Telsa’s Cybertruck became a sensation when it was revealed to the world in November 2019, but CEO Elon Musk had doubts about the futuristic design.
In a recent podcast, the billionaire said ‘if nobody wants to buy this, we could always make one that looks like the other trucks’.
However, he continued to explain why people might fall for the unconventional design – because it is ‘a tank from the future’.
‘A lot of reasons why people buy pickup trucks in the U.S. is because it’s the most bad-a** truck. Which one’s the toughest truck?’ he said on the podcast. ‘So ‘what’s tougher than a truck? A tank.’
The all-electric truck’s body is based on a 1976 Lotus Esprit sports car Musk owned in 2013 and the rest of the design pulls inspiration from vehicles in ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Alien’.
‘You want to have these things that inspire people and feels different,’ Musk said on the podcast. ‘Everything else is the same, like variations on the same theme.’
Now, Musk has boasted the vehicle has more than 250,000 pre-orders and noted in the an earnings call ‘we’ve never seen this level of demand’.
‘A few months ago we revealed the Cybertruck and that went viral,’ he said during the call.
‘We tried to build a product that is superior in every way without any preconceptions of how the product should look.’
‘What’s the most bad ass futuristic armored personnel carrier? We wanted it to look like it came out of a sci-fi movie from the the future,’ he said.
‘It’s going to be pretty nuts. I think actually the product is better than people realize even. They don’t even have enough information to realize the awesomeness of it. It’s just great.’
On November 25, 2019, Musk and his design chief Franz von Holshausen took the stage at Tesla’s Design Studio in Hawthorne, California to unveil the highly-anticipated cybertruck.
The electric pickup truck was said to shatterproof, but was found to be just the opposite during the live demo.
Holshausen tried to prove the glass was unbreakble by throwing a heavy metal ball at close range and seconds later Musk was heard muttering ‘oh my f***ing God’ when the glass smashed.
Musk appeared confused and asked Holzhausen to try another window, which also promptly smashed, but Musk pointed out it ‘didn’t go through’ the glass.
‘Ah not bad,’ the CEO added to laughs from the audience. ‘There’s room for improvement.’
‘We threw wrenches, we threw everything, we even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn’t break,’ he said about testing the strength of the windows. ‘For some weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why.
‘We’ll fix it in post.’
Musk then took to Twitter to explain why the windows of his Cybertruck embarrassingly broke during a failed strength test at its launch event last week.
Musk explained in a tweet that the base of the glass window had already been weakened during a previous demo.
Holzhausen had hit the car’s door with a sledgehammer to prove its toughness and, while it appeared to go unscathed, this ‘cracked the base of [the]glass’, according to Musk.