Elon Musk drove the controversial Tesla Cybertruck near Los Angeles 2 years before its planned release

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk drove the electric-car maker’s Cybertruck near Los Angeles on Saturday, TMZ reported. Another video posted on YouTube shows the Cybertruck driving on the 405 Freeway that night, though Musk is not visible.

Photos and videos from TMZ show Musk in the vehicle at the restaurant Nobu. The musician Grimes, who according to media reports has been dating Musk, appears to be one of the vehicle’s passengers.

When leaving the restaurant, Musk appeared to disobey and knock down a sign instructing drivers to make only right turns while making a left turn. The sign appeared to have been posted by Nobu, rather than a government agency.

A representative for Musk did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the manoeuvre.

Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in November, saying production for models intended for customers would begin in late 2021. While the vehicle’s design has been divisive, it has received at least 250,000 refundable $US100 preorders, and its listed performance specs top those of the 2020 Ford F-150 in areas like maximum payload and towing capacity.

Read TMZ’s full story here.

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