How accurate are Elon Musk's order numbers, really?
Placing an order for the new Tesla Cybertruck is not only pretty cheap, just $100 buys you a spot in line, but it's also easy to cancel. That deposit is refundable, therefore it's impossible to say how many of those pre-orders will convert to sales. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was quickly on Twitter telling the world 146,000 orders were placed within the first few days since the controversially styled all-electric pickup was unveiled. As of November 25, that figure increased to 200,000, again according to Musk. In all likelihood, it's even higher now. But how accurate are these figures? Could there be some potential fraud happening?
Car and Driver first reported on this interesting and potentially explosive story following the troubling revelations of some Cybertruck customers on Twitter. They're claiming they've been charged for multiple orders despite only ordering a single model.
If that's the case, then Musk's numbers are simply not accurate and the actual number of pre-ordered Cybertrucks could be a lot less than 200,000 units. While nothing has been proven yet, these are truly troubling customer complaints. Tesla simply must investigate what's going on here.
To put the 200,000 and counting Cybertruck pre-order count into some perspective, as of last week, only 14,000 people placed a $500 refundable reservation for the new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Even though the deposit is five times the amount Tesla requests, it's still fairly cheap compared to the Model 3's $1,000 deposit. For the Model Y, which has yet to arrive, a $2,500 deposit was required.
Hopefully, Musk will either clarify the pre-order figure or, better still, fix the apparent problem. No one likes being charged for something they didn't buy. Those anxious Cybertruck customers, regardless of how many they may have ordered, will have to wait quite a bit of time to take delivery. Production is not due to get underway until late 2021. The tri-motor version will follow a year later.