As Mr Musk unveiled the Cybertruck, the corporate’s first armoured car, at an occasion in Los Angeles, the group determined to indicate off its bulletproof home windows. To display the energy of the home windows, Tesla’s design chief Franz von Holzhausen threw a brick at one in every of them. Nevertheless, the glass cracked when the brick hit it in an embarrassing flip of occasions.
Mr Musk, who additionally runs SpaceX, tried to make gentle of the state of affairs on stage and stated: “Well, maybe that was a little too hard. It didn’t go through, so that’s a plus.”
However the South African-born billionaire was evidently humbled by the accident, taking to Twitter after the occasion to state that Tesla has some work to do.
Mr Musk uploaded a video to his social media account displaying Mr von Holzhausen rehearsing the throw, this time not smashing the window.
Accompanying the video, Mr Musk wrote: “Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha.”
Earlier he had claimed the car is “literally bulletproof to a 9mm handgun”.
Shares in corporations owned by Mr Musk suffered a major fall following the embarrassing incident.
The fundamental Cybertruck shall be out there for buy for $ 39,000 (£30,000) with a prime vary mannequin costing $ 69,900 (£54,460).
For a further $ 7,000 (£5,453) prospects will be capable of buy a “self-driving” choice that may be capable of drive itself as soon as the software program is accomplished.
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The costliest Cybertruck mannequin will be capable of carry 3,500 kilos of fabric or tow a most of 14,000 kilos.
Absolutely charged it can have a spread of 500 miles, although essentially the most fundamental model will run out of energy after 250 miles.
The futuristic car’s design was “influenced” by James Bond film The Spy Who Cherished Me, in keeping with Musk.
The angular car would be the first all-electric pick-up in a US market dominated by Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler.
Musk informed the launch in Los Angeles: “We need sustainable energy now. If we don’t have a pickup truck, we can’t solve it.”