NBA star Shaquille O’Neal asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk to make a Tesla for the big boys. A viral Twitter video showing the basketball star having difficulty getting into a friend’s Model S. After successfully making it into the passenger seat, O’Neal briefly said “Elon, wanna make a big boy Tesla?”
The video sparked discussions in the Twitter world - mainly about Cybertruck, which many believe is the perfect Tesla model for the big boys. Eva Fox from Tesmanian described it as an “unusual pick-up truck.” Its appearance strays far from the conventional trucks by the traditional carmakers. With its impenetrable outer shell made with stainless steel cold-rolled 30 times and the popular Tesla armor glass, the exterior of the Cybertruck is guaranteed to protect passengers from external impact. Its irregular shape is not quite easy on the eyes - Elon Musk admitted in himself - but it allows for a smooth run with or against the wind.
When it comes to features, the Cybertruck is a strong contender. Albeit its heavy build, it is able to accelerate to 60mph in less than 6.5 seconds, with a range estimation of more than 250 miles. The towing capacity exceeds 7,500 pounds. Cybertruck, being categorized as a pickup truck, is equipped with more features and capacities than a sedan or SUV-type car. The truck bed is able to carry a volume of up to 100 cubic feet. All the mentioned features, along with future adjustments that Elon is open to make prior to its release make the Cybertruck a versatile car model.
Furthermore, Tesla put in a few more features that will really help future users in making the best out of the car. The truck has 120 and 220 volt outlets and an onboard compressor. It also appeals to people who enjoy outdoor activities like camping because the truck can be transformed into a camper’s truck - integrated with tents for the truck bed, and a mini grill station.
O’Neal towers at 7 foot 1 - way too high to fit inside the regular-sized Tesla models, or in this case, the Model S. The Cybertruck solves that problem. As a matter of fact, many people have commented on the rather large size of the truck, especially fans from Europe with narrow roads. But Elon Musk reassured them that another version of Cybertruck could be made that is appropriate for the European market. The bulky vibe that the truck exudes is proportionate to the power and ability that it possesses.
All the other releases of Tesla like the Model Y, X, S, and 3 are just right for the average-sized drivers. However, for someone like O’Neal’s height and 300-pound weight, Tesla needs to come up with a car model with a big interior space that is convenient for these types of people.
There isn’t any official tally released by the company for the pre-orders of the Cybertruck yet, but unofficial tallies counted around half a million orders already. The manufacturing site for the truck will be in the Austin Gigafactory, and the estimated time of delivery for people who have pre-ordered may not come until next year, maybe even later than that.
It may not be such an impossibility to say that Shaquille O’Neal could be an addition to the many famous personalities who drive Teslas. The EV brand is expanding its reach and making products that tend to the needs of people from all walks of life and body structures.