Elon Unveils Tesla Cybertruck Electric Pickup
LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Electric Tesla Cybertruck Thursday, but when they tried to show off the vehicle’s strength at the launch they had an embarrassing moment.
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A sledgehammer was swung at the doors of the silver vehicle, with no apparent effect. A video played on screens showing a bullet striking it, and Musk said, “It is literally bulletproof to a 9 mm handgun, that’s how strong the skin is.”
He joked that federal work safety rules, as well as California’s gun laws, precluded a live demonstration.
But when a metal ball was thrown against the window the glass cracked.
“Well, maybe that was a little too hard,” the Tesla and SpaceX tech entrepreneur said to the crowd at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, which is a city in the Los Angeles area. “It didn’t go through.”
When the ball was thrown against a second window, it also cracked. “Not bad — room for improvement,” Musk joked.
“We threw wrenches, we threw everything. We even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass, and it didn’t break. For a little weird reason, it broke now, I don’t know why,” Musk said on stage, remarks that elicited laughter.
The incident was widely shared, with journalists tweeting their amusement.
The truck, which Musk said will cost $39,900 and up, will have an estimated battery range of between 250 miles to more than 500 miles.
With the launch, Tesla is edging into the most profitable corner of the U.S. auto market, where buyers tend to have fierce brand loyalty, The Associated Press reported.
The truck is Tesla’s sixth vehicle since it was founded in 2003, and its most experimental, according to CNBC. It will be competing in a market against the Ford F Series, which has been the best-selling pickup for more than 40 years in the U.S., followed by GM’s Chevrolet Silverado, another formidable competitor.
The Cybertruck starts at $39,900 for a single motor model, with a base price of $69,900 for a tri-motor all-wheel-drive model.
Production will take place in late 2021, Tesla said, though production for the tri-motor model will start in late 2022.
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Tesla Cyber Truck Details
Cybertruck is built with an exterior shell made for ultimate durability and passenger protection. Starting with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass.
ULTRA-HARD 30X COLD-ROLLED STAINLESS STEEL
TESLA ARMOR GLASS
Space for your toolbox, tire and Cyberquad, with room to spare. Utilize 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars.
PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY
Specs Of The Tesla Cybertruck
- 0-60 MPH<6.5 SECONDS
- RANGE250+ MILES
- DRIVETRAINREAR-WHEEL DRIVE
- STORAGE100 FT3
- VAULT LENGTH6.5 FT
- TOWING CAPACITY7,500+ LBS
- ADAPTIVE AIR SUSPENSIONSTANDARD
- GROUND CLEARANCEUP TO 16″
- APPROACH ANGLE35 DEGREES
- DEPARTURE ANGLE28 DEGREES
*Specs are displayed in US values.
Tesla Cybertruck Pictures