Tesla revealed their new Cybertruck electric pickup last night in a presentation that went off without a hitch. Except for the “shatterproof” windows, that definitely shattered real bad.
There were a lot of design cues that went into the Tesla Cybertruck. First, there’s the look of the thing, which seems to have been ripped straight out of a bad science fiction action game that didn’t have enough video ram to render enough polygons to make it look even remotely real. Thus, we have a simple wedge design that is as aerodynamic as it is incredibly stupid.
And then there are the electric truck's "rugged" features. These are the things that are supposed to impress the off-roading crowd and the people that still remember the "Ford Tough" advertisements as though they meant something. To drive the point home, Musk showed a video of the Cybertruck out-pulling a Ford F-150 in a tug-of-war. He also showed his Head of Design Franz von Holzhausen taking a sledgehammer to the truck's stainless steel door and not leaving a mark.
Then it came to the windows. According to Musk, the Cybertruck's design was made such that it could withstand bullets up to 9mm. To demonstrate, von Holzhausen picked up a metal ball and threw it at the car's driver's side window. Instead of bouncing off, it shattered the window and left an extremely noticeable spider web of cracks.
"Oh my... well, maybe that was a little too hard," Musk said in response. So von Holzhausen picked up another ball and threw it at the rear passenger window. It too shattered.
"It didn't go through, so that's a plus side," Musk said, and then carried on with his presentation.
We’re told courtesy of Reuters that the whole presentation was only “lightly choreographed” and they didn’t really have time to perform the ball-window test beforehand. Maybe they should have. And maybe somebody should shoot the window with a 9mm handgun just to make sure that claim is also true. That’s sort of something you don’t want to lie about.