Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck this past November, giving us an idea of how the company plans to move forward in the production of its electric vehicles.
The event caught a crazy amount of attention and caused a lot of confusion — likely because of the truck’s intricate design.
Surprisingly, Tesla wasn’t the first to unveil an all-electric Tesla-branded pickup truck.
That claim would go to Simone Giertz.
About five months ago, she posted a YouTube video showing how she turned a Tesla model 3 into a custom vehicle that she calls Truckla.
The video is very descriptive and explains the process in detail.
There are so many exciting things about this project, coupled with the Cybertruck unveiling, mainly because the application of electric pickup trucks seems almost taboo.
When Giertz took this for a ride, it seemed like she was a parade by herself.
Onlookers and strangers wanted to ask questions and take photos — it was wild.
Giertz decided that Tesla was taking too long to release a new pickup truck and purchased a Model 3 to modify.
It’s honestly a marvel to look at; anyone who saw the vehicle in public would think it was factory-made.
All this was accomplished with about a year of planning and a small team of engineers.
Giertz plans to be among the small percentage of people who drive electric cars and electric cars only, as she isn’t too fond of oil companies and makes that pretty clear in her video.
The process of transitioning a Tesla from one type of vehicle to another wasn’t easy.
At some point, after making some initial modifications, the Model 3 wouldn’t start because it was “reporting its faults” back to headquarters.
The team also had to change its approach after making the first cut into a structural beam — but got through the rest of the process relatively smoothly.
So far, the video is her most viewed — amassing 10 million views.
For anybody who follows Elon Musk’s tweets, it isn’t much of a surprise that Giertz’s Truckla and the Cybertruck look vastly different.
Musk intended to have a design that was like no other pickup.
It’s hard to say which one to drive, considering the functionality.
Which one would you use?
We’ll see how everything pans out in the future when the Cybertruck releases in 2021.
This piece, written by Carlos Winston, originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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