Tesla has received in the last hours 200,000 orders for the purchase of Cybertruck, the pickup truck that the founder of the high-end electric car manufacturer, Elon Musk, presented last Thursday in Los Angeles.
Musk said in his Twitter account that the number of orders is already at 200,000 despite the fact that the launch of the truck was not in line with what was expected when the windows of the vehicle presented by the founder of the company were damaged in a demonstration of resistance.
Before hundreds of people attending the presentation, and thousands who witnessed the launch online, Tesla design director Franz Von Holzhausen threw two steel balls against the windows of the Cybertruck to demonstrate its impact resistance.
But on both occasions, the balls broke the glass, although they should be bulletproof, before Musk’s stupor.
During the weekend, the businessman explained that the windows of the Cybertruck were broken because its structure weakened when shortly before Von Holzhausen hit the door of the vehicle with a hammer to demonstrate the resistance of his body made of stainless steel.
Despite the initial blush, Tesla’s first pickup truck could become another bestseller in view of the purchase orders received by the company.
On Saturday, Musk said the orders totaled 146,000, of which 42% were of the version with two electric motors, 41% with three and the remaining 17% with a single motor.
To book a Cybertruck, future buyers must make a refundable deposit of $ 100. In other Tesla models, this deposit was between $ 1,000 and $ 2,500.
The vehicle, whose aesthetic is inspired by the science fiction film «Blade Runner», one of the successes of director Ridley Scott, will appear on the market with a base price of $ 39,900 and will begin to be produced in 2021.
Technically, Cybertruck, which has dimensions similar to the Ford F-150, the king of the segment for more than 40 consecutive years, is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.9 seconds, a performance that puts The pair with sports cars.
The expected Tesla van is capable of loading almost 1,600 kilograms in its cargo part and dragging up to 6,350 kilograms.
The pickup truck segment is one of the most lucrative in North America but also one of the most competitive. At present, the market is dominated by the Ford F-150, the most sold vehicle in the United States for over 40 years.
The other two US manufacturers, General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCA), have been trying for years to snatch the reign to the F-150 without success so far.
Musk has made clear his will to make life impossible for Ford and his F-150 with the new Cybertruck.
On Sunday, Musk posted a video of a Cybertruck easily dragging an F-150 truck uphill despite attempts by the Ford vehicle driver to stop the advance.
And during the presentation of the Cybertruck, Musk threw another cock at Ford, noting that Tesla’s truck is «hard, not that it pretends to be hard.»
The motto of the Ford trucks is «Built with Ford hardness», but since two years ago it replaced the steel with aluminum in the F-150, one of the main complaints of its users is that the new material is not as resistant and Hard as steel.