They couldn't have been this stupid, or could they?
Tesla is promising the truck world just about everything with its all-new Cybertruck. Power, towing, and payload capacity all meet or exceed what competitors such as the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offer. The exterior styling remains controversial and while some may eventually warm to its unconventional design, others will forever despite it. Still, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims over 250,000 pre-orders have been received so far. The California-based EV automaker has least done something right to have generated that much interest so quickly after its November 21 debut.
But new information has come to light that could prove extremely embarrassing for Tesla, specifically its designers. Turns out the Cybertruck might have one fatal flaw that could turn away additional customers: its size. It's just too darn big to fit in the average-sized US garage. Could Tesla really have made such a colossal mistake?
Tesla enthusiast going by the name of Tesla Raj created this video with the help of an augmented reality app capable of providing a 1:1 rendered image of the Cybertruck. He "parked" the Cybertruck in his garage and realized something: it barely fits. You see, the average two-car garages in the US are about 20x20 feet or 22x22 feet. Some reach 24x24 feet. The Cybertruck's size problem is not its width but rather its length. Its width measures 78.9 inches, just slightly wider than a Model X at 78.7 inches. The truck's height is 75 inches compared to the Model X's 66.3 inches. Again, not a significant difference.
But here's the kicker: Tesla lists the Cybertruck's length at 231.7 inches while the Model X is 198.3 inches. In other words, the Tesla Cybertruck is nearly the same length as the largest Ford F-150 variant, the SuperCrew, which measures at 231.9 inches with the 5.5-foot box.
Now, convert those garage dimensions from feet to inches and you'll discover the smallest of the three just barely fits the Cybertruck's length; 20 feet converts to 240 inches. That leaves just 8.1 inches to spare, hardly enough space for many basic garage necessities.
Did Tesla designers not even bother to check these basic dimensions? Or do they expect Cybertruck owners to buy new homes with bigger garages? Regardless, it's important to know details like this before buying.
UPDATE: It has come to our attention that the Ford F-150 SuperCrew is one of the most popular - if not the most popular - configuration North American buyers select. Therefore, it makes sense Tesla would seek to replicate the F-150 SuperCrew's overall dimensions.