Cybertruck: Tesla pickup’s ‘unbreakable’ armoured glass demo goes wrong, as glass breaks

Cybertruck: Tesla pickup’s ‘unbreakable’ armoured glass demo goes wrong, as glass breaks
Cybertruck: Tesla pickup’s ‘unbreakable’ armoured glass demo goes wrong, as glass breaks

A demonstration intended to show the strength of a new Tesla truck’s “armour glass” windows went wrong after one of its glass panes smashed in front of onlooking crowds.

At a launch event in Los Angeles on Friday, Tesla’s head of design, Franz von Holzhausen, lobbed a metal ball at the passenger side window, only for the glass the shatter.

Tesla founder Elon Musk then asked Mr von Halzhausen to have another go, and, just like the first time round, the pair ended up looking quite silly.

The tech billionaire Mr Musk sheepishly said to the audience that “at least it didn’t go through”, though conceded there was “room for improvement”.

Room for improvement

The bizarre situation came about as the tech billionaire revealed the company’s first electric pickup vehicle, called the CyberTruck, to the world.

The futuristic-looking vehicle, which looks like something out of Black Mirror, and what some tech correspondents have compared to a “fascist Toblerone“, will be released at the end of 2021. It has a range of up to 500 miles.

Tesla said the vehicle has “more utility than a truck, with more performance than a sports car”.

Tesla also said the top-of-the-range, triple electric motor version of the CyberTruck would be capable of going from zero to 60 miles an hour in 2.9 seconds – a similar speed to a Ferrari Enzo.

‘Futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner design’

The truck will start at 39,900 dollars (£31,000) for the single motor version and can be pre-ordered now, Mr Musk said.

He had teased the idea of creating a truck for some time, first tweeting about building a truck in 2012, before including the idea in his so-called “master plan” for the company, published in 2016.

Mr Musk also referenced the unusual design of the CyberTruck last year, saying in an interview with Recode that the vehicle had taken on a “futuristic-like cyberpunk, ‘Blade Runner”‘ design.

As part of the announcement, Mr Musk also unveiled a quad bike built by the company, which can fit into the back of the CyberTruck and also be charged once there.