Ford challenged Tesla to an 'apples to apples' tug-of-war between pickup trucks – Musk says 'bring it on' – CNBC, Google News

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk gestures while introducing the newly unveiled all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck at Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, California on November 21, 2019.

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Tesla’s futuristic pickup truck appears set to go head-to-head against theFordF – 150 in an “apples to apples” tug-of-war battle.

The anticipated showdown, which could take place as early as next week, comes shortly after Tesla unveiled its all-electric Cybertruck.

During the promotional event in Los Angeles last week, whichturned into a somewhat embarrassing debutfor the company’s first electric pickup truck, Elon Musk showcased a promotional video of the vehicle engaging in a tug-of-war battle against a Ford F –

The 16 – second clip, which has since been viewed more than 12 million times, shows Tesla’s Cybertruck hardly breaking a sweat during the display, as it comfortably pulls a screechi ng Ford F – 150. However, critics of the demonstration have since argued the test was unfavorable to the US automaker.

Sundeep Madra, vice president at Ford X, sent a message via Twitter to Musk on Monday, apparently urging the Tesla CEO to send over a Cybertruck for an “apples to apples “tug-of-war test.

In a tweet directly replying to the Ford X vice president, Musk replied:” Bring it on. “

A Ford spokesperson was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC Tuesday morning.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – who haspreviously suggestedthat he believes Musk is more important than Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg – was one of those skeptical about the legitimacy of the original tug-of-war test .

Tyson said the stunt may not have demonstrated the pickup truck’s engine power, challenging Musk to “fully load” the Ford F – 150, “giving highest traction to its rear wheels, then try to drag that up the hill.”

Musk agreed to do that next week.

He has since suggested the next tug-of-war test will be available to watch via webcast.

Botched demo

On Sunday night,Musk said Tesla had received 200, 000 ordersfor its Cybertruck, despite a botched demo that led to a broken window and sparked meme’s making fun of the vehicle’s steel trapezoid shape.

At the unveiling, Musk tried to showcase the Cybertruck’s durability by having the company’s design chiefhurl a metal ballat one of the Cybertruck’s armored glass windows.

The window ended up cracking. Then another ball was thrown at another window and it shattered, too.

– CNBC’sLora Kolodnycontributed to this report.

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