What just happened? The long-delayed Tesla Cybertruck had some of its features shown off at an event over the weekend, including what appeared to be ventilated seats. We also saw more of the vehicle's electric bed cover, a charging port, the rear wheel steering, and more.
The Cybertruck appeared at the Petersen Automotive Museum's inaugural Electrified Cars & Coffee meet, shown off by Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen. Twitter users have been uploading clips of the event (via Insider), giving us a closer look at the electric truck.
The Cybertruck's "vault" bed and its electric tonneau cover were particularly popular, with videos from attendees showing its smooth opening process.
Here's another one of the tonneau closing. It also includes the tailgate automatically dropping.
This video focuses on the bed of the truck and shows a square charging port integrated into the rear wheel arch.
Quick video of the Cybertruck bed and charge port pic.twitter.com/SqRlciy58T– Ryan Zohoury (@RyanZohoury) June 25, 2023
Tesla boss Elon Musk has previously talked about the Cybertruck being extremely nimble and amazing in tight turns. This video shows an example of the rear-wheel steering in action, which should make navigating crowded cities and car lots in the hefty truck a lot easier.
Cybertruck rear-wheel steering will make this vehicle much more livable in cities. pic.twitter.com/Huz6g9wcny– Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) June 25, 2023
Elsewhere, it appears that the truck will boast ventilated seats, and the interior, like other parts of the design, appears to have undergone a minor upgrade since the last time it was shown off publicly.
Leaked interior of Tesla Cybertruck photo! https://t.co/aF9dRZkdSf– Cybertruckownersclub.com (@CybertruckOC) May 25, 2023
Here's another look at the truck as Holzhausen steps in to drive it away. Notice the lack of door handles, a change that was announced in April last year. The truck has sensors that detect when the owner is nearby and opens the doors automatically.
A quick peek inside the Cybertruck as Franz drives it off pic.twitter.com/Fly2XxWugP– Ryan Zohoury (@RyanZohoury) June 25, 2023
The Cybertruck at the meet looked like a final production model, but the EV has suffered plenty of production delays. A recent report suggests they could have been related to significant issues with its braking, handling, sealing, and noise levels, which were still present as of January 2022. The leak also revealed that the Cybertruck's design was still in the alpha stage early last year, despite initial promises that production would start in 2021.