Tesla Cybertruck Steps Out in Public at Petersen Museum
Months after temporarily shutting down, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles resumed operations on Friday June 19 and partnered with Tesla to have the Cybertruck welcome visitors to its premises. By presenting the Cybertruck during its first public appearance after a private unveiling at the Tesla Design Center, the Petersen Museum confirmed the place of the wild concept among the whole of the car as art. There’s also a good reason for this, as no other vehicle currently offers the same visual impact as the all-electric Tesla Cybertruck.
Exposed for a week from June 20 to 26, I walked past the Petersen on Father’s Day, looking to see if my somewhat optimistic outlook on the much-criticized angle sensor could change after seeing it in person. I sent a photo of the Cybertruck to a few of my friends; the women seemed to dig it out, while one of my male friends immediately replied in the negative: “No broken windows,” he joked. “I think it’s a lousy truck, [but] it has a shock value. “
Indeed, a description of the Tesla Cybertruck on a museum plaque said: “Designed to resemble the futuristic vehicles of the science fiction film Blade Runner (1982) and the James Bond Lotus Spirit Aquatic in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Cybertruck is Tesla’s first van model. The Cybertruck combines utility and performance, with an all-wheel drive electric powertrain and a durable stainless steel exterior and Tesla armored glass. The truck bed, or “safe,” is designed with 100 cubic feet of lockable storage space and has an innovative automatic bed cover. “
Seeing the reactions of other museum visitors to the Cybertruck Tesla up close, the consensus was excitement and puzzlement, followed by fixation. The kids loved it and the adults kept taking selfies with the Cybertruck in the background.
I waited for the crowd to disperse, then I went around to see and photograph the pickup from all possible angles. I crouched down, stopped, moved closer and surrounded the shameless futuristic electric machine. I can’t wait for our first chance to get behind the wheel. For now, however, these photographs of it should be sufficient. Sigh.