Elon Musk unveils Tesla's new Cybertruck to first customers
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Elon Musk's Tesla is ready to start the first round of deliveries of the brand new Cybertruck after four years of delays.
The Tesla truck, said to have "more utility than a truck and faster than a sports car" going from 0-69 in 2.6 seconds, was showcased at an event at the company’s factory in Austin, Texas.
At the event, Musk drove the Cybertruck onto the stage, where diehard fans erupted into cheers.
It marks the latest model in almost four years, with "space & comfort like a living room," including an 18.5” touchscreen in the front and a 9.4” touchscreen in the back. It also contains 15 speakers and a built-in hospital-grade HEPA filter.
But what's the point of the Cybertruck? For Musk, it's clearly about proving that electric cars can do more than just nip around city roads - they can go off-road too, and potentially become some of the sturdiest models available.
"It’s not just some grandstanding showpiece like me,” he said during launch, before speaking about the bulletproof and arrowproof doors and "armor glass" windows. Musk described it as “apocalypse technology", and it's no coincidence that the model has been the focus of much speculation in the prepper/survivalist community over the past few years either.
Musk also clearly believes Tesla has produced something which no other company could be capable of, calling the Cybertruck “the most unique thing on the road”.
Attention at the launch event soon turned to the machine's impressive features, with Musk sharing a clip of someone using a range of guns to fire away at it. The truck was left with nothing but bullet dents along the side exterior – but the interior remained untouched.
"In movies, you sometimes see the heroes or heroine hiding behind the car door while being shot with bullets. It doesn't actually work," Musk noted. "Unless, you're driving a Cybertruck."
He also referenced his $1 bet with Joe Rogan, in which he said an arrow wouldn't damage the new Tesla model.
Elon Musk bet Joe Rogan $1 an arrow wouldn't penetrate the Cybertruck \ud83d\ude0f\n\nFrom https://t.co/11TW5Iupfk
That said, one awkward mishap from 2019 saw the tech mogul testing the Cybertruck's toughness by throwing a metal ball at the window to see if it impacted the glass.
Spoiler alert: It smashed... twice.
An initially confident Musk was left stunned, as he muttered: "Oh my f****** god. Well, maybe that was a little too hard."