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    Elon Musk Claims He's Received 146k Orders for Tesla’s New Cybertruck

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    On Thursday, the company introduced on its long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck at a special event in Los Angeles. Although production of the strikingly angular electric vehicle is not scheduled to start until 2021 or late 2022, the manufacturer has announced that preorders are now being taken.

    Founder and CEO of the automotive company Tesla, Elon Musk, said on Saturday that preorders for the Tesla Cybertruck have reached 146,000 without advertising or paid endorsements.

    According to a tweet by Elon Musk, 42 percent of the orders are for the dual-motor version of the electric vehicle, whereas 41 percent of the orders are for the tri-motor truck. A reported 17 percent preordered the single-motor model, the least expensive of the three models.

    The Musk tweet comes after reports of a significant drop in the price of Tesla stocks the day after the surprising debut of the company’s first electric pickup truck.

    During the demonstration, Musk noted that the windows of the vehicle are made of armoured glass and invited Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, to test their durability in front of the audience by throwing a metal ball at it. The window cracked when Holzhausen hit it, leaving the audience bemused.

    Twitterians' reaction to Musk’s preorder claim was not long in coming, as many expressed interest in the tech behind the cutting-edge Tesla Cybertruck, particularly after Thursday's official demonstration.

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