Tesla receives 150,000 orders for its new pickup truck despite durability failure

Tesla has received almost 150,000 orders for its new pickup truck.

These bookings come even after the vehicle suffered an embarrassing hiccup at its launch. Musk was caught out on stage when the windows of the Cybertruck shattered during a demonstration supposed to show their durability.

Tesla shares dived 6.1% after the event on Thursday and several bad reviews.

With its distinct angular design, the electric truck was greeted with cheers but also bemusement.

Musk tweeted on Saturday, “146k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor”.

The demand had come despite “no advertising & no paid endorsement” for the truck, he said.

No date has been given for the Cybertruck’s release, but analysts said it would not be ready before the end of 2021 at the earliest.

The vehicle is covered in stainless steel alloy and will be able to go from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in about three seconds.

The pickup market represents a significant opportunity for Tesla as it improves its battery technology, meaning carrying heavier loads over long distances is now practical.