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

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Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck

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

Company CEO Elon Musk said 17% of orders are for the single engine model, 42% for the twin engine version and 41% for the triple engine model.

The very sensational revelation came out of thin air as the Cybertruck's windows shattered twice, despite Mr. Musk bragging about the power of the glass in the futuristic stainless steel vehicle.

He told the California audience: "You want a really hard truck, not too hard.

Tesla CEO watches in horror as his armor-glass windows are shattered on first try

"You want a truck that you can take a sledgehammer to, a truck that won't scratch and crumple."

To prove it, he then instructed a Tesla designer to knock on the door with a sledgehammer, resulting in no damage.

But when they threw a metal ball at the driver's side window and it broke, Musk said, "Oh my God!"

"Maybe it was a little difficult," he added.

Cybertruck can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, says Tesla
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Cybertruck can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, says Tesla

The passenger window also broke when the test was repeated.

Some analysts have noted the angular and uneven appearance of the truck.

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

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

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

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