For context, the Model 3 had 232,000 deposits within the first day after its debut. The gap is narrow, all things considered — the Model 3 was supposed to be the relatively affordable, ubiquitous EV where the Cybertruck is both higher-priced and targeted at a more specific audience. This is helped by a much lower $100 deposit versus the $1,000 needed for the Model 3, mind you.
It’s also important to stress that these are deposits, not absolute commitments to buy the Cybertruck. Tesla wound up refunding a significant portion of Model 3 deposits from customers that either didn’t want to wait or lost interest. A lot can happen between now and the Cybertruck’s late 2021 production window, and we wouldn’t be surprised if some of those 146,000 back away.
146k Cybertruck orders so far, with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2019
Update 11/24 3:07PM ET: Musk reported that there are now 187,000 deposits.