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Everything you want to know about Tesla's Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck will have up to 500 miles in range.

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Tesla has finally debuted its pickup truck, controversial design and all, just as the Los Angeles Auto Show is kicking off. Tesla is currently taking orders for the truck, which is set to begin deliveries in 2021. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know.

There will be three variants.

The Tesla Cybertruck will come in Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive. The single motor-rear wheel drive base model has a $39,900 price tag. The mid-range dual motor model is $49,900 and the tri motor begins at $69,900.

Tesla CybertruckThe design of the model was influenced by the movie "Blade Runner".Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Range varies by model.

The base model will have a 250-mile range while the Dual Motor AWD truck will go 350 miles. The top-tier Cybertruck will have a 500-mile range.

But can it even tow?

Yes. According to Tesla the Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds. That's more than what two Honda Ridgelines are capable of.

Tesla Cybertruck driving desert testingTesla says that the model has Porsche 911-like quickness.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

It will be quick.

Tesla offers that the truck will have Porsche 911-like quickness, with the ability to get from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Self-driving capability costs extra.

Buyers can add a $7,000 "Self-Driving" package to their Cybertruck when they order. According to the fine print,

"The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates."

It only costs $100 to reserve your Cybertruck.

Tesla will hold your place in line for a $100 fee that is fully refundable. You can pay via ApplePay or a credit card.

Tesla Cybertruck interior seats wheel screenAt first place, the interior of the truck is quite sparse.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

The interior is sparse.

This isn't unexpected given the features and appointments in the Model X and Model 3, as well as the "Blade Runner" design influence.

Tesla promises that deliveries will start in 2021.

The company's website claims that production will start in late 2021. Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive models will begin production in 2022. Production delays are a legendary part of the company's history so don't be surprised if these dates get pushed back further.

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Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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