Tesla is a polarizing company in the automotive industry. Undeniably responsible for pushing legacy automakers to take electrification seriously, Tesla’s story is as much about their products as it is about their founder Elon Musk. While the sharp-tongued South African is no stranger to getting himself into hot water online, a recent social media post by Musk may hint as his newest intentions for the Tesla Cybertruck.
According to a response Elon made to a fan’s comment on Twitter, it appears that his company may be aiming to do a cross-country trip in the Tesla Cybertruck before the end of the year. Now it is important to note that Elon doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to these types of cross country adventures, as such a test for autopilot was promised and remains long overdue at this point. That being said, drumming up some more attention for the martian-styled pickup might not be a bad thing with more electric trucks shortly coming to market.
Sure, we will aim to do a cross-country drive with Cybertruck later this year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 3, 2020
Outside of the rather unforgettable launch event, fans of the Tesla Cybertruck haven’t had much luck in the way of seeing the product. Aside from a couple cell phone videos and an appearance with Jay Leno, the Cybertruck’s public life has been limited to its brief stay at the Petersen Automotive Museum. With contenders like the GMC Hummer and the Electric F-150 slated to join the segment in the coming years, Tesla is going to need to make a major statement with the electric truck if they want to eat away at Detroit automakers’ truck sales.
While Elon may have stated that the Tesla Cybertruck will undergo such a journey this year, planning such an adventure during a pandemic may prove difficult. East coast fans want to interact with the truck, which is something health officials would probably deem inadvisable at this time. Based on other Twitter promises however, this is one that fans probably don’t have to worry too much about for now.