As the automotive world eagerly anticipates the arrival of Tesla’s Cybertruck, a new player has entered the arena with a strikingly similar offering. Meet the Robotruck, the brainchild of the startup Aitekx, recently unveiled at the LA Auto Show. While Aitekx may be a new name in the industry, the company aims to make a mark with its foray into the AI mobility future.
The company’s name, Aitekx, is coined from the amalgamation of AI, Tech, and X, reflecting its commitment to cutting-edge technology. The Robotruck, slated for a 2025 release, boasts ambitious specifications, including a 550-mile EPA range, 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 125 mph. Although specific details about its battery capacity remain undisclosed, Aitekx’s claims suggest a formidable power source, possibly exceeding 200 kWh.
Measuring between 188-198 inches in length and 76.6 inches in width, the Robotruck falls slightly short of the Cybertruck’s dimensions. Despite the size difference, Aitekx promises a 6-foot bed, akin to Tesla’s offering, and hints at a versatile mid-gate feature to extend the cargo space, reminiscent of Tesla’s early claims.
The design of the Robotruck undeniably draws inspiration from the Cybertruck, with a prototype that mirrors Tesla’s iconic angular aesthetic. However, critics are quick to point out apparent discrepancies in the prototype, such as LED light strips for taillights and panel gaps reminiscent of a pre-production Tesla.
Aitekx aims to offer its Robotruck as a build-to-order vehicle, with an eventual target price range of $40,000. While the company remains tight-lipped about the specifics of achieving this price point with what is presumed to be a substantial battery capacity, Aitekx suggests the possibility of leveraging future technology advancements.
Despite reservations being accepted at $100 each, skepticism looms, particularly with the prototype’s authenticity in question. Aitekx assures that these prototypes are operational and already on the roads, though industry observers remain cautious given the prototype’s early stage.
As Aitekx ventures into the competitive realm of electric trucks, only time will reveal whether the Robotruck can live up to its ambitious promises or if it will merely be another contender in the growing lineup of Cybertruck-inspired alternatives.