Tesla’s chief executive hints at 250,000 Cybertruck orders

It looks like Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is going to let everyone know how successful the Cybertruck is, even with two years to go before the futuristic-looking vehicle officially hits the road.

In less than a week since unveiling the Cybertruck, Musk has used his Twitter bully pulpit to provide a running tally of Cybertruck orders. And based on his most-recent update, it would appear that Tesla has a hit on its hands that Musk won’t stop talking about.

“250k,” Musk tweeted, suggesting that 250,000 people have paid the $100 deposit necessary to reserve a Cybertruck ahead of its release, currently scheduled for late 2021. Musk’s 250,000 update came barely two days after he tweeted out “200k” to signal Tesla had received 200,000 Cybertruck orders.

The fact that Tesla has cut the price necessary to put a deposit on one of its vehicles has probably been a factor in the Cybertruck hitting Musk’s claim of 250,000 orders. For its Model 3 sedan, and Model Y crossover SUV, Tesla required potential buyers to put $1,000 down to reserve a vehicle.

Tesla is offering three versions of the Cybertruck that can travel 250 miles, 300 miles or 500 miles when fully charged, and at prices ranging from $39,900 to $69,900.

Meanwhile, Ford appeared to put the kibosh on a proposed tug-of-war between Tesla’s Cybertruck and a Ford F-150. When Musk unveiled the Cybertruck in Los Angeles, he showed a 16-second-long video of a Cybertruck pulling an F-150 uphill.

That video elicited a challenge from Ford executive Sundeep Madra to Musk for an have an “apples to apples” tug-of-war between a Ford F-150 pickup and a Cybertruck.

However, according to Fox News, a Ford spokesperson said that Madra’s tug-of-war offer “was tongue in cheek to point out the absurdity of Tesla’s video, nothing more” and no official truck tug-of-war had been scheduled.