Tesla gets pickup orders despite the launch blunder

Elon Musk has said Tesla has taken almost 150,000 orders for its new pickup truck, in spite of an embarrassing hitch at its launch.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was stuck in an awkward situation during the unveiling of Tesla’s electric truck when supposedly unbreakable window glass shattered twice when hit with a large metal ball .

Mr Musk was caught out on stage when the windows of the Cybertruck broken during a demonstration supposed to demonstrate their durability.

Tesla shares crashed by 6.1% after the event on Thursday and several bad reviews.

With its distinctive angular design, the electric truck was received with cheers but also confusion.

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But Mr Musk tweeted on Saturday: “146k Cybertruck contracts so far, with 42% picking dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor”.

The demand had come regardless of “no advertising & no paid endorsement” for the truck, he said.

No date has been issued for the Cybertruck’s release, but experts said it would not be ready before the end of 2021 at the quickest.

The industrial-looking vehicle is shielded in stainless steel alloy and will be able to go from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in around three seconds, Mr Musk said in his appearance in Hawthorne, California.

Though, some analysts are anxious about the advanced design, with Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds’ vehicle marketplace saying: “It looks like a truck form of the DeLorean from Back To The Future.”

Some analysts are concerned about the futuristic design

The launch event’s “flop” happened during a part displaying how the truck’s stainless steel external, and metal windows, could endure sledgehammers and bullets.

Tesla’s chief of design, Franz von Holzhausen, continued to throw a metal ball at the front left window, causing it to break.

He replicated the move on the rear left window and a similar thing happened. Mr Musk was heard to curse before joking: “Room for improvement.”

According to Forbes, Tesla’s share price dipped by 6%, cutting Mr Musk’s net worth by $768m (£598m) in a single day on Friday.

The pickup market signifies a noteworthy opportunity for Tesla as it advances its battery technology, meaning transporting heavier loads over long distances is now practical.

Going by the vehicle marketplace Edmunds, large trucks have accounted for 14.4% of new vehicle sales in the US up until October, matched against 12.6% in 2015.

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