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YouTube’s queen of failed robots just unveiled a one-of-a-kind Tesla truck

The video is a year in the making.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Jun 18, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:22 am CDT

Tesla might be unveiling an electric pickup truck later this year. But YouTube star Simone Giertz, who has proclaimed herself the “queen of shitty robots,” has developed her own prototype—and it looks pretty awesome.

Giertz, a YouTuber with 1.5 million subscribers, released a video Tuesday that shows how she bought a new Tesla Model 3 and then modified it into a pickup truck (or maybe more like a cross between a truck and a Chevrolet El Camino).

On Twitter, Giertz said she got tired of waiting for Tesla to release its model. Elon Musk said earlier this month that he could release the truck this summer and proclaimed that it “will be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality, and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911.” So, Giertz made one herself.

The name is pretty special, as well. Instead of a Tesla pickup truck, she’s boiled her car’s name down to just one word: Truckla.

Here’s the commercial she made for her creation (she’s not selling them, by the way; her new electric vehicle is one-of-a-kind).

Giertz told the Daily Dot in 2016 that despite all of her robotic mess-ups, she uses the humor of her failures to keep her audience engaged. “I use humor as a way to digest anything,” she said. “It’s like putting syrup in medicine.” Luckily, she kept some of that humor and self-deprecation in her Truckla commercial. For example, she uses the plug-in charger like a lasso only for it to end up on the ground, well short of the vehicle.

Giertz also uploaded a 31-minute video showing how she turned her new Model 3 into the Truckla. It involves plenty of grinding and welding and spark-making, plus tons of innovation and automotive know-how.

She said she actually had the idea to create the pickup about a year ago, but she had to deal with a second brain tumor, so the project was temporarily put on hold.

As she began her vlog on Tuesday, Giertz told the camera, “I don’t know if this is going to be the smartest or the most stupid thing I’m ever going to do.”

Either way, it’s certainly one of the coolest.


H/T Tech Crunch

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*First Published: Jun 18, 2019, 3:58 pm CDT