WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck made its debut in its California Design Studio on Thursday in front of a large audience and also witnessed through Livestream.
- But when Tesla co-founder Elon Musk asked an assistant to throw a metal ball at the windows of the electric pickup truck to demonstrate its strength, the windows broke.
- Musk admitted to being shocked by the results and promised to “fix it in post [production].”
The new Tesla Cybertruck took center stage on Thursday as CEO Elon Musk launched the much-awaited futuristic pickup truck. However, things went awry during a demonstration in the event.
During the unveiling of the new vehicle at its Design Studio in Hawthorne, California in front of a throng of admiring fans and on Livestream, Musk had an assistant throw a metal ball at one of its ‘Armor Glass’ windows to demonstrate how unbreakable and bulletproof they were.
Before the demonstration, Musk had repeatedly hit the sides of the Cybertruck with a sledgehammer to no obvious effect.
However, things backfired when the metal ball that was thrown at the supposedly unbreakable metal glass windows on the driver’s side actually cracked the glass. Another test was repeated on the rear passenger window and it too shattered.
Given how product launches are usually rehearsed, Musk was shocked by what happened because the engineering teams had tested its strength by throwing nearly everything at the windows without damaging it.
“We even literally threw a kitchen sink at the glass, and it didn’t break. For a little weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why,” Musk explained on stage. He even joked with the assistant that, “maybe that was a little too hard” after unintentionally breaking the windows.
“We’ll fix it in post [production],” he assured, while admitting that it still needs work before it is officially released on the streets.
Starting at a relatively low price of $39,900, the Tesla Cybertruck is expected to begin selling in late 2021.
The vehicle will also come with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive priced at $49,900 and the top end tri-motor version of the Cybertruck starts at $69,900. There will be an additional $7,000 for buyers who might opt for the self-driving feature.