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After Tesla car, Elon Musk could send a ‘Cybertruck’ to Mars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla’s design studio in November 2019 in California. According to Teslarati, the Cybertruck has also been likened to NASA’s Mars Concept Rover unveiled in 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla’s design studio in November 2019 in California. According to Teslarati, the Cybertruck has also been likened to NASA’s Mars Concept Rover unveiled in 2017   | Photo Credit: AP

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When a Twitter user had asked whether Starship would have a Cybertruck on board during the 2022 cargo mission to Mars, Musk wittingly replied with a smiling face with sunglasses emoji

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again hinted that his company might once again team up to send the latest ‘Cybertruck’ into space and could be headed to the Red Planet.

When Twitter user @C3LT_Games had asked whether Starship would have a Cybertruck on board during the 2022 cargo mission to Mars, Musk wittingly replied with a smiling face with sunglasses emoji.

This is not the first time that Multi-billionaire tech mogul Musk has shown his willingness for the same.

Last month, in another conversation on Twitter, he gave the same signal when a Twitter user asked Musk if the next Falcon Heavy would carry a Cybertruck, to which the Tesla CEO responded “Maybe on Starship? It’s def got the payload capacity...”

According to Teslarati, the Cybertruck has also been likened to NASA’s Mars Concept Rover unveiled in 2017. If the Cybertruck has been designed to play another role, it is not a far possibility since these electric vehicles can run on Mars as they don’t need oxygen-like internal combustion engines.

In February 2018, SpaceX launched its reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle — Falcon Heavy — for the first time along with a cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin called ‘Starman’ behind the wheel.

The Cybertruck is inspired by the ‘Lotus Esprit S1’ from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The truck will come in three versions, with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range respectively.

The base version of the truck will start at $39,900, while the prices for the top-end Tri Motor All-Wheel-Drive version of the Cybertruck start at $69,900.

The most expensive version of the truck, the Tri Motor AWDrive, will be able to carry 3,500 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds.

It comes with six seats and features armoured glass and ultra-strong panels that are made of the same alloys found on spacecraft.

Additionally, using an adaptive air-suspension system, drivers will also be able to adjust the ride height of the truck, for when they are on the highway or off-road.

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