If nothing else, the Tesla CEO is honest.
If there's one thing you've got to admire about Elon Musk, it's his candor when things don't go according to plan. When the Tesla Model S Plaid Plus was canceled in June, Musk casually said that there was "no need" for it as the standard Plaid was good enough. Similarly, after the EV automaker removed the Model Y Standard Range from its website, Musk admitted that he thought that the crossover's range simply didn't meet Tesla's high standards. Musk has now once again shared a jarringly blunt statement on Twitter, this time admitting that there is a chance that the upcoming Cybertruck could flop - but that he doesn't care even if that's the case.
These frank admissions of his products' shortcomings could be seen as endearing in their honesty, a clever piece of reverse psychology, or concerning for buyers who have placed orders for these vehicles. Musk was responding to an opinion piece that the Cybertruck would be the company's first flop and he admitted that this is possible because the truck is "unlike anything else" and that it "looks like it was made by aliens from the future".
There have already been over one million reservations for the Cybertruck, a towering figure that suggests anything but a flop. Then again, a lot has happened since the Cybertruck was first shown. Notably, Ford revealed the new F-150 Lightning.
The F-150 Lightning combines powerful electric propulsion with a more traditional truck design, a recipe that could be challenging for Tesla to match. A recent poll indicated that demand for the two trucks was equally strong, with neither really having the upper hand over the other.
Of course, we will only get a more accurate picture of the Cybertruck's reception in the market when it actually goes into production, something that might only happen in 2022. Despite Musk's admission, it's hard to imagine that the Cybertruck will be a complete flop when it arrives.