When the Tesla Cybertruck event started, I had just landed in Guangzhou, China three hours earlier. By the time Elon rolled the Cybertruck onto the stage, I had just sat down with a group of journalists to interview Xpeng Motor’s President, Brian Gu. I was still a bit woozy from the 15-hour flight, the time difference, and getting very little sleep for over 30 hours.
But I had to see the reveal, so I had the livestream going on my cell phone and was discreetly checking it every minute or so. Then I saw it, and I was immediately confused. Since I couldn’t have the audio on, I couldn’t hear what was being said. Surely this wasn’t the real truck. It must be a wild concept that Elon was showing before the real truck was introduced, right? As the event went on, I started to realize that, yes, this bazaar thing on stage was indeed the Cybertruck. Holy s***! I then, as discretely as possible, passed my cell phone around to let the other US-based journalists see what was on my phone. I watched their eyes open and their facial expressions fill with disbelief as they gazed upon the screen, obviously as perplexed as I was.
Once the interview was over, I was able to sit down and really look at the vehicle, read the specifications and pricing. That’s when it started to make more sense to me, and like so many others, I started to look at the vehicle and think to myself “It’s actually kinda cool and interesting”. That’s where I’m still at; intrigued, interested, still wanting more details on things crash testing & homologation, and amazed that there’s over 250,000 reservations for the Cybertruck in about one week. Am I a potential customer? Definitely. I just want more information before jumping in.