WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Cybertruck, which is not due for release until 2021, was spotted by several onlookers cruising down public roads on Saturday evening since it was unveiled on November.
- CEO Elon Musk took the car to dinner at the high-end Japanese restaurant Nobu in Malibu.
- While missing some features to make it street legal, the truck seems equipped with manufacturer’s plates, which means it can be driven on roads for testing.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk attracted a lot of attention this weekend when he was spotted driving his sci-fi Cybertruck down the streets of Los Angeles. He parked the vehicle, which is not yet due for sale until 2021, outside an upscale Malibu restaurant.
Musk was seen dining at the famed Japanese sushi restaurant Nobu while passersby stopped to get a peek, or take videos and photos of the new electric truck that was parked at the center of the parking lot.
Later, Musk came out of the restaurant with actor Ed Norton to show off his new vehicle. However, as the billionaire tech icon headed out from the parking lot, he hit what appears to be a traffic bollard that was placed by the restaurant.
Other videos showing the Cybertruck cruising down on the 405 freeway that same evening was captured by YouTube user Roberto Cruz.
Although the Cybertruck prototype was still missing some features such as driver’s side mirrors, windshield wipers, headlights and brake lights, the truck appeared to be fitted with a manufacture license plate. This means that while the vehicles are not yet street legal, the company can still test the vehicles on public roads.
According to Musk, pre-orders for the vehicle had already reached 250,000. Unveiled last month at a dramatic launching event in Los Angeles, the new vehicle marks the company’s most experimental vehicle model since it was founded in 2003. It is said to be competing in a market against the bestselling pickup in the U.S, the Ford F Series, followed by the competitor Chevrolet Silverado by General Motors.