Tesla CEO Elon Musk has admitted that the automaker’s cybertruck could have trouble when it launches later this year.
In response to a tweet from Tesla Owners Online that predicted the all-electric Cybertruck will be “a huge hit,” the billionaire entrepreneur said, somewhat surprisingly, “Honestly, there’s always some chance that Cybertruck will flop because it’s different than that everything else.”
Musk, however, stood by the cybertruck’s fancy design and insisted that if it failed, he wouldn’t mind, saying, “I love it so much, even when others don’t.”
He added that while “other trucks look like copies of the same thing … Cybertruck looks like it was built by aliens from the future.” Few will disagree with that assessment.
To be honest, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop because it’s so different from everything else.
I do not care. I love it so much even when others don’t.
Other trucks look like copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like it was built by aliens from the future.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2021
In another tweet this week, the Tesla CEO said the Cybertruck “will look almost exactly like” [the] Showcar ”with“ just a few tweaks here and there to make it a little better ”and adds that it will also include newly introduced functions such as rear-wheel steering for tight corners.
Musk’s “flop” comment represents the hardest blow the vehicle has suffered since Tesla design chief Franz von Holzhausen smashed one of the pickup’s windows in a stunt that was supposed to demonstrate the resilience of the vehicle glass when it was launched in 2019.
Still, the unfortunate mishap didn’t stop a reported half a million people from handing in the $ 100 pre-order for the cybertruck in the months following the reveal.
The Cybertruck is expected to hit the market in three versions and cost between $ 39,900 and $ 69,900 depending on the number of electric motors, trailer load and range.
Tesla will build the Cybertruck at a facility under construction in Austin, Texas and plans to bring it to market by the end of this year.
And if the cybertruck does flop, what then? Musk said last year that if the vehicle couldn’t find a market, Tesla would consider building a “copycat truck” and turning the original version into a museum piece. Oh wait, this already happened.