Tesla Cybertruck preorders ‘well over half a million’

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 Tesla Cybertruck was revealed on November 24,  Elon Musk didn’t delve into the current state of the truck’s development or its production timeline deeply, but he did reveal some interesting bit of fact about the forthcoming model, including ballparking customer demand and discussing potential future model derivatives and technologies.

In particular, Elon Musk touched on how many preorders were made at Tesla. An audience member asked Musk about how many Cybertrucks will be produced annually, he replied,

“It’s hard to say what the volume exactly would be for the Tesla Cybertruck. The orders are gigantic, so, we have like, I don’t know, well over half a million orders. I think maybe six-hundred thou — it’s a lot, basically. We stopped counting.”

Though Elon Musk went on to say that he thinks there could be a market for 250,000 to 300,000 Cybertruck units per year. The Cybertruck is planned to be built at the company’s forthcoming Austin Gigafactory, a decision that was announced in June.

Above all, it is important to note that Elon Musk’s half-million-plus estimate is for preorders. Elon Musk again said that the Cybertruck is designed explicitly for US consumers, which jibes with what we’ve seen so far. The Cybertruck is simply too big a vehicle to appeal in most other countries. In fact, Elon said the Cybertruck as it stands couldn’t be designed to meet global requirements. “You basically can’t make the Cybertruck [for other markets]. It’s impossible,” he said. 

Musk went on to say, “I think we will probably make an international version of the Cybertruck that will be kinda smaller, kinda like a tight Wolverine package.” He did not offer any production timeline for this potential smaller model, or other details like a price or performance estimates though.

At the event , another audience member asked if Tesla might find a way to deliver HVAC to the rear area of the Cybertruck for camping purposes, Elon Musk said, “We’ll try to do that, yeah.” 

The Tesla Cybertruck is due to enter production in late 2021. Source: MSN

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