Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk took to social media in order to explain why two windows of the heavily hyped ‘cybertruck,’ smashed during a PR demonstration in Los Angeles one week ago.
In a series of demonstrations, the vehicle was hit with a sledgehammer and steel balls were dropped down a shaft onto a piece of the vehicle’s new window glass in order to prove there was no effect. Tesla’s chief designer Franz von Holzhausen then came on stage and threw a ball at the driver’s side window of the truck on stage, causing the window to smash.
A second attempt on the back window of the passenger side also yielded a smashed window. Mr Musk, looking visibly mortified, had commented that the important thing was that the ball did not go through the window.
Following some time, and a couple of hundred thousand orders for Tesla’s answer to America’s favourite vehicle – the pickup truck – Mr Musk commented on Twitter about the stunt gone wrong.
He wrote on Twitter that “Sledgehammer impact on door cracked base of glass, which is why steel ball didn't bounce off," Musk tweeted. "Should have done steel ball on window, *then* sledgehammer the door. Next time ..."
It is being reported that the Tesla has already received some 200,000 orders for its cybertruck, starting at around €36,000.