Tesla said it has opened up reservations for its all-electric Cybertruck to buyers in China, a step that is aimed at testing the market’s appetite for a massive, futuristic truck supply.
The electric Cybertruck, which was unveiled in November last year at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, Calif., isn’t expected to go into production until late 2022. But that hasn’t prevented lots of U.S. customers to pay a $100 refundable deposit for the truck.
Just weeks after the official unveiling, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that there were 250,000 reservations for the vehicle. What this means is that Tesla is testing potential interest among Chinese market.
However, it’s difficult to forecast how many of these reservations in China and in the U.S. will finally become actual buyers. It’s certain that it will be more than a year before there are any answers to that concern as Tesla still battles with the decision of deciding where to build the vehicle.
Elon Musk hinted in a tweet early this year that Tesla was looking for locations for a factory that would be used to produce Model Y crossovers for the East Coast market as well as the Cybertruck. Then, the Tesla boss said that the factory would be located in the central part of the United States.
Initially, Tesla was considering Nashville and had been in talks with officials there. But the auto making company has since turned its attention to Austin and Tulsa. A source revealed that Talks in Austin have progressed rapidly and it appears likely that the factory will end up in a location just outside of the city.
Tesla has assured that it will offer three variants of the electric Cybertruck. The cheapest version, a single motor and rear-wheel drive model, will cost $39,900, have a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and more than 250 miles of range.
The middle version will be a dual-motor all-wheel drive, have a towing capacity of more than 10,000 pounds and be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. The dual motor AWD model is priced at $49,900.
The third version will have three electric motors and all-wheel drive, a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds and battery range of more than 500 miles. This version, known as “tri motor,” is priced at $69,900.