This African Company Wants To Take On The Tesla Cybertruck

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This African Company Wants To Take On The Tesla Cybertruck

MAR 15, 2021BY SEBASTIAN CENIZO ELECTRIC VEHICLES /

This should be interesting.

Ever since the Tesla Cybertruck was first announced, the internet has been ablaze with new rivals for a vehicle that doesn't even exist yet. We've seen Canoo's multipurpose alternative, GMC's Hummer revival, and Rivian's stunning R1T. But there clearly aren't enough electric pickups in the world yet, and an African company is now looking to break into this potentially highly lucrative market.

Mazibuko Motor Company is building its first battery-electric vehicle, called the M1B, and is claiming that the truck will be capable of 0-62 mph in under five seconds with a range of around 250 miles. Bold claims for a company from South Africa, but MMB has help from a big name in the industry.
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Foxconn, the same company that manufactures the Apple iPhone, has joined forces with the new EV company to develop an open-source EV platform, the MiH EV Open Platform. This means that even if the M1B doesn't make production, the company could still be successful as a parts supplier. Thus, Mazibuko Motor Company has joined the MIH Alliance, which has prestigious partners like Amazon Web Services, Arm, CATL, DANA, Eaton, Microsoft, and others. Presumably, this new open-source platform will be the same one under the M1B, and although no working prototype has yet been produced, the claimed specs look pretty impressive.

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Originally, Mazibuko Motor Company was claiming that the M1B would produce as much as 670 horsepower and 959 lb-ft of torque with that aforementioned range of around 250 miles, thanks to a 120-kWh battery. Interestingly, the MMC platform being offered for open source use doesn't have the same abilities. It seems that two options, a front-wheel-drive and an AWD platform, will be available, starting with around 174 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. We'll have to wait for more info to see what success these offerings have, but it's encouraging to see new innovators joining the game. The more competition there is, the better and more affordable EVs could become.
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I’ll believe it when they actually make one vehicle that works, non the less mass produce it. I’ve seen a bit to many “Elio motors” coming and going recently, asking for investors with barely a 3D rendering to show as proof of concept.
 

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The one thing I like about this is the prospect of having an open source hardware spec for EV companies. Even if they do just fade into a background supplier, that would be pretty cool.

Although, didn't Tesla open a large swath of their patents?
https://www.tesla.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

*cough* copycat *cough*
 

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Not even a decent render... atleast nikola had decent renders :LOL:
 

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I hope it's just that this is for a different market with a different astetic because I don't like it. The colorful panels, the wheels, the shape just doesn't work for what I think of as beautiful. That rear bumper makes the back look so terrible that I prefer the CT back, and that is the least appealing section of CT. How does that tailgate even open?
 

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That rear bumper makes the back look so terrible that I prefer the CT back, and that is the least appealing section of CT. How does that tailgate even open?
I wonder what Sigmund Freud would say about so much focus on the back side of the vehicle.

I certainly wouldn't want to have anything to do with a truck that wouldn't pass Did's slap worthiness test. ;)

There is a crack on both sides of the tailgate that suggest it opens like a normal truck (I see a crack coming about me checking out the crack in the back).

I think this is so far from reality especially in U.S. that we may as well make our own renders and circulate.

I love the open source idea though.
 
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It looks like they just drew an rt1
 

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I wonder what Sigmund Freud would say about so much focus on the back side of the vehicle.

I certainly wouldn't want to have anything to do with a truck that wouldn't pass Did's slap worthiness test. ;)

There is a crack on both sides of the tailgate that suggest it opens like a normal truck (I see a crack coming about me checking out the crack in the back).

I think this is so far from reality especially in U.S. that we may as well make our own renders and circulate.

I love the open source idea though.
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I would expect some serious roo bars or the front end of an old steam train. This is Africa so the road kill could just as easily be the occupants of the truck instead of the elephant, rhino, hippo, or giraffe. And the accident could easily be followed up by lions, jaguar, hyenas, and a whole host of others. I’d think the CT would work well there. But maybe this truck is getting by with the huge bumpers.
 

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Sure - instant credibility. Why not call out the best? haha

edit in: That truck isn't a truck, it's a graphic of a truck that doesn't exist. They cannot go up against Tesla, as they don't have a vehicle yet. peace
 

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