Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on Saturday there had been about 150,000 orders for the electric carmaker’s cybertruck, which was unveiled in Los Angeles on Thursday. “146k cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor,” Musk said in a tweet, adding that the orders were achieved without any advertising or paid endorsements.
Placing an order costs $100, which Tesla says is fully refundable. Musk said 17% of the orders were for the single-motor model, 42% were for the dual-motor version and 41% were for the tri-motor model.
The company has said the cybertruck will be in production in 2021, starting at $39,900, or £30,700.
In the recent launch of the cybertruck, which Musk has described as “a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner pickup”, suffered a very public setback when its “armored glass” windows shattered in a much-anticipated unveiling.
Elon Musk has revealed why the windows of Tesla’s Cybertruck broke during an embarrassing launch incident.
He blamed the mishap on the order in which a demonstration had taken place. The vehicle was first struck with a sledgehammer in what appeared to be a successful demonstration of its armor body’s strength. But this had caused an unseen crack, Mr. Musk revealed, which had subsequently led to the windows smashing when they had been hit with a steel ball.
The futuristic vehicle was unveiled on Thursday in Hawthorne, California, where its stainless steel, the angular design drew a mixed response from the audience.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Mr. Musk said the incident could have been easily avoided.
“Sledgehammer impact on door cracked the base of the glass, which is why the steel ball didn’t bounce off,” he wrote. “Should have done steel ball on the window, then sledgehammer the door. Next time.”
After the disastrous launch, Musk tweeted a video of a successful test of the windows.
The overall look of the futuristic electric vehicle worried Wall Street. On Friday, Tesla’s share price plummeted 6%, bringing Musk’s still immense personal net worth down by $768m in a single day, according to Forbes.