Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck has been a focal point of numerous debates and controversies since its announcement. One topic that has particularly stirred the pot is the Cybertruck’s front storage compartment, also known as the frunk. Critics and fans alike have questioned its size and whether it would feature power assistance. The release of recent videos seems to finally shed some light on this.
The Saga So Far
When Tesla first announced the Cybertruck, it promised a game-changing electric pickup for the North American market. But with time lost due to indecision on features and fears of a market crash, the Cybertruck will have to go head-to-head with established competitors like the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, and soon-to-be-released Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV.
Earlier skepticism was directed at the frunk’s size and whether it would be electrically powered. Compared to the Ford F-150 Lightning, the Cybertruck’s frunk seemed smaller and seemingly lacked any power assistance. However, new video evidence seems to finally clarify the powered nature of the frunk.
Power or Not? The Video Evidence
CONIFRMED: Cybertruck frunk is powered.
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Recent videos shared on platforms like the Cybertruck Owners Club and Twitter provide contrasting perspectives. One video by user cvalue13 shows the frunk closing seemingly under its own power, albeit with the operator maintaining contact with the hood1. Another video by @SawyerMerritt depicts the frunk opening at the push of a button, though the operator also manually lifts the hood.
Arguments for the Powered Frunk:
- Heavy stainless steel construction implies the need for power assistance.
- Geared motors resisting manual push suggest a mechanical system for operation.
- Absence of visible latch or handle indicates a powered mechanism.
Arguments Against the Powered Frunk:
- Smaller and shallower design might not necessitate powered assistance.
- Possibility of a semi-powered mechanism requiring human input.
- Hood might have a powered latch but not a fully powered opening system.
Revisiting Spy Photos
New spy photos captured in a San Jose neighborhood by Bran Stone have focused on the Cybertruck’s interior. The theme appears consistent: a bold, edgy design that even extends to the car’s cupholders and armrests. It’s clear that Tesla is committed to a specific aesthetic for the Cybertruck. However, it’s worth noting that these photographs did not offer any new insights into the frunk’s operational mechanism.
While recent video footage has sparked fresh debates, it’s clear that the question of the Cybertruck’s powered frunk is still open to interpretation. Common sense suggests that with a hood made of heavy stainless steel, Tesla would likely include some form of power assistance, especially to compete with other electric pickups in the market.
We may not have definitive answers yet, but one thing is sure: Tesla’s Cybertruck continues to pique our curiosity as we wait for its official launch.