A Tesla Cybertruck has been spotted driving on public roads in the US for the first time, despite being years away from launch.
An Instagram user shared a video of the electric truck being followed by a Tesla Model 3 on a street in Hawthorne near SpaceX’s California headquarters.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that more than 250,000 pre-orders have been placed for the Cybertruck, though he is yet to reveal when the exact release date will be.
Pre-orders require a $100 downpayment, meaning Tesla has generated more than $25 million within the first week of its unveiling.
At the unveiling of the Cybertruck last week, Mr Musk described it as unlike any pickup truck that has come before it.
Trucks have been the same for like 100 years,” he said. “We need something different and we need sustainable energy now. To solve sustainable energy we have to have a pickup truck.”
It comes with impressive specs, capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds and towing heavy loads.
Tesla claims it offers “better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car”, and pulled several stunts to attempt to prove it.
In a separate video demonstration, Tesla showed the electric truck beating a Ford F-150 pickup in a tug-of-war contest.
Executives from Ford have since claimed the test was not carried out under fair conditions and challenged the electric car maker to a rematch.
Fundamentally some commenters argue that The Cyber Truck is a bragging rights design, and as such it looks like the result will be unfit for real-world usage: they appear to have started off with the wrong priorities, chose the wrong materials as a result, and ignored all the annoying regulations and laws based on real-world-experience and designed to save thousands of lives, which they now need to be able to pass.