And he’s expecting a discount from Elon Musk.
The weird wedge-shaped design of the Tesla Cybertruck is being relentlessly ridiculed, but the publicity the electric pickup has generated clearly hasn't harmed sales. Production of the Cybertruck won't start until late 2021, but keen customers can place an order with a $100 deposit. According to Elon Musk, Tesla has already received over 250,000 orders since the Cybertruck debuted a couple of weeks ago. 15 of those were placed by Adrian Esper Cardenas, the mayor of Ciudad Valles in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
In total, the Mexico mayor placed a deposit of $1,500 with his own money, which Business Insider reports is the equivalent to a month's salary.
"I reserved 10 two-motor and five three-motor models," the mayor said at a press conference. "We'll take a photo and send it to [Tesla CEO] Elon Musk, see if he gives us a discount." Esper admitted he did not consult anyone about the purchase but said his decision was "common sense." The electric pickup trucks will be used for police and trash collection services, as well as other uses. Dubai's police force also already has a Tesla Cybertruck on order.
"It's not about speed, because we don't want speed," he added. "What we're looking for is torque in order to haul water pipes, the garbage trailers. They'll have twice the loads of a normal truck."
Since the trucks require little maintenance and no gasoline, Esper claims the investment will generate savings as high as 24 million pesos ($1.2 million), despite the Dual Motor AWD model costing $49,900 and the Tri Motor AWD performance version costing $69,900. The former has a range of more than 300 miles and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds, while the latter increases the range to 500 miles on a single charge and do 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds.