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“Bulletproof” Windows on New Tesla Truck Shatter During Live Unveiling

A steel ball and two solid throws quickly debunked that claim.

Elon Musk said that Tesla’s new Cybertruck was “bulletproof,” but a public demonstration quickly debunked that claim.
 
On November 21, the Tesla CEO revealed the company’s first electric pickup truck, called the “Cybertruck”—but it’s not quite the pickup truck we’re all familiar with. The base version of the truck with a single motor  starts at $39,900. The top-end Tri Motor AWD Cybertruck starts at $69,900. It will apparently be able to carry 3,500 lbs and tow up to 14,00 lbs.
 
During the unveiling of the Cybertruck, Musk claimed the car was “bulletproof” against a 9mm handgun, and had design lead Franz Von Holzhausen throw a steel ball at the front window…which shattered it.
 
Von Holshausen then threw the ball at the rear window, which also resulted in cracks.
 
Musk then continued his presentation in front of the broken windows.
 
“We threw wrenches, we threw everything. Even literally the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn’t break,” he said to the crowd. “For some weird reason, it broke now. I don’t know why. Well fix it in post.”
 
Twitter obviously had a field day with the footage, and poked fun at the very much not bulletproof windows.

Deutsche Bank analysts also thought the presentation left a lot to be desired.

“While the materials used appear robust, there could be questions about the truck’s durability when used under work conditions, especially in light of its seemingly unibody construction,” they said in a research note,” they said. “And the shattering of the truck’s unbreakable glass windows during the live demonstration was not a good start.”

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