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:
— Engadget (@engadget) November 22, 2019
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”?