelectric quad in a matching design that can be mounted in the back of the truck and charge your battery there. No details about its commercialization were given so far.

Same stainless steel as SpaceX Starship

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

Things went a little less well, however, when the person threw a steel ball at the side windows that were supposed to withstand violent shocks. Elon Musk obviously expected the same result as the door, but the windows did indeed break, prompting a slightly sheepish laugh from the Tesla boss, who promised to “fix it”. Its engineers will have plenty of time to analyze it, as production won’t start until late 2021 at best.

Finally, let’s go to the price of the Cybertruck, which also surprised observers. Tesla announces a base price of $39,900 for the powertrain version, $49,900 for the intermediate four-wheel-drive model with two engines and $69,900 for the three-engine. Qualified prices 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 still have to change until the Cybertruck launches. But Elon Musk has already succeeded in his bet to shake the codes.

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

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