“Tesla’s bulletproof claims: Cybertruck takes shots and stands strong”

Tesla Cybertruck (carbuzz.com)

Tesla Cybertruck (carbuzz.com)

“Elon Musk proves Cybertruck’s resilience as prototype survives tommy gun test”.

Ever since the debut of the Cybertruck in 2019, Tesla has touted its unique selling point – a bulletproof exterior, thanks to its innovative stainless steel body. While the infamous “smashed window” incident cast a shadow on its bulletproof claims, recent events indicate a shot at redemption for Tesla CEO Elon Musk. A Cybertruck prototype was spotted on the freeway, riddled with bullets from a Tommy gun, reaffirming the EV’s robust exterior.

Multiple shots, fired on the left-hand side of the vehicle, challenged the Cybertruck’s bulletproof reputation. In response to the video posted on social media, Musk proudly stated, “We emptied the entire drum magazine of a Tommy gun into the driver door Al Capone style. No bullets penetrated into the passenger compartment.” Days later, the shot-up prototype reappeared in daylight, emphasizing its resilience.

Critics argue that the Cybertruck had it relatively easy, as the firepower and design of the decades-old Thompson submachine gun are outdated compared to modern weapons. While Musk claimed the Cybertruck could withstand a 9mm round with its stainless steel bodywork, true bulletproof standards require certification. Building genuine armored vehicles involves extensive engineering beyond bodywork, including upgraded windows. Given the Cybertruck’s prior struggles with a steel ball, its side glass may not fare much better against bullets.

Musk openly acknowledged that the stainless steel bodywork of the Cybertruck presented a challenging engineering task, stating that “we dug our own grave” while tempering production expectations. As the first deliveries reportedly begin next month, more details are emerging, including information about the tri-motor powertrain and the truck’s weight and GVWR ratings.

Regardless of personal opinions about the Cybertruck’s unconventional design, its undeniable marketing impact for the Tesla brand continues to be significant.