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If there’s one thing we know about Elon Musk, it’s that he knows what he’s doing with Tesla. And, even when he doesn’t, he is confident that things will work out. Or they won’t. On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Elon Musk tweeted that the Cybertruck may “flop,” and he doesn’t care. For a company that is constantly forging a new path, this attitude should not be surprising.

A silver Tesla Cybertruck against a black and smoky background.
Tesla Cybertruck | Tesla

Why does Elon Musk think the Cybertruck may flop?

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Elon Musk tweeted, “To be frank, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop, because it is so unlike anything else.”

If it’s disconcerting to hear the CEO of Tesla so uncertain about the newest electric vehicle to their lineup, it shouldn’t be. One of the reasons that Tesla is such a game-changer in electric vehicle technology is its willingness to take chances. Musk isn’t saying that the Cybertruck will flop, he’s saying it might. And, if it does, it will likely be because we aren’t ready to see something that looks like it came from Doctor Who.

Musk went on to write, “I don’t care. I love it so much even if others don’t. Other trucks look like copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like it was made by aliens from the future.”

This is a perfect description for the Cybertruck, with its sharp edges and robotic structure. it is unlike anything else on the market, which could either be a huge advantage or disadvantage for the upcoming electric truck. 

Why was Musk tweeting about the Cybertruck’s potential failure in the first place?

Musk’s tweet came in response to another tweet about an opinion piece regarding Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck debut. Mask seems to prefer Twitter over a typical public relations firm as Tesla’s primary form of communication. 

Naturally, Tesla fans and followers had more questions about the Cybertruck’s release, which Musk was happy to answer. When asked whether there were any updates to the Cybertruck, Musk replied with, “In end, we kept production design almost exactly same as show car. Just some small tweaks here & there to make it slightly better.

No door handles. Car recognizes you & opens door.

Having all four wheels steer is amazing for nimble handling & tight turns!”

The Cybertruck will be here before we know it


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According to Kelley Blue Book, the Tesla Cybertruck will begin to be delivered in late 2021. They added that Elon Musk has said, “We’ll make a few deliveries of the Cybertruck in 2021, but volume production is set for next year.” That means if you want to order your Cybertruck, now is the time. 

The Tesla Cybertruck has a base price of $39,900 and can go 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds (if you buy the fastest model). Additionally, it gets an astonishing 500 miles of range.

It’s hard to predict just how the Tesla Cybertruck will do. It is such a new truck in both style and design, that it is impossible to compare it to anything else on the market. Only time will tell, but if the cyber truck is like other Teslas, it is unlikely to be a flop.