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Finally a truck can I draw

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  • gwbnyc August 29, 2021, 5:21 PM

    my usual cynicism:

    stainless steel is very difficult to repair, I’m speaking as a fabricator who worked with it. it responds to the required heat uniquely- look at the St Louis Arch and recall the surface was supposed to be smooth, not wrinkly. difficulty acheiving proper results will be measured in cost.

    I don’t want to clean the interior of the windshield nor deal with the relection of the dash it will bear, or maintaining the other window interiors.

    I’m waiting for my dinner and this is just going to get worse…

  • ghostsniper August 29, 2021, 5:42 PM

    If it can haul 40 sheets of plywood and costs less than $20k cash, I’m your huckleberry.

  • Gordon Scott August 29, 2021, 7:35 PM

    Didja note that it is made from 30X cold rolled stainless steel? The video only mentioned that about six times.

    I suspect the angularity is for the same reason the DeLorean was all angles and planes: as GWB writes, bending stainless is difficult. No doubt especially so for 30X cold rolled stainless steel.

    It does seem to be resistant to impact damage and gunfire, probably because of that 30X cold rolled stainless steel. I looked up the bed size for you, Ghost: 57 inches, no wheel well intrusion. So you can getcher plywood in there.

  • Casey Klahn August 29, 2021, 9:00 PM

    Full of toxic materials. Earth-killer to make (I’m playing the enviros because this ecological vehicle is not that big a benefit to the ecology). Where TF to get a charge? I need an onboard computer to guess me where my next power “hit” is going to be. Can I carry a little red can to the nearest service station, and return to my truck with a can of electricity?

    Vehicles used to be steel. I’m good with that.

    Looks dorky. I bet there are blind spots all around that, but who cares since it drives itself? Ford wanted vehicles for the people. This one is for Californiacs.

    I will admit when I saw the shitter on the back, I did put that in the plus column.

    • John the River August 30, 2021, 5:15 AM

      No blind spots (supposedly) because there are no mirrors. Cameras that give a 360 degree view. Musk wants nothing hanging off the outside to create drag.
      Of course (as Heinlein noted in Starship Troopers) we might drive over a cliff or into a wall while your eyes are glued to the 17″ flat screen. Probably while trying to look down the blouse of the blonde in the convertible in the next lane.

      • Casey Klahn August 31, 2021, 10:42 AM

        I’ll never forget the time the vehicle flashed a message: don’t look at this back-up camera, you might hit someone! Right then and there I swore off robots, and automotive engineers.

        The insanity…the insanity…

  • Auntie Analogue August 29, 2021, 9:45 PM

    Betcha the extended vehicle warranty on that monstrosity is gonna cost an arm and a leg. (!)

  • Jim August 29, 2021, 10:14 PM

    nice first try. certainly interesting. But… stainless steel rusts, yes it rusts. and like others have said, it is very difficult and expensive to repair.
    First ones go to rap stars, hollywood types, and James Bond. those of us who actually use trucks for work, not so much.

  • James ONeil August 30, 2021, 8:04 AM

    When the gas or diesel model comes out I’ll consider it.

  • azlibertarian August 30, 2021, 10:20 AM

    I’ll give him his due….Elon Musk is a billionaire.

    But part of me thinks he is also a huckster. YMMV.

  • Sirius The Great August 30, 2021, 1:31 PM

    OK – nice promo video. Several claims are too outlandish that I am surprised they are in the video – faster than a Porsche 911 (60 mph in 6.2 sec is not close to the 4.0 sec of the stock 911 which also has a top speed of 182pmh), it can pull a nearly infinite mass (14k lbs is a lot but it’s NOT a nearly infinite mass and I imagine battery life would be about 10 minutes), etc. Is the Cyber Truck unique? Yes in many ways but the hyperbole is silly.

  • Dirk August 30, 2021, 3:30 PM

    Just doesn’t pencil out. Seen a couple electric vehicle fires. Fireman were hurt badly. Requires a very specialized approach to fighting electric car fires, zero Water, Some sort of dry powder only.

    Is cool,,,,,, kinda.


  • Mike Austin August 30, 2021, 4:09 PM

    This video gives off a vibe, like one of Goebbels bragging about the V2. It is yet another example of engineers working from some “everything is possible” fantasy. These types do not live in the real world.

    Elon Musk may be a genius—as if that matters at all—but he most certainly is a weirdo. And without the massive subsidies granted him by the US government—subsidies paid for out of your tax dollars—he would be nothing more than a clever manager of a Starbucks.

  • 2Knives August 31, 2021, 5:17 AM

    Where does all the electric come from? Certainly not solar/wind/wave power! Where / how do we recycle all the “green” lithium batteries? For that mater, where do those batteries come from? This vehicle is not sustainable or practical for anyone but the 1%. In the near future we will still need polluting fossil fuels from Russia, the Middle East and elsewhere. Why would Americans want to use our own natural resources?