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Old 12-11-2019, 08:50 PM   #208 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by aerohead View Post
The Tesla will be 12-inches lower than Motor Trend's 2019 Truck of the Year,the RAM 2500 HD PowerWagon 6.4-L Hemi,Crew Cab.$54,595 - $67,655.
I suspect that the Tesla will have the lowest CG of any pickup on the market.It may demonstrate a distinct advantage as far as rollover safety.
The CT (75") sits 6" lower than the Power Wagon (80.9"), which appears to be the tallest mid duty truck you can buy. CT sits at the same height as a F250.

To hit their stated target of 2.1 tons (same as a Model S), I have to conclude dry anode batteries will be used. At triple the power density the battery pack will be smaller and lighter than what we've seen today- that will have less effect on lowering the CG.

An ordinary truck uses a heavy ladder frame at it's lowest point. The CT's frame extends all the way up to the roof. Glass is generally one of the heaviest parts of a car, accounting for 5% of total weight, so Tesla have gone and made it at a 'bullet proof' thickness AND made the whole roof out of it too.

Sadly I don't think Tesla are going to make great inroads on CG. Better? Yes, but they need to be given the performance. Most likely it will be the Tesla's superior suspension and electronics that mitigate for roll overs.
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