Elon Musk explains why Teslas Cybertruck windows smashed during presentation – The Verge

The unveiling of Teslas Cybertruck last week was full of surprises, but none more shocking than the moment when lead designer Franz von Holzhausen smashed two of the vehicles armor glass windows onstage with a metal ball. It certainly wasnt the result CEO Elon Musk was expecting, who could be heard muttering oh my fucking god under his breath before being forced to complete his presentation in front of the fractured panes.

But Musk says he knows what went wrong, and explained things on Twitter. Right before the metal ball test, von Holzhausen smacked the door with a sledgehammer on stage to prove its durability (and unlike the glass, it was fine), and Musk says this impact cracked base of glass, which is why the windows subsequently smashed when hit by the ball.

This seems plausible, especially as Musk also shared a slow motion video of von Holzhausen performing the same exact test before the event, with the ball bouncing harmlessly off the window. The combined impacts likely weakened the glass, setting the stage for the eventual smash. (Though why the back window broke as well isnt clear: the passenger door didnt get whomped by the sledgehammer.)

At any rate, the smashed glass was just one moment in an event which gave viewers plenty to talk about without the on-stage mishaps. The divisive design and impressive specs of the Cybertruck have caught the worlds attention, and since the unveiling Musk has been drip-feeding bits of information on Twitter to keep people engaged.

Solar panels on the roof that charge the car as it drives? Were doing it, says Musk. A new matte black finish? Sure, he says. The Tesla CEO even suggested a second, smaller version of the Cybertruck would make sense in the long term.

Well have to wait and see how many of these promises become a reality (remember: Musk has been predicting Teslas will have full self driving capability for years) but theres certainly a lot of interest in the Cybertruck. As of Monday morning, Musk said the company had received more than 200,000 preorders for the vehicle, with no advertising & no paid endorsement. All it took was a few smashed windows instead.

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