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Musk boasts of nearly 150,000 Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe

Tesla has received nearly 150,000 orders for its new electric pickup truck – despite its botched launch earlier this week.

The firm’s CEO Elon Musk said 17% of the orders are for the single-motor model, 42% are for the dual-motor version and 41% are for the tri-motor model.

The much-hyped unveiling went off script when the Cybertruck’s windows splintered twice despite Mr Musk bragging about the strength of the glass on the futuristic, stainless steel-skinned vehicle.

He told the audience in California: “You want a truck that’s really tough, not fake tough.

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Tesla’s CEO watches in horror as his ‘armour glass’ windows are smashed on the first try

“You want a truck you can take a sledgehammer to, a truck that won’t scratch, doesn’t dent.”

To prove it he then directed a Tesla designer to strike the door with a sledgehammer, resulting in no damage.

But when they threw a metal ball at the driver’s side window and it splintered, Mr Musk said: “Oh my f****** God.”

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“Maybe that was a little too hard,” he added.

The Cybertruck can go from 0-60mph in under three seconds, Tesla says
Image: The Cybertruck can go from 0-60mph in under three seconds, Tesla says

The passenger window also cracked when the test was repeated.

Some analysts panned the truck’s blocky, angular looks.

Placing an order costs buyers $ 100 (£77), which Tesla says is fully refundable.

Tesla has said the Cybertruck, which starts at $ 39,900 (£31,000), will be in production in 2021.

Musk saw more than three-quarters of a billion dollars wiped off his fortune after the embarrassing incident.

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