Tesla Cybertruck is set to commence its nationwide tour in China, officially named the “Tesla Cybertruck Off-Road Wagon China Tour” (特斯拉赛博越野旅行车中国巡展). The tour will cover eight cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Chongqing.
Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in November 2019, and deliveries started on November 30, 2023 in the US. Now, Tesla’s eyes are on the Chinese market.
The tour will kick-off in Xi’an on January 28. Tesla’s Vice President of External Relations, Grace Tao, shared photos taken under the ancient city wall of Xi’an. The images feature the stainless steel Tesla Cybertruck set against the scenery of streets adorned with the historic brown city wall, with the iconic Giant Wild Goose Pagoda of Xi’an standing in the background.
Tesla highlights the Cybertruck’s role as an off-road touring vehicle, diverting attention from its conventional pickup truck image. The Cybertruck integrates various tech advancements, including the 800V high-voltage battery system powering the main drive unit and a 48V auxiliary battery system. Unlike the common use of 12V lead-acid batteries in most vehicles, a component prone to maintenance and replacement, Tesla has adopted 12V lithium-ion auxiliary batteries since 2021. This shift provides a lighter and more durable alternative that aligns with the vehicle’s lifespan.
In China, regulations governing pickup trucks are characterized by certain requirements. Such as the mandate to operate in the rightmost slow lane on highways and a capped maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. This is in contrast to the 120 kilometers per hour allowance for typical passenger cars. Further constraints include a prescribed usage period of 15 years and limitations on entry into urban areas, although there were some relaxations of these restrictions in recent times. Should these regulations affect the sales of the Cybertruck is yet to be seen.
After the initial introduction of the Cybertruck in eight cities, Tesla intends to expand its nationwide tour to encompass additional popular models, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y.
Source: Fast Tech