Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck, which sported cracked but unbroken windows after a demonstration of the truck’s toughness. “Don’t mind the glass,” Musk said. (Tesla via YouTube)
Amid clouds of smoke and “Blade Runner” hype, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a hard-edged, all-electric pickup truck that will cost as little as $39,900 and is due to hit the market by as early as 2021.
And then, with hundreds of fans cheering him on, Musk brought out one more thing during his laser-show presentation at Tesla’s design center in Los Angeles: an all-electric, all-terrain vehicle that rolled right into the Cybertruck’s bed for recharging from an onboard outlet.
There’s no sign that the ATV is for sale … yet … but Tesla is already taking refundable $100 deposits for the Cybertruck.
Cybertruck fills out an all-electric line of vehicles that also includes the Model S high-end sedan, the more affordable Model 3 sedan, the Model X SUV, the Model Y compact crossover SUV, the Roadster sports car and the heavy-duty Semi truck.
After months of promising that the Cybertruck would look like no other pickup truck that’s on the market today, Musk didn’t disappoint: The stainless-steel beast looks like something out of “Blade Runner,” a movie that Musk said served as his inspiration. (He also joked that the design was partly influenced by the submarine sports car from “The Spy Who Loved Me.”)
Tesla’s Cybertruck opens up to accommodate an ATV. (Tesla Photo)
“You want a truck that’s really tough, not fake tough?” Musk asked. To show how tough Tesla’s truck is, he had an assistant batter the driver-side door with a sledge hammer — without leaving a scratch. Musk said the truck body was made from the ultra-hard alloy that’ll be used in SpaceX’s Starship super-rocket.
“It is literally bulletproof to a 9mm handgun,” …read more