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Thundertruck, a super first cousin Tesla Cybertruck

It is almost impossible to avoid comparing thunder truck with the Tesla Cybertruck, especially in the raw exterior design. As they point out on their website, it was basically built from the platform’s architecture and equipped with cutting edge technology, adapting to any terrain or adventure. Thundertruck delivers extreme power, torque, handling and utilizes state-of-the-art advanced driver assistance systems for optimum safety. It’s also efficient and environmentally friendly, “to make you feel good, go the extra mile and do more of what you love”.

The design features are certainly amazing: its innovative design will soon offer drivers and passengers a whole new level of versatility and functionality, as they claim from the start:

• HD roof rack system / roof shells store solar awnings
• Spacious cargo bed with steps for easy access
• Extendable loading ramps make it easy to load 2- or 4-wheel bikes
• Automatic operation of the “drop-down” side steps with lighting
• Integrated camping tent extends over the main deck, lifted by the PV trunk lid cover
• Roof mounted foldable Bat Wing awning with flexible solar fabric charges stationary battery and adds auxiliary shade
• Versatile side drawer storage unit with pull-out kitchen or refrigerator
• Range Extender – Increased range, power and performance

As they put it simply, “… Bat Wing solar awnings are just a crazy idea, until you’re out in the wild. It turns out that there aren’t that many. Charging stations in the desert, but it’s a lot of sun. So we developed foldable roof-mounted solar awnings to help recharge the battery of the Thundertrucks when they are stationary. ” A pretty cool feature, to say the least. Flexible solar awnings also provide auxiliary shade which comes in handy “… when you are camping, fishing, barbecuing, napping, trimming wood or whatever you choose to do there -low.”

Their “TT Range Extender” easily converts the Thundertruck into a 6WD monster that silently delivers unmatched power and performance: a combined range of around 560 miles. (900 km +), as well as additional 2WD traction; The unit uses self-balancing technology for an easy pairing / decoupling process that increases payload, towing and storage capacity, and serves as a portable battery for all your camping and work needs.

The base specs are also pretty amazing: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, range 400 miles, battery capacity 180 kWh, 800 hp, 6 foot bed, torque 800 LB-FT, towing capacity 7,500 lb, twin engine transmission, 14.5 inches to ground clearance, approach angle of 48º and departure angle of 82º; although they clearly indicate that specifications and performance measures are forward-looking and subject to change, that they reflect current design, engineering and range simulation technology, and that the variants, features and options of the model are under development.

Compared to the Cybertruck, so far three models have been announced, with EPA range estimates of 400 to 800 kilometers (250 to 500 miles) and an estimated time of 0 to 100 km / h (0 to 62 mph ) from 2.9 to 6.5 seconds. , depending on model. Tesla’s stated goal in developing the Cybertruck is to provide a sustainable energy substitute for the approximately 6,500 fossil-fueled trucks sold per day in the United States.

But it’s the exterior design (the hull and the exoskeleton) that compels us to compare the Thundertruck to the Cybertruck: the Cybertruck is built with an outer shell designed for durability and passenger protection, just like the Thundertruck, as we do. can easily see it. Cybertruck has an almost impenetrable exoskeleton, and every component was designed by Tesla for superior strength and endurance, from the cold-rolled 30X ultra-hard stainless steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass. Tesla says of 30X ultra-hard cold-rolled stainless steel: “… if there was something better, we would use it.” Help remove dents, damage and long-term corrosion with a smooth monochrome exoskeleton that places the shell on the outside of the car and gives you and your passengers maximum protection.

The Cybertruck’s solar barrel is certainly another key feature for many reservation holders, given that it would give the possibility of semi-total independence from the grid and charging stations; obviously depending on the number of kilometers traveled per day. With 15 miles of additional solar range and the ability to add an additional 25 miles (totaling 40 miles on 100% solar) by adding additional foldable solar wings, the functionality is certainly attractive.

We do not yet know how many miles would be added to the Thundertruck range (as it is not specified on their web page) using the “Bat Wing Solar Awnings”, but we have already contacted them to find out, and will be reporting. later. Needless to say, we hope the Thundertruck does well, as it brings fresh air into a very competitive segment of the BEV market, and we wish them the best of luck as well.

You can find more detailed information on Thundertruck website.

Images courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Nico Caballero is the vice-president of finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a degree in electric cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and enjoys researching Tesla and EV batteries. He can be contacted at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers the latest events from Tesla and EVs at Torque News.