Tesla's Elon Musk Blames Sledgehammer Blows For Shattered Cybertruck Window
Never one to let things go, Tesla head Elon Musk finally explained what happened with the shattered window during the Cybertruck unveiling last week.
During a late-night event (at least for those in certain time zones) Tesla unveiled its much-awaited and seemingly forever teased all-electric pickup truck the Cybertruck.
The order not the tool is to blame
The stainless steel monster, which more than 200,000 people have put a $100 deposit on, can withstand pretty much everything that is thrown at it.
Everything but a steel ball.
During the show, Musk boasted about the strength of the Cybertruck having the team throw different items at it. The body of the all-electric truck withstood several blows from a sledgehammer, but when a steel ball was lodged at it, the so-called "armor glass" of the window shattered. An embarrassing display. One Musk eventually took to Twitter to explain.
Responding to a user who blamed the sledgehammer for the window debacle, Musk wrote: "Sledgehammer impact on door cracked base of glass, which is why steel ball didn't bounce off."
Yup. Sledgehammer impact on door cracked base of glass, which is why steel ball didn’t bounce off. Should have done steel ball on window, *then* sledgehammer the door. Next time …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2019
It didn't shatter in practice
Musk also wanted the world to know the glass could withstand a steel ball being thrown at it, posting a video of designer Franz von Holzhuasen practicing the steel ball throw but that time the glass didn't break.
Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha. pic.twitter.com/eB0o4tlPoz— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2019
Despite the mishap, Tesla fans appear to have fallen in love with the Cybertruck. Over the weekend Tesla brought in around 200,000, with people putting down $100 to get their hands on the electric truck sometime next year.