Elon Musk hasn’t updated Cybertruck pre-orders since late November last year, when they hit 250,000. But thanks to the Cybertruck Owners Club, we have good evidence that as of February 18, Tesla has booked orders for around 535,000 of the futuristic electric truck.
That’s an average of almost 6,000 pre-orders each day.
Also interesting: the CyberTruck link has disappeared from Tesla’s U.S. website, though it’s still visible on the company’s other sites, such as Canada and France.
How does the futuristically-named Cybertruck Owners Club know how many pre-orders Tesla is making? Via some minor hacking of Teslas’ reservation numbering system, thanks to members sharing their Cybertruck reservation number.
Your order number is just a sequential number, starting at about 112744100 (the number that reservations began). So subtract that from your number for your (approximate) place in line.
While the Cybertruck is clearly not everyone’s cup of tea, the reservation rate is outpacing Tesla’s Model 3, which received 518,000 reservations in about five months in 2017. Clearly, a lot of people love it, especially on the west coast of the United States.
With the Cybertruck link coming off of Tesla’s U.S. website, it’s possible the company is essentially telling customers that they are full up on reservations, and should select another vehicle.
This suggests some serious demand not just for electric vehicles, but for different types of vehicles: non-standard cars. And it suggests that automobile manufacturers would do well to consider pre-announcing models as a means of stimulating pre-sales more often in the future.
Interestingly, Volkswagen’s ID.3 electric car sold out in two days when launched in the UK. (Of course, that was only 1,500 units.)
On the Cybertruck pre-orders, only 17% of people want the single motor Cybertruck, according to Electrek. That’s the cheaper $40,000 model. Most people want either the dual-motor or tri-motor versions, which run from $50,000 and up.
It’s worth noting, however, that people who put down $100 ($150 in Canada) on a full-refundable reservation might not actually complete a $50-80,000 purchase when the vehicle actually starts shipping.
Still, the pre-orders are impressive.
The Tesla Cybertruck is not the only electric truck supposed to come to the market, check out the Rivian R1T Electric Pick Up, Atlis Electric Truck, Ford Electric F-150, and the Lordstown Endurance Electric Truck.
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