Elon Musk Admits He Was Worried Tesla's Cybertruck Would Be a Flop

Doubts of whether anyone would buy the massive truck crept into Musk's mind.
Fabienne Lang
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Even Elon Musk had doubts over his recently revealed Tesla Cybertruck. In case you missed its launch, you can check out the tank-like electric truck here.

To say it garnered a lot of attention would be an understatement. There were good and bad reviews, and there certainly was a fair share of mockery involved given the truck's bizarre appearance...not to mention the fact that it failed its shatterproof glass test on stage. 

Now, Musk has admitted he, too, had his doubts over the Cybertruck's success.


"Nobody would buy" Tesla's Cybertruck

"I wasn’t sure if nobody would buy it or if a lot of people would buy it," admitted Musk on the Third Row Tesla podcast last month. 

It turns out that even the creators of the controversial truck weren't entirely convinced of its success. 

"I told the team, ‘Listen, if nobody wants to buy this, we could always make one that looks like the other trucks,'" continued Musk. "Like ‘OK, that was a weird failure, but now we’ll make one that looks like the others."

Musk certainly tries to stand out of from the crowd with his creations, and if anything, he was successful in getting a lot of attention under Tesla's name. 

According to Musk, his intentions were to shock audiences with his bold and brash design. You have to give him that, it certainly did shock the world. Musk said on the podcast: "A lot of reasons why people buy pickup trucks in the U.S. is because it’s the most badass truck. Which one’s the toughest truck? What’s tougher than a truck? A tank. A tank from the future."

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It's relatively easy to picture the Cybertruck geared out as a tank in the future. 

All of this is not to say that Musk wasn't 100% behind the idea of the Cybertruck. He'd in fact been excited about its creation for a few years before it was revealed. The angular body of the truck is partly based on a 1976 Lotus Esprit sports car Musk bought in 2013 for nearly $1 million

This was a project close to his heart. With pre-orders doing well, perhaps it wasn't such a bad idea after all. 

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