Elon Musk has finally revealed the Cybertruck’s reveal date, but the likelihood of it being used as a military truck is slim

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Tesla pickup truck, now called the Cybertruck. In the past couple of days, the biggest news is that it will be revealed on November 21 near the SpaceX rocket factory in Los Angeles at a standalone event. The reveal date coincides with the Los Angeles Auto Show, but we all know how Musk operates. Does he give a damn about it? Of course not!

On the other side of the spectrum, there was some incorrect reporting that Elon Musk was pitching the "Cybertruck" as a military vehicle. He has since said that was far from the case, and we’ve got the scoop on that below too.

The Tesla Pickup (aka Cybertruck) Debuts Nov 21, But We Already Knew It Was Coming This Montht

The Tesla Cybertruck To Be Revealed On November 21 2019, But Will It Be Used as a Military Truck Too?
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After months of dilly-dallying with the timeline of the Cybertruck's reveal, Musk has finally announced that the Cybertruck will be unveiled on November 21.

Recently, Twitteratis had deciphered that the pickup truck will be launched in November because Musk is a Blade Runner fan and the original Blade Runner movie was set in November 2019 in Los Angeles. See the connection? It only makes sense considering Musk claims the Cybertruck will have a "really futuristic-like cyberpunk Blade Runner design." The first glimpse of the truck was even flashed during the end titles from Blade Runner during the Model Y unveiling.

Where Will the Tesla Cybertruck Be Revealed?

Tesla is known to skip auto shows, and it’s no different this time. Given the hype of the Cybertruck, Musk doesn’t care if the launch date coincided with the LA Auto Show. As such, the Tesla Cybertruck will be unveiled at a standalone event near the SpaceX rocket factory just one day before the L.A. Auto Show opens to the public.

Is "Cybertruck" The Official Name of the Tesla Pickup?

Will the Tesla Pickup Go by the Name Cybertruck?
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There's still no official confirmation that the Tesla Pickup will be called the Cybertruck when it launches.

In the ‘reveal tweet’, Musk has mentioned the pickup truck as “Cybertruck”. He also called it the Cybertruck during the Tesla Q3 conference call, but there is speculation that this might be an internal name. During that conference call, Musk was asked about the launch of the new Pickup and his response was a mouthful (sound bite in the video below):

"Yeah, we’re not — I think we’ve said enough about the Tesla Cyber Truck. We’re not going to — this is not the right forum for us to do product launches. But I think it would be — I mean, my opinion, and this could be totally wrong......but I think the Tesla Cyber Truck is our best product ever."

And, now again, Musk used the Cybertruck moniker in his tweet to address the pickup truck. It’s entirely possible that the Tesla Pickup could be officially called the Cybertruck, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens on November 21.

I, for one, loved the name and hope it’s not just a code-word used for the time being. Here’s a suggestion, Tesla; how about renaming your showrooms as CyberS3XY galleries? It certainly has some zing to it.

Musk Didn’t Actually Pitch the Cybertruck as a Military Vehicle, But It’s Not a Bad Idea

Earlier this week, Musk attended the Air Force Space Pitch Day in San Francisco where he subtly mentioned that the Cybertruck could be used as a potential vehicle for the U.S. military. He said, “We are going to come out with the Tesla pickup truck, or we call it ‘Cybertruck.’ I mean, it looks like an armored personnel carrier from the future. It doesn’t look like a normal car. You may like it, you may not. I like it. It’s going to look like it came off a movie set. When it goes down the road. Like, ‘Whoa, What’s that thing?’”.

However, once this news surfaced the internet, Musk again tweeted, correcting the misconception:

Even though the idea is quashed, for now, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to actually pitch the truck as a potential military vehicle. Musk has the resources and the mind to convert the Tesla Cybertruck into a full-fledged armored vehicle. I mean, don’t we all see a lot of similarities between Musk and Tony Stark anyway?

Let’s Recap What We Know About The Tesla Pickup Truck So Far

We already know a few things about the Tesla pickup truck:

  • It will be priced under $50,000
  • It will be able to tow as much as 300,000 pounds
  • Dual motors - standard
  • Dynamic suspension - standard
  • 500 miles range on a single charge
  • Porsche 911-like performance specs, which means 0-60 mph in about four seconds
When you pit it against its primary rivals, the Cybertruck has a few high points as well as a few low ones.

For instance, the Rivian R1T can sprint to 60 mph in three seconds, a second faster than Musk’s baby. The electric Ford F-150 can tow up to 1.25 million pounds, that’s more than four times the Cybertruck’s capacity. But, the Cybertruck will much cheaper than Rivian’s $69,000 starting price tag and most likely cheaper than the electric F-150 as well; whenever that launches.

Final Thoughts

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After months of patiently waiting to hear news about the startup’s first pickup truck, we finally have something to calm our nerves. Things have suddenly picked up pace, and before we even realized, the Cybertruck is just a couple of weeks away from its debut. What are your thoughts on the Cybertruck and the buzz surrounding it? Share them with us in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more updates about the truck.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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