Tesla Cybertruck Spotted Driving 'In the Wild' Down California Street

The Tesla Cybertruck isn't expected to enter full production until 2021, but one of the hulking electric pickups has already been spotted in the wild.

A video posted online Tuesday by Instagram user Chicago_roy shows one of the trucks casually driving through Hawthorne, California. Alongside the Tesla Design Center, the area is home to other Elon Musk ventures including SpaceX and The Boring Company.

It is unknown who was behind the wheel. The Cybertruck was unveiled on November 21 and has attracted at least 250,000 pre-orders at $100 each.

Chicago_roy wrote: "First and only video posted on all social media platforms of me catching @elonrmuskk and @teslamotors new Tesla Cybertruck driving through Hawthorne today near SpaceX headquarters."

The clip has been viewed more than 63,000 times on that Instagram account alone, but was also widely shared across other social media platforms.

The person who filmed the brief 4-second Instagram clip can be heard saying "what the heck" as the Cybertuck whizzes past, with its bulky steel exoskeleton on full display. Tesla previously let media and YouTube creators ride in the truck during the reveal event in Los Angeles last week.

As reported by Business Insider, the video was tagged "SpaceX Hawthorne, CA," while a banner that can be seen outside a construction zone in the video further confirmed the location. The destination of the pickup was unclear. No other videos of it in the wild have surfaced.

When the electric vehicle was brought on stage by Musk last Thursday, reaction was mixed. The unconventional design instantly sparked headlines, and media attention only grew after both of the pickup truck's windows shattered during a test intended to prove their durability.

Musk continued to fuel headlines in the days after the event by making comparisons to the Ford F-150, one of the most popular trucks in the U.S. In a video posted to his Twitter profile, Musk showed a Cybertruck dominating its competitor in a—likely unfair—uphill tug of war.

The $100 pre-order amount is fully refundable, meaning the 250,000 deposits are not totally indicative of how many orders will actually be placed.

According to Tesla, the Cybertruck will come in three variants: a $39,900 single-motor rear wheel drive, a $49,900 dual-motor all wheel drive and a $69,900 tri-motor all wheel drive. Production of the tri-motor AWD is expected to begin in late 2022, the company says.

The top model can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2.9 seconds, will have a range of 500-plus miles and boast a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds.

"Cybertruck is our last product unveil for a while, but there will be some (mostly) unexpected technology announcements next year," Musk said on his Twitter profile last Sunday.

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People take pictures of the newly unveiled all-electric battery-powered Tesla's Cybertruck at Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, California on November 21, 2019. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty
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