Entrepreneur Elon Musk has been spotted driving his new Cybertruck around LA, with one Instagram user sharing the footage online.
Musk can be seen at the wheel of his all-electric Tesla truck, giving the girls filming him a little wave before he speeds off. Well, got to give the fans something, haven’t you? Especially when you’re driving your own company’s distinctive new vehicle around town.
The footage was shared with the caption: “This video is going nuts right now, so many people have been hitting me up for it… HERE U GO…..”
The tech billionaire tweeted: “147k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42& choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor. With no advertising & no paid endorsement.”
He later updated that figure in a separate tweet saying he’d received 200,000 orders. If you want to place an order for your very own Cybertruck it’s only $100 (£77) to put your name on the list, which Musk says is fully refundable.
Back in November 2019, the big launch didn’t exactly go according to plan, particularly when he asked Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen to try and break one of the windows.
The launch took place in California and saw Musk telling the assembled audience: “You want a truck that’s really tough, not fake tough. You want a truck you can take a sledgehammer to, a truck that won’t scratch, doesn’t dent.”
Franz ended up breaking two windows with a steel ball – whoops – but Musk told the audience that the test wasn’t a complete failure.
“It didn’t go through,” he said.
“A little room for improvement. Alright, let’s see… so yeah… we threw wrenches, we threw everything – we even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn’t break. For some weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why. We’ll fix it in post.”
Statistics show Tesla shares fell by more than six percent following the Cybertruck’s ‘shatterproof’ glass coming pretty close to shattering.
Forbes reported how the mess-up wiped three quarters of a million dollars (in just one day) from the Tesla founder and CEO after the company’s share price dropped by six percent.
The loss might not do too much damage though, seemingly only making a dent to the 48-year-old’s $23.6 billion (£18.1bn) fortune.
The vehicle is slated for production for 2021, and will enter the market at $39,900 (£30,600).