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Pre-orders for Tesla's Cybertruck hit 200k in three days

Pre-orders for Tesla's Cybertr...
Adaptive suspension and ride height give it massive on-road range up to 500 miles per charge
Adaptive suspension and ride height give it massive on-road range up to 500 miles per charge
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There were quite a few talking points to emerge from the Cybertruck launch
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There were quite a few talking points to emerge from the Cybertruck launch
An ultra-hard steel exoskeleton makes the Cybertruck super tough
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An ultra-hard steel exoskeleton makes the Cybertruck super tough
The Cybertruck out-accelerates most sports cars, doing 0-60 in 2.9 seconds
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The Cybertruck out-accelerates most sports cars, doing 0-60 in 2.9 seconds
A sparse interior
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A sparse interior
Adaptive suspension and ride height give it massive on-road range up to 500 miles per charge
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Adaptive suspension and ride height give it massive on-road range up to 500 miles per charge
Like no pickup truck you've ever seen
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Like no pickup truck you've ever seen
Tesla's bizarre Cybertruck, with two unfortunately non-smash resistant windows
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Tesla's bizarre Cybertruck, with two unfortunately non-smash resistant windows

While the big reveal of Tesla’s Cybertruck didn’t entirely go to plan, the pre-orders are starting to pour in for the company’s polarizing pickup. Thousands upon thousands have laid down a deposit in the three days since its introduction, according to CEO Elon Musk, who has also hinted at some forthcoming features for what he’s dubbed the “official truck of Mars.”

There were quite a few talking points to emerge from the Cybertruck launch, with the on-stage shattering of its armored glass proving a particularly popular one. There was also an over-the-top light and laser show, a sharp triangular design that nobody saw coming and the battering of an innocent door panel with an actual sledgehammer.

Tesla's bizarre Cybertruck, with two unfortunately non-smash resistant windows
Tesla's bizarre Cybertruck, with two unfortunately non-smash resistant windows

Another was the surprisingly low cost. Pricing for the Tesla Cybertruck begins at US$39,900, while higher-specced versions with longer range will carry price tags of $49,900 and $69,900. This has been warmly received by future customers, with 146,000 laying down a refundable $100 deposit to get their names on the pre-order list within 72 hours of the Cybertruck's introduction.

At the time of writing, At least 200,000 had laid down the cash. Just for the sake of context, this is already more than the amount of Model 3s Tesla was able to build and ship in all of 2018.

Noting that the average daily mileage for a car in the US is 30 miles (48 km), Musk also stated on Twitter that Cybertruck owners will be able to add a solar charging option, which will enable the car to generate 15 miles (24 km) of extra range a day. This may be upped further through the addition of solar wings that could provide enough extra juice to travel 30 to 40 miles (48 to 64 km) per day.

Musk also shared a video of the Cybertruck heading uphill with a F-150, Ford’s highly popular pick-up truck, and offered an explanation for the armored glass gaffe.

Source: Twitter

Update 9pm November 24, 2019: The original article stated pre-orders had reached 187,000. A tweet from Musk three hours later revealed they had reached 200,000. The article and headline have been updated to reflect this figure.

12 comments
TomKvalvagnes
Got a shock to see it at first - but then.... must be the perfect "prepper" car - bullet-proof and autonomous - sort of.... Its a SUV - Pickup crossover.... that can be handy here up north...
Daishi
The design is polarizing and that's OK. Not everyone will buy one but not everyone needs to. There is some amount of appeal just because there is nothing else like it on the road or even close. I'm glad it's not an F-150 clone and I like their approach.
FB36
All the initial bad reviews about Tesla Cybertruck seemed unreasonably excessive to me (almost as a coordinated/paid bad press campaign)! IMHO, it seems really no different than all other Tesla vehicles so far: Total Innovation! (Just 1 example: THINK about how much less paint would be used @ whole world, if all vehicles had stainless steel body & how much durability & cheap repairs that would bring!)
Leopoldbratislav
The window breaking is a non-issue. That is just what happens with any side window EXCEPT I believe according to DOT only front window needs to be laminated. All other windows can be tempered so it shatters into small non-sharp bits.
bwana4swahili
After the initial shock, I like it!!
buzzclick
Oh yeah? The sledgehammer cracked the laminated door glass? Then why did the other window break as well? Did you see the size of the ball bearing that guy threw at it? Could be a brilliant Elon Musk publicity stunt. A Cybertruck that is 'almost' invincible. Nothing is perfect ya know...
Insanity
I'm having a really weird dream where an alien's car, designed by a six-year old on a ZX Spectrum in 1983 was revealed to whoops of applause and 200,000 pre-orders in 2019. I hope I wake up soon.
guzmanchinky
This is a very cool vehicle. I'm glad it looks different. Now if I only had a place to charge it at home (I live in an apartment). The only thing keeping me from buying electric is the quick charging battery, but it will be coming very soon...
laleske
Never ever thought of buying a "pickup" truck, til now. If only I had the money. Even better if I could drive it on mars, or maybe the moon (our moon).
vince
Tesla is proceeding as planned. Detroit is starting to shake. It should it's going down.