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Elon Musk Gets 200,000 Orders For New Cybertruck

Elon Musk Gets 200,000 Orders For New Cybertruck

Despite Elon Musk's futuristic new Cybertruck being slammed, laughed at and criticised by people all over the planet, it seems like there's a pretty strong early appetite for the vehicle.

When the vehicle was debuted at the weekend, people compared it to when Homer Simpson unveiled his own disastrous car design at his long lost brother's expense, while others suggested it belonged in a Tomb Raider video game from the mid-90s.

But, according to Musk, there have been 200,000 orders for the vehicle, which, after two days, is pretty impressive.

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The tech billionaire tweeted: "147k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42& choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor. With no advertising & no paid endorsement."

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He later updated that figure in a separate tweet saying he'd received 200,000 orders. If you want to place an order for your very own Cybertruck it's only $100 to put your name on the list, which Musk says is fully refundable.

That news will be music to Musk's ears considering the unveiling of the vehicle has certainly damaged his net worth.

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The big launch didn't exactly go according to plan, particularly when he asked Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen to try and break one of the windows.

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Elon Musk Explains What Happened With His Cybertruck Live Demo Fail

The cock up took place in California for the grand debut of the Cybertruck where Musk told the audience: "You want a truck that's really tough, not fake tough. You want a truck you can take a sledgehammer to, a truck that won't scratch, doesn't dent."

Franz ended up breaking two windows with a steel ball; but Musk told the audience that the test wasn't a complete failure.

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"It didn't go through," he said.

"A little room for improvement. Alright, let's see... so yeah... we threw wrenches, we threw everything - we even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn't break. For some weird reason it broke now, I don't know why. We'll fix it in post."

Statistics show Tesla shares have fallen by more than six percent following the Cybertruck's 'shatterproof' glass coming pretty close to shattering.

Forbes reported how the mess-up wiped three quarters of a million dollars (in just one day) from the Tesla founder and CEO after the company's share price dropped by six percent.

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The loss might not do too much damage though, seemingly only making a dent to the 48-year-old's $23.6 billion fortune.

The vehicle is slated for production for 2021, and will enter the market at US $39,900 (£30,700 / AUD $58,700).

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.