Tesla’s Cybertruck Armored Glass Demonstration Doesn’t Go As Planned

Erin Evans

Tesla has unveiled its new “Cybertruck,” a vehicle that honestly looks more like a DeLorean than an F150 pickup.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk described it as “a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, “Blade Runner” pickup truck.”  It comes complete with bulletproof glass that can supposedly withstand a 9mm handgun shot.

I say “supposedly” because the demonstration on Thursday night, wherein a man threw a metal ball at the Tesla’s window, didn’t go quite as planned:

You can hear Tesla CEO Elon Musk respond to the shattered glass by saying “Well, maybe that was a little too hard.  But it didn’t go through.”

I can’t imagine that guy threw the metal ball harder and faster than a speeding bullet.  But at least the window stopped the ball, even if it shattered in the process.

Still, not a good look.  Didn’t they do a test run before doing the demonstration on stage?

It’s unclear who is actually going to buy the Cybertruck:

“The market potential for Tesla’s truck remains somewhat of a mystery,” CNN reported.  “There has, to date, been little overlap between full-size pickup truck buyers and Tesla buyers.  For instance, Teslas and other electric cars sell well on America’s coasts, while larger pickups sell best in the Midwest.”

I grew up in the middle of the country.  Many, if not most, of the guys I know drove pickups. I can’t see any of them switching over to the Tesla version.

Last year, Musk admitted the truck might not be a bestseller.  He told Kara Swisher on the Recode Decode podcast, “You know, I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not, but I don’t care.”

What do you think of the Tesla “Cybertruck”?

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