Tesla's Electric Muscle Cybertruck
Futuristic Design but Shattered Windshield Needs Work
It was an embarrassing moment for Tesla CEO Elon Musk this week. His pet project, Cybertruck, the all electric muscle truck with what was billed as bulletproof windows, wasn't bulletproof. During its debut launch in Los Angeles, the shatterproof windows shattered when hit by a metallic ball. Musk watched in horror as his armored glass windows were smashed into broken glass, not once but twice by a metallic ball. Obviously, the windows need more work. But, the cybertruck is a striking piece of engineering and a world first as a green, electric pickup truck, which Musk thinks is essential to start cleaning up toxic exhaust from trucks
Like a Space X Rocket
The truck is made of the same stainless steel used by Musk's SpaceX for space rockets. The steel is designed to make the cybertruck an armored truck that is so bulletproof that a 9mm Lugar round can't penetrate it. The cybertruck design was inspired by the Lotus Esprit 1977 used by James Bond 007 in the film "The Spy Who Loved Me". Production on the truck doesn't start for two years, so there's lots of time to fix the glass issue.
Future of Electric Trucks
Musk says the truck is designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car while being electric, green and not polluting the environment. Musk feels strongly about the importance of going electric with trucks to cut carbon emissions. His cybertruck goes 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. Top class models of the vehicle have a battery range of 500 miles. Cybertruck, with its "impenetrable exoskeleton" when production starts in two years will have a starting price of $39,999 with a simple electric motor and a 250 mile range. As this innovation is from engineer/billionaire/innovator Elon Musk, it's worth watching to see if it provides the electric ride of your life and that of James Bond.