Two days after its big (and slightly botched) unveiling, the Cybertruck is already racking up a lot of interest. Tesla had received 146,000 preorders for the electric pickup truck as of Saturday, later increasing to 200,000, Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday. And with customers dropping $100 refundable deposits for each preorder, that’s a cool $20 million for Tesla’s bank account in just 48 hours.
Customers preordering the Cybertruck will have to wait a while before the boxy pickup pulls into their driveways, though. Production on the single and dual-motor versions won’t begin until late 2021, while the tri-motor truck won’t roll off the assembly line until late 2022.
Tesla is offering three versions of the truck: single motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range for $39,900; dual motor all-wheel drive with 300 miles of range for $49,900; and tri motor all-wheel drive with 500 miles of range for $69,900 and $7,000 for full self-driving. Musk said that 42 percent of preorders are dual motor, 41 percent tri motor, and 17 percent single motor.
Tesla uses preorders for its forthcoming vehicles to generate excitement and provide a short-term revenue infusion, which helps provide a cushion for the cash-strapped automaker.The company has yet to reveal how many customers have put down deposits for the Model Y, its electric crossover that it revealed last March.
The Cybertruck is no Model 3 or Model Y, but the respectable number of preorders indicates that Tesla still has its fair share of early adopters.