Cybertruck gets 200,000 orders despite embarrassing launch

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Cybertruck in California last week. However, even with the vehicle’s windows smashing during a demonstration of how hard it was meant to be to break them the Tesla has received almost 200,000 orders for the futuristic-looking electric pickup truck.

The Cybertruck is covered in stainless steel alloy which is also used for SpaceX’s rockets and will be able to go from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in about three seconds. It comes with six seats has a 250-mile range and 3,400kg towing capacity. This all means it can out-accelerate a Porsche 911 and out-tow a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

It comes with the official tagline: “Better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car.”

The pickup market represents a significant opportunity for Tesla. Improved battery technology means heavier loads can be carried over long distances. According to vehicle marketplace Edmunds, large trucks have accounted for 14.4% of new vehicle sales in the US up until October.

The Cybertruck comes in three versions: a single motor RWD, a dual motor AWD and a tri motor AWD with a starting price of $39,900 and the most expensive version – the tri motor AWD with self-driving capabilities – costs $76,900. Production should start in late 2021, while you can place an order for just $100, which Tesla says is fully refundable.

As a final point, Musk noted that the Cybertruck design was inspired by the Lotus Esprit which appeared in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.

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