The $45,000 Cybertruck Is Real and It’s on Display in Los Angeles. Meet the RoboTruck 1T.

To say that this year’s LA Auto Show has been very EV-centric would be an understatement, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s to be expected, actually, given today’s automotive landscape. What we didn’t expect was to see a Cybertruck-like EV truck on display, courtesy of an electric start-up called Aitekx.
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These guys are so new, they don’t even have a Wikipedia page. However, despite their truck’s stunning resemblance to the Tesla Cybertruck, perhaps calling it a ‘clone’ would be a bit too harsh, seeing as how it’s not a Chinese product (they’re the ones who love making clones), and apart from a similar design philosophy, their pickup does have quite a few original visual traits of its own.

Meet the RoboTruck 1T, a mid-size battery-electric pickup, built by an E-Mobility start-up based in Silicon Valley, California. That’s right. This baby is an American product, and here it is in the flesh, on display in LA – as opposed to teasing us from Imagination Land (as one of my colleagues would put it).

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Something along the lines of “what the hell?”, right? Here’s the low-down straight from Aitekx themselves: “Versatile, luxury, powerful, practical, and fun, with roomy 6 feet bed, this unique multifunction midsize pickup, or UTE, is breaking all the stereotypes.”

“With many customization selections, such as battery energy options, sports/off-road packages, traveler/handyman options, interior/exterior features, and AI APP options, RoboTruck is made for the people who want their personalized dream vehicle.”

According to them, you can reserve the RoboTruck 1T either in RWD or AWD (dual-motor), and the specs are as follows: this thing measures between 188” and 198” in length, 76.5” in width and should offer an EPA estimated range of up to 550 miles (885 km).

In terms of performance, it should accelerate from zero to 60 mph (97 kph) in 3.5 seconds, before maxing out at 165 m/h. You’ve read that correctly, m/h - that’s what it says on their website. Either it’s a misprint, or they actually mean ‘mph’, in which case, color us impressed.

Hitting 165 mph (265 kph) in a pickup truck is pretty bonkers. It would mean that it’s faster than the Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T, not to mention any type of Raptor or VelociRaptor-like gasoline powered truck.

As for pricing, a RoboTruck 1T single-cab model with rear-wheel drive will set you back upwards of $45,000, while the double-cab variant is a $59,000 affair. Meanwhile, the AWD Sports specification costs $79,000, whereas the flagship HyperAIX Sports Signature AWD model is priced from $99,000.

Aitekx RoboTruck 1T on display at AutoMobility LA
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The options list is particularly interesting though. You can get Hawk Wing doors ($1,900 front only / $2,500 front and back), Road Master ($4,000) and Road Warrior ($6,000) off-road packages, a foldable bed cover ($1,200 manual / $2,500 powered), a head-up display ($400), leather seats ($3,500), custom interior color ($5,000), AIX AI Driving System (Level 2 Pack is $1,950, Level 3 is $999 and Level 4 is also $999), any exterior color you want ($4,000 upper body and $5,500 lower body), 22-inch wheels ($3,000), roof-mounted reading and ambient lights ($500), heated seats ($1,500 for all of them), Wireless Charging ($2,000), a bed tray ($250), Camping Package (3-person package is $3,000, 4-person package is $4,000), a Panoramic Roof ($2,200), off-road lights ($1,500), plus quite a bit more.

You can easily tick $30,000’s worth of options “just like that” if you’re not careful.

It’s an interesting concept, that’s for sure, although one issue I have with it is that it doesn’t look as good in prototype form as it did in the official renderings. It really did look like it might give the Cybertruck a run for its money as rendered, whereas the truck on display at AutoMobility LA looks more like a Grand Theft Auto version of the Cybertruck.
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About the author: Sergiu Tudose
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Sergiu got to experience both American and European car "scenes" at an early age (his father drove a Ford Fiesta XR2 supermini in the 80s). After spending over 15 years at local and international auto publications, he's starting to appreciate comfort behind the wheel more than raw power and acceleration.
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