Even though it has been delayed until 2022, the Cybertruck remains one of the most highly anticipated electric vehicles due to its unusually angular design and impressive technical specifications. As already seen on the concept car unveiled back in 2019, the yoke steering wheel will be installed on the production model to mirror the latest Model S Plaid.
The company’s head honcho Elon Musk took to Twitter to confirm the yoke will remain in the road-going Cybertruck coming next year. He went as far as to say the zero-emissions ute is “intentionally an insane technology bandwagon” and that it’s going to “reach far into a post-apocalyptic future and bring the technology to now.”
The adoption of a yoke steering wheel will certainly pose a concern since many Model S Plaid owners have complained it makes the electric sedan difficult to maneuver at slower speeds. While progressive steering is in the works, Musk has previously stated it will take a few years until it’ll be ready to reach production.
We will admit the yoke looks cool and that there’s a specific segment of the market that wants it, but perhaps it would be better for Tesla to offer an alternative by selling the Model S Plaid and the upcoming Cybertruck with a conventional steering wheel. Giving customers the option to pick from the two could attract more customers since some will avoid buying either of the two EVs because of the yoke-only configuration.
There is a glimmer of hope the yoke will be better in the pickup than the sedan as Elon Musk claims the Cybertruck is set to become a “technology bandwagon.” It remains to be seen whether that extends to how the driver controls the vehicle when traveling at lower speeds.
There’s a lot riding on the Cybertruck considering Tesla has more than 1.2 million reservations, amounting to over $80 billion in value. That’s despite the fact the concept is already two years old and we still don’t have a firm date as to when series production will commence. The latest intel suggests assembly will not kick off until towards the end of 2022.
Source: Elon Musk / Twitter