Tesla recently announced the design of all-electric battery-powered “Cybertruck” that seeks to offer a sustainable energy substitute to fossil fuel (cough cough, diesel) powered trucks. Production is scheduled to begin in 2021, with more models coming in 2022.
Let’s just say that the design is…interesting. It’s certainly a far cry from the look of other popular trucks it’s looking to compete with.
So is the Cybertruck the next wave of the future, or a fad?
Only time will tell.
But in the meantime, we wanted to find how the new Tesla Cybertruck stacks up against the Ram 1500, so we pitted the trucks against each other in several categories to find out. The results might surprise you.
When it comes to options, the Ram 1500 currently gives you more to choose from than the Tesla Cybertruck. Here’s how it breaks down:
|Ram 1500 trim options||Tesla Cybertruck options|
|(with 3 engine options: 3.6L Pentastar V6 eTorque, 5.7L HEMI V8 and 5.7L HEMI V8 eTorque)||(represents how many electric motors make up the powertrain):|
| ● Limited|
● Big Horn
● Laramie Longhorn
| ● Single-Motor|
As mentioned above, more Cybertruck models are planned for 2022. So we’ll have to wait and see what Tesla offers in the coming years.
The winner of the horsepower category is the Tesla Cybertruck at 800 HP! The Ram 1500’s best-performing engine has a horsepower of 395. At 800 HP, the Cybertruck is certainly quite impressive.
Again, the Tesla Cybertruck Tri-Motor is the clear winner here. It boasts 1,000 lb-ft of torque, while the Ram 1500 with HEMI V8 has a maximum of 545 lb-ft of torque.
With claims of Porsche-like performance, the Tesla Cybertruck edges out the Ram 1500 in the acceleration category. In a 0-60 MPH test, the Tesla truck reached 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds, while the Ram 1500 took 6.1 seconds.
Which truck can tow the most weight? Well, it depends on which models you look at. But overall, it appears as though the Tesla Tri-Motor wins this category with its 14,000 lb towing capability. Ram’s 1500 e Torque Quad Cab comes in second with a towing capacity of 12,750 lb.
Tesla comes out in front of the payload capacity category as well. Tesla’s Tri-Motor has a payload capacity of 3,500 lbs., while the Ram 1500 has a payload capacity of just 2,300 lbs.
The largest cargo volume? That goes to Tesla, too. While the Ram 1500 has a cargo volume of 61.5 cubic feet, the Cybertruck has a cargo volume of 100 cubic feet.
Dimensions and angles
The winners of each of the dimension and angle categories go back and forth:
- Storage box length: Tesla’s storage box length is 78 inches; Ram 1500’s is 76.3 inches.
- Vehicle length: Tesla’s overall vehicle length is longer than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab, but shorter than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab 6’4” variant.
- Vehicle width: Ram 1500’s overall vehicle width is 2 inches wider than Tesla’s.
- Ground clearance: Tesla’s ground clearance, due to its adaptive air suspension, can be as high as 16 inches, while the Ram 1500’s ground clearance is 8.7 inches.
- Angle of approach: Tesla’s angle of approach is 35 degrees, while the Ram 1500 is between 18 and 19 degrees, depending on the model.
- Angle of departure: Tesla’s angle of departure is around 28 degrees, while the Ram 1500 is 25 degrees.
Again, the final price tag depends on the specific model you choose. The Tesla Cybertruck starts at $39,900, compared to the lowest-priced Ram 1500 starting at just $33,440.
Which truck is more your speed?
It doesn’t always come down to who wins every category. It’s an individual preference. For instance, are you more apt to stick with what you know, or are you ready to try something new?
And while we didn’t compare design since that’s a subjective choice, it may certainly be a factor in your decision. Does the futuristic look of the Cybertruck appeal to you, or do you prefer the traditional and stylish look of the Ram 1500?
Whatever your choice, it’s exciting to sit back and continue to watch the evolution of the American pickup truck.