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Tesla’s truck branded as ‘ultimate durability’ sees glass shatter during product launch

Tesla has supposedly received approximately 200,000 orders for its new Cybertruck, an electric pickup truck, despite the gaffe during last week’s launch which saw the supposedly armoured glass windows shatter.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, tweeted on 24 November that the company has already received over 146,000 orders for the Cybertruck without any advertising and paid endorsement. A few hours ago, Musk tweeted “187k”, a supposed reference to the number of orders for the Cybertruck, and about 44 minutes ago at the time of writing, Musk tweeted “200k”.

According to multiple media reports, Musk said during last week’s launch that the cybertruck is “built with an exterior shell made for ultimate durability and passenger protection”. He added that it has a “nearly impenetrable exoskeleton” and every component is “designed for superior strength and endurance”. Thereafter, he invited Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s head of design, to test the durability and power of the Cybertruck.

Von Holzhausen first used a sledgehammer to slam the Cybertruck door, showing no damage. Later on, he threw a metal ball at the driver’s side window as part of a series of tests for the audience and to everyone’s shock, the window cracked. He also threw another ball at the rear passenger window, which cracked as well.

Meanwhile, Musk said in another tweet that the cybertruck is its last product unveil for awhile, “but there will be some (mostly) unexpected” technology announcements in 2020. Last July, Tesla unveiled its limited edition surfboards which sold out overnight. The surfboard was designed by the Tesla Design Studio in collaboration with Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, surfboard shaper for World Surf League Championship athletes. It previously also sold sold caps and a flame thrower.

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(Photo courtesy: Tesla’s Facebook page)

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