Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that there have been about 150,000 orders thus far for the electric carmaker’s Cybertruck, which was unveiled late on Thursday.
“146k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor”, Musk said in a tweet, adding separately that the orders were achieved without any advertising or paid endorsements.
The launch of the Cybertruck pickup was not so smooth for Musk, when the vehicle's “armored glass” windows shattered during the unveiling. While Musk was trying to underline the design, power and durability of the truck, the windows of Tesla’s new vehicle shattered when he hit it during the demonstration.
With a starting price of $39,900, the Cybertruck’s angular body in gun-metal gray resembles an armored vehicle. An immediate payment of $100 is required to reserve an order for the Cybertruck.
Tesla plans to start manufacturing the truck around late 2021.
The U.S. pickup truck market is has been dominated by Ford Motor, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
Update: Musk on Sunday tweeted again on Sunday saying “200K” - an apparent reference to the number of orders.