Tesla and the Unveiling of the Cybertruck

Tesla and the Unveiling of the Cybertruck

Brian Kataro, Junior Staff Writer

In November, 2019, Tesla’s creator and innovator in the way of self-driving cars, Elon Musk, revealed one of their newest projects: the Cybertruck. Sporting a never before seen design, the Cybertruck took a more polygonal approach, a decision that not only makes it stand out, but also gave way to a variety of jokes on how it looked like a racing car from video games decades

past, despite being a vehicle meant to mimic the distant future.

During the presentation, Musk wanted to prove certain impressive qualities of the vehicle, which he carried out by having demonstrators attempt to destroy the truck. First, they took a sledgehammer to its doors (made of 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel), which did not leave a dent, while a regular car door crumpled under the force. Additionally, to test the armored glass windows that the Cybertruck is equipped with, a demonstrator threw a steel ball at the windows. The effect, however, was not predicted, as the ball ended up causing the windows to fracture both times it was thrown. Following the demonstration, however, Elon Musk tweeted that the cause for the fracture was the damage earlier sledgehammer attacks created at the base of the glass, thus causing the windows to crack.

Following the presentation, the public was allowed to order their own Cybertrucks, which start at $39,900 for a single motor, $49,900 for two, and $69,900 for three, with an additional fee of $7,000 for autopilot. Already, over 200,000 orders have been placed for the Cybertruck, which will be released in the early 2020s, with an all-terrain vehicle known as the “Cyberquad” available as an accessory for an additional price not yet known.

It appears Elon Musk has designed another winner.