(Nov 22): Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took to the stage late Thursday to reprise a familiar role: pitching a future vehicle to a throng of adoring fans. This time, it’s the “Cybertruck” -- his name for Tesla’s new electric pickup truck.

The angular vehicle, with a stainless-steel skin, starts at US$39,900 ($54,371) and will come in three variants, Musk told a packed audience in Hawthorne, California. Customers can order the truck with just a US$100 deposit, though production “nears in late 2021,” Tesla said on its website.

After a “Blade Runner”-inspired introduction, Musk had Tesla’s long time chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, smash the truck’s steel exterior with a sledgehammer, showing that it did not dent.

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