Elon Musk says Cybertruck could flop. “There is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop,” Musk says
On November 22, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the “bulletproof” electric Cybertruck pickup truck in front of thousands of fans at its Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. However, the debut suffered a setback after its ‘armored glass’ windows shattered.
Fast forward almost two years later, Musk admitted Thursday that Cybertruck might flop but also said he “doesn’t care” about any risk that the Cybertruck could flop because he personally loves its design.
Responding to an op-ed from one of his fans on Twitter, Tesla said that there’s “always some chance” his company’s forthcoming Cybertruck will “flop.” Nonetheless, Musk plans to keep the Cybertruck “production design” almost exactly the same as its show car — a giant metal trapezoid.
He wrote, “To be frank, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop because it is so unlike anything else. I don’t care. I love it so much even if others don’t. Other trucks look like copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like it was made by aliens from the future.”
To be frank, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop, because it is so unlike anything else.
I don’t care. I love it so much even if others don’t.
Other trucks look like copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like it was made by aliens from the future.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2021
The Cybertruck has an angular body in gunmetal gray that resembles an armored vehicle truck. The truck has a range of 500 miles and comes at a starting price of $50,000. The Cybertruck’s steel exoskeleton is impenetrable. The bulletproof glass comes standard. The all-wheel-drive gets 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Faster than a Porsche but it can tow 14,000 pounds.
Unlike traditional pickup trucks, Cybertruck looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Crowds were impressed with the futuristic look. The Cybertruck looks like a large metal trapezoid on wheels, more like an art piece than a truck. Instead of a separate cab and bed, the Cybertruck body comes in a single form.
The exterior of the truck is made from a newly developed stainless steel alloy, Musk said, the same metal that’s used for SpaceX rockets. That alloy enables the car to be “literally bulletproof” against, at least, smaller firearms, including a 9-millimeter handgun, Musk said.