Tesla launches a bizarre £38 ‘Cyberwhistle’

Tesla has launched a bizarre $50 (£38) ‘Cyberwhistle’ – and the product sold out quickly within hours.

The new accessory is just a little whistle in the form of the Cybertruck, Tesla’s ultra-resilient, all-electric pickup truck, which has yet to enter production.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a joke about whistleblowers when he promoted Cyberwhistle on his Twitter page on Tuesday, telling his followers to “whistle about Tesla!”

His comments may be a reference to former Tesla employees turned whistleblowers, including one who is suing the company for “rampant sexual harassment.”

It’s not the first time Tesla has sold outlandish merchandise – it released $69 (£52) limited edition carbon fiber surfboards for $1,500 (£1,100) and ‘short shorts’ with S3XY written on the back last year.

Tesla launched the bizarre $50 (£38) ‘Cyberwhistle’ on Tuesday and sold out in hours

CYBERWHISTLE

Price: $50 (£38)

Material: Medical grade stainless steel with a polished finish

Design: Modeled after Cybertruck, Tesla’s angular pickup EV

A former Tesla employee, Jessica Barraza, 38, filed her lawsuit in California Superior Court earlier in November, describing “nightmare-like conditions” at Tesla’s Fremont plant.

Another whistleblower previously alleged that the company was covering up drug trafficking at its Nevada gigafactory by employees associated with a Mexican cartel.

On Twitter, Musk also mocked the ‘silly’ Apple Cloth, released earlier this year and priced at a hefty £19.

“Don’t waste your money on that stupid apple cloth, buy our flute instead!” Musk tweeted.

The Cyberwhistle is out of stock, but interested buyers have the option to receive an email notification when the item is back in stock.

Due to the shortage, Cyberwhistles are already selling for over £300 on eBay.

“Inspired by Cybertruck, the limited-edition Cyberwhistle is a premium collectible made from medical-grade stainless steel with a polished finish,” the product description on the Tesla website is reading.

Cyberwhistle is made of 'medical stainless steel with a polished finish', says Tesla

Cyberwhistle is made of ‘medical stainless steel with a polished finish’, says Tesla

Elon Musk (pictured) appeared to poke fun at former Tesla employees who became whistleblowers

Elon Musk (pictured) appeared to poke fun at former Tesla employees who became whistleblowers

The whistle comes in its own box and includes “an integrated attachment feature for added versatility,” says Telsa, which might just be a piece of string to wear around the neck.

Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’, which looks like an armored vehicle with a futuristic angular body in gunmetal gray, was announced in 2019.

It was scheduled to go into production in 2021, but this was pushed back to 2022.

Musk blamed the battery delivery problems for the delay, saying each Cybertruck would “literally cost a million dollars apiece or more” if Tesla had started production of the futuristic vehicle in 2021.

The pickup, which Musk says will cost $39,900 (£31,000) and up, has an estimated battery range of up to 500 miles.

The Cyberwhistle is inspired by Tesla's Cybertruck, an angular pickup truck, pictured here during its November 2019 unveiling

The Cyberwhistle is inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck, an angular pickup truck, pictured here during its November 2019 unveiling

The 'Cybertruck', which looks like an armored vehicle with a futuristic angular body in gunmetal gray, will now enter production in 2022

The ‘Cybertruck’, which looks like an armored vehicle with a futuristic angular body in gunmetal gray, will now enter production in 2022

On Monday, Musk said he would provide an update on his highly anticipated Cybertruck during Tesla’s next earnings call in late January, while indicating supply chain issues still remain a challenge.

‘Oh man, this year has been such a supply chain nightmare and it’s not over yet!’ musk said: in a tweet.

Tesla claims that the car’s nearly impenetrable monochrome exoskeleton offers passengers maximum protection, along with ultra-tough glass that absorbs and diverts impact.

Despite this, Musk was embarrassed during the live demonstration of the car in 2019 when the Cybertruck’s glass was smashed.

MUSK HIGHLIGHT ‘SUPPLY CHAIN ​​NIGHTMARE’ THAT KEEPS BACK THE HAT EXPECTED CYBER TRUCK

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has pointed to the challenges posed by supply chain issues in Cybertruck manufacturing, even though the company has so far avoided a major blow from the crisis plaguing the global auto industry.

‘Oh man, this year has been such a supply chain nightmare and it’s not over yet!’ Musk said in a tweet on Nov. 29, in response to a Twitter user’s request for a Cybertruck update.

“I will provide an updated product roadmap on the next revenue call,” he added.

Musk said during Tesla’s earnings call in July that he would not necessarily attend such future events unless he had something very important to say, indicating he may have an update on Cybertruck and the company’s other products.

Tesla unveiled the futuristic electric pickup truck in 2019 that is made of stainless steel used in rockets. Musk has touted that he received several hundred thousand orders for the Cybertruck when the pre-orders opened.

At a shareholder meeting in October, Musk said Cybertruck will begin production next year and reach volume production by 2023.

Source: Reuters

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