Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck at the TeslaDesign Studio in Hawthorne, California. The cracked window glass occurred during a demonstration of the strength of the glass.
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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said in an exchange with fans on Twitter on Thursday that there is “always a chance” that his company’s upcoming cybertruck will “flop”. Nonetheless, Musk plans to keep the “production design” of the Cybertruck almost exactly the same as his show car – a giant metal trapeze.
But he also said that he “doesn’t care” about the risk of the Cybertruck flopping because he personally loves the design.
He wrote, “To be honest, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop because it’s so different from anything. I don’t care. I love it so much, even when others don’t. See other trucks looks like copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like it was made from the future by aliens. “
The launch event of the Cybertruck 2019 caused a stir because of the unusual design of the vehicle and because Musk asked Tesla design manager Franz von Holzhausen to try and smash the vehicle’s windows, which he did. Von Holzhausen threw a metal ball against one of the windows and surprised Musk when the glass broke even though it stayed in place.
Despite the start-up snafu and the uncertainty of when Tesla can begin delivering the Cybertruck, the $ 100 orders went off. Musk boasted that the company saw 250,000 within about a week of the Cybertruck’s debut.
In September, at Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting and Battery Day, Musk announced that Tesla had received so many Cybertruck orders that the company stopped counting. “The orders are gigantic,” he said, “… well over half a million orders. I think maybe six hundred thousand – it’s a lot, really.
That was before competitors unveiled their plans for more traditional battery-powered trucks like the Ford F-150 Lightning and the GMC Hummer EV.
Musk also said Thursday that Tesla has no plans to put door handles on the Cybertruck without indicating whether such a vehicle could meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in the United States. He also reminded fans that Tesla decided to add everything from a four-wheel steering system to the handsome Cybertruck that should allow it to move diagonally in a straight line and get in and out of tight spaces.
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He wrote: “Ultimately we left the production design almost exactly like the show car. Just a few tweaks here and there to make it a little better. No door handles. The car recognizes you and opens the door. It’s amazing all of that steer four wheels. ” nimble handling & tight corners! “
The all-wheel steering, if it comes through as promised, would make the Cybertruck more directly competitive with the GMC Hummer EV, which already had a “crab mode” feature.
Musk didn’t comment on the Tesla Cyberquad, an ATV product that was supposed to accompany the cybertruck.
In the company’s investor presentation in the first quarter, Tesla described the Cybertruck as “in development”. The company is expected to release a progress update and second quarter results on July 26th.