In 2012, Elon Musk mentioned that he’d be down with making a “supertruck.” On Thursday, that tweet in its final form was unveiled at a Los Angeles launch event: Its allegedly a bulletproof Cybertruck, which will begin production in 2021.
@DJjodes Would love to make a Tesla supertruck with crazy torque, dynamic air suspension and corners like its on rails. That’d be sweet…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 1, 2012
The high-tech contraption is the company’s first-ever electric pickup truck. While the truck was built partly with a coolness factor in mind—its design was influenced by the sportscar/submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me—Musk also conceptualized it as an alternative for America’s obsession with pickups.
“We need sustainable energy now. If we don’t have a pickup truck we can’t solve it,” Musk said at the event. “The top 3 selling vehicles in America are pickup trucks. To solve sustainable energy, we have to have a pickup truck.”
Musk listed the Cybertruck’s performance bonafides—including a wild zero to 60 mph of 2.9 seconds—and announced its base price of $40,000. He also claimed that Tesla’s new invention was bulletproof. “You want a truck that’s really tough. Not fake tough,” he said.
The Cybertruck was fake tough. Its window shattered when Tesla design head Franz vol Holzhausesn threw a metal ball at it during the demonstration. “Oh my fucking god,” Musk said, perhaps as shocked as the attendees, though perhaps slightly more embarrassed. An optimist, Musk pointed out that at least the ball didn’t actually go through the glass.
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