Cardboard box or Bond-mobile? Tesla's Cybertruck divides opinion

Cardboard box or Bond-mobile? Tesla's Cybertruck divides opinion

"Tesla's built its brand around striking design and doing things differently, so they can't just trot out a truck that looks like a version of something else", she said.

Tesla made a smash with the reveal of its Cybertruck electric pickup on Thursday night, but not the one it was hoping for. However, during the vehicle's unveiling, one of them cracked when hit with a hand-thrown metal ball. Musk had people demonstrate the strength of the glass by dropping increasingly larger steel balls on the sheet of Tesla glass from greater heights. "It's very hard. This is a very hard thing." The pickup market is booming and profitable a year ago the top 3 selling vehicles in the USA were the Ford F-series, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram pickups.

"Maybe that was a little too hard", Musk said as he laughed off the mishap.

We don't know much about the glass itself.

"We threw everything", Musk said after the botched demonstration. Analyst Itay Michaeli says the firm's data suggests Ford (NYSE:F) has more headline risk than General Motors (NYSE:GM) from the buildup to the truck launch and eventual market share loss.

Musk continued: "Cybertruck is created to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports auto". The flagship Cybertruck can go from 0-60 miles per hour in under 2.9 seconds thanks to its tri-motor, while the single-motor Cybertruck can do 0-60 in less than 6.5 seconds.

The Tesla truck doesn't have a set release date, but according to the Cybertruck's website, production is expected to be complete in late 2021 or late 2022, depending on which model you order.

Tesla dominates the global electric vehicle market and has an especially firm grip on the United States, where pick-ups are particularly popular. "Guess we have some improvements to make before production", Musk wrote.

Most notably, the vehicle has a futuristic exterior design with a triangular roof that looks like something straight out of Back to the Future.

Mr Musk earlier tweeted the design was partly influenced by the Lotus Esprit sportscar that doubled as a submarine in the 1970s James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me".

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