Thursday 5 December 2019

Smash hit: Cracked windows jolt Tesla Cybertruck launch

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck. Photo: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk stands in front of the cracked windows of company's first electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck, after it was unveiled and a metal ball was thrown at the windows, in Los Angeles, California U.S., November 21, 2019, in this frame grab made from the livestream of the unveiling event. Tesla/Handout via REUTERS.

Naomi Tajitsu

Tesla's highly anticipated unveiling of its futuristic pick-up truck suffered a setback after its 'armoured glass' windows shattered during a demonstration.

During the tightly choreographed unveiling of the Cybertruck, Tesla boss Elon Musk had taken a stab at the design, power and durability of mainstream trucks, only to be shaken when his boast about his new truck's windows backfired.

To show off the robust design of the new $39,900 (€36,100) pick-up, Mr Musk enlisted his head of design, Franz von Holzhausen, to take a sledgehammer to the side of the vehicle. The crowd cheered when it bounced off the surface without leaving a mark.

But the truck's windows were not as fortunate, cracking like spider webs when metal balls were thrown at them.

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"Oh my, well, maybe that was a little too hard," Mr Musk said.

Still, he allowed Mr Von Holzhausen another throw to the rear passenger window, only to see that crack as well.


Irish Independent

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