The new Tesla Cybertruck has been a topic of fascination for people all over the world since it was unveiled by the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk last month.
The design has potential customers divided because it is so different from anything to hit the market thus far, even though it does look very similar to vehicles seen in popular science fiction films like Bladerunner.
There have also been criticisms about the functionality of the design, which will likely continue after Elon Musk crashed the Cybertruck into a traffic post and ripped it from the ground in his first public test drive.
Musk took an early model of the vehicle out for a night on the town in Malibu, California, and some onlookers were able to capture video of the awkward vehicle clumsily moving through a parking lot before crashing into a traffic cone.
The vehicle was parked by valet attendants who worked at a restaurant that Musk visited, which attracted onlookers who took pictures and videos of the truck.
The restaurant was filled with celebrities and elite patrons from the Hollywood Hills, including the actor Edward Norton, who came outside to the parking lot to check it out.
When Musk finally went to leave the restaurant, a large crowd had already surrounded the vehicle, so the situation that followed was witnessed by many, and captured on videos that soon went viral.
While coasting out of the parking lot like a teenager learning to drive a manual transmission, the car drove right over a traffic post and Musk kept on driving, either unaware or unconcerned that the truck had just hit something. It is very possible that there was a very large blind spot that Musk was not able to see from the driver’s seat, or perhaps he just wasn’t paying attention.
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This is the second major mishap with the Tesla Cybertruck that critics were able to cite in their assessments of the vehicle.
Although the conference where the vehicle was announced was an overall success for Musk and Tesla, there was a small mishap with his on-stage demonstrations that raised a few eyebrows, most notably the shatterproof glass that shattered during the show.
To show off the strength of the metal during the presentation, a man with a sledgehammer was brought out to smash the sides of the truck. The metal didn’t show any signs of damage, but the windows were a different story.
The windows are still extremely strong, but apparently not entirely unbreakable as initially promised. During one demonstration a metal ball was thrown at the window, which did crack in several places, but as Musk pointed out, it didn’t actually shatter as most car windows would.
The base model of the Cybertruck will be surprisingly affordable, with a starting price of $39,900, while the most advanced version, the Tri Motor AWD version, will start at around $69,900.
Less than a week after the demonstration, Tesla announced that it received over 250,000 pre-orders for the vehicle, and they are now hoping that the trucks will officially be on the market by the end of 2021.