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Elon Musk: Tesla already has 187,000 orders for the Cybertruck

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk gestures while introducing the newly unveiled all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck
Elon Musk introduces the Tesla Cybertruck on Thursday. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that the company had received 187,000 orders for its Cybertruck, two days after launching the electric pickup truck.

Yes, but: The orders require only a $100 refundable deposit, so these numbers are an interesting but imperfect gauge of how many Cybertrucks Tesla will ultimately sell.

The big picture: Tesla expects production to begin in late 2021, with output on the high-end version to start a year later. Per Axios' Ben Geman, there are three models:

  • A base single-motor rear-wheel-drive model starting at $39,900 with a 250-mile range; a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version with a 300-mile range that starts at $49,000; and a top-end "tri-motor" all-wheel-drive version that starts at $69,900 that can travel 500 miles on a full charge.
  • The high-end model goes from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds and has a towing capacity north of 14,000 pounds, Tesla said. The base model tows at least 7,500 pounds and goes from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new information on the deposit amount for the Cybertruck.