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Elon Musk admits Tesla’s Cybertruck could flop

Elon Musk admits Tesla’s Cybertruck could flop

July 20, 2021: -On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an exchange with fans on Twitter that there’s “always some chance” that his company’s forthcoming Cybertruck will “flop.”However, Musk plans to keep the Cybertruck “production design” almost precisely the same as its show car, a giant metal trapezoid.

But he added that he “doesn’t care” about any risk that the Cybertruck could flop because he loves its design.

“To be frank, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop because it is not like anything else. I don’t care. I love it so much, even if others don’t. Other trucks are copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like aliens made it from the future,” he wrote.

The Cybertruck launch event in 2019 caused a stir because of the unusual design of the vehicle and also because Musk asked Tesla design leader Franz von Holzhausen to try smashing the vehicle’s windows, which he did.

Despite the launch snafu and the uncertainty about when Tesla can begin to deliver the Cybertruck, the $100 orders poured forth. Musk boasted the company viewed 250,000 within nearly a week of the Cybertruck’s debut.

In September, at the annual shareholder meeting of the Tesla and Battery Day event, Musk announced that Tesla had received so many Cybertruck orders that the company stopped counting.

That was before competitors revealed their plans for more traditional battery-powered trucks, like the Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV.

Musk also said Thursday that Tesla doesn’t plan to put door handles on the Cybertruck, without specifying whether such a vehicle could meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in the U.S. He even reminded fans that Tesla is deciding to add a four-wheel steering system to the sizable Cybertruck, that should enable it to move diagonally in a straight line and get into or out of some tight spots.

He wrote, “In the end, we kept production design almost exactly same as a show car—just some small tweaks here & there to make it slightly better. No door handles. The car recognizes you & opens the door. Having four wheels steer is amazing for nimble handling & tight turns!”

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