It was a staged power demonstration by Tesla, when Elon Musk played a video of the company’s new Cybertruck (the futuristic electric truck) pulling an F-150 in what was pitched as a head-to-head contest.
A Quick Rundown:
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, indirectly challenged Ford when he played the video of Cybertruck towing Ford’s F-150, during the unveiling of the electric vehicle.
Many came in the defense of F-150 stating it wasn’t a fair fight. Famous astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted “A badass @Tesla looking like it’s doing a badass thing. But if the @Ford F-150 is RWD **with no payload** then weight on the Rear Axle is greatly reduced, offering only mild traction for the Tesla to overcome. This contest is more about the Physics of Friction than Engine Power.”
Reacting to the video Sunny Madra, Vice President of Ford X at Ford Motor Company tweeted to Musk, challenging the CEO to send Ford a Cybertruck to do an “apples to apples” test. Musk, who is well conversant in the Twitter troll, answered with a “bring it on.”
According to a spokesperson of Ford, Madra’s tweet was “tongue in cheek” to point out the absurdity of the video.
Musk’s awkward debut of the Tesla Cybertruck resulted in TSLA to fall by 6%. Demonstration of the armor glass ended in shattered windows and ultimately broken promises. Telsa’s new truck is taking an enormous style risk as it seems like it has come straight out of a 80s Sci-fi movie. Critics compared the vehicle’s design to a 90s child’s illustration on Mac Paint AAPL.
Despite all the trolling, Tesla’s loyal cohorts placed roughly 200,000 orders at the beginning of this week.
The most impressive part about this vehicle is its battery technology. Not only can this truck overpower an F-150 in the video, but can boast the longest-range EV in the market.
The Cybertruck will be able to accelerate from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and contain a battery with a range of up to 500 miles. This will outpace its own Tesla S, which can run as many as 335 miles on a single charge (the longest range EV in the market).
Tesla continues to stay ahead of the innovation curve, and the release of the Cybertruck proves its willingness to take pioneering risks.