Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Elon Musk Accepts Challenge issued by Ford VP [Tesla Cybertruck vs Ford F-150]

Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck on 21st November. During its premiere, the Cybertruck was brought on the stage and was struck on its doors with multiple blows from a Sledgehammer which did not even leave a dent. The truck's design is different from the norm as it has straight lines for its chassis, however, it makes it look like a "low polygon rendering" of a car. 

This has not deterred people from pre-ordering it. The pre-orders have reached beyond a staggering figure of 1,87,000. The figure seems to have reached 200k as per tweets from Elon Musk himself. The pre-orders only require the consumers to put down 100$ towards the order, which is comparatively lower than the previous figure of 1000$ for Model 3 and the future Tesla Model Y has a pre-order fee of 2,500$.

The unveiling also featured a test of a new glass developed by Tesla, which could withstand a lot of stress and impact. It was demonstrated using a standard glass panel on which a steel ball was dropped, shattering the panel. When Tesla's Armor glass panel was kept below the tube for directing the metal ball, it could take a lot of punishment. 

The real kicker came when the glass on the Cybertruck itself was put to the test. When Tesla's long time Chief Designer himself took the metal ball and chucked it towards the front and back windows of the Cybertruck, the windows cracked. This was unexpected, as the windows were tested pre-event and they held up. This event caused Tesla's shares to drop in value of about 6%. 

The cause was explained later in Musk's tweet:
The event also featured a video of a Tug of War between the Cybertruck and a Ford F-150.

This tug of war was won by the Cybertruck. However, Ford's VP claimed that the Ford truck in the video was the low spec version of the Ford F-150 and asked for a Cybertruck to conduct the Tug-of-War again.

Elon Musk replied to the Ford VP's tweet with a 'Bring it on'.

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