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Tesla Cybertruck reservations surpass total number of vehicles company made in 2018, 2019

Tesla introduced its Cybertruck with much fanfare last year.

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According to data received by Finbold.com, reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck amount to more than the total number of vehicles the company made in 2018 and 2019, combined. The estimates show that there are around 650,000 pre-orders. In 2018 and 2019 Tesla produced 612,120 vehicles.

Tesla's deliveries have been growing over the last few years. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the company registered 90,700 deliveries bringing 2018's total to 244,920. In all of 2019, there were 367,200 deliveries. The first and second quarter of 2020 have proved challenging for the company, as it has for automakers the world over.

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As reservations for the Cybertruck tick upwards, Tesla is investing in production outside of the U.S. The company is currently building out its factories in Shanghai, China and Berlin, Germany.

The European and Asian markets are hotbeds of activity for electric vehicles. New regulations and incentives are making driving an electric vehicle a newly-considered lifestyle choice for car buyers.

When it debut in the festivities leading up to the L.A. Auto Show last year, the Tesla Cybertruck immediately captured the attention of people everything, even those not typically truck buyers or auto enthusiasts.

In the U.S., the Cybertruck will come in Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive. The single motor-rear wheel drive base model has a $39,900 price tag. The mid-range dual motor model is $49,900 and the tri motor begins at $69,900.

Tesla Cybertruck Reservations for the Cybertruck are currently being accepted. Photo courtesy of Tesla

The base model will have a 250-mile range while the Dual Motor AWD truck will go 350 miles. The top-tier Cybertruck will have a 500-mile range.

Tesla will hold your place in line for a Cybertruck $100 fee that is fully refundable. You can pay via ApplePay or a credit card.

The company's website claims that production will start in late 2021. Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive models will begin production in 2022. Production delays are a legendary part of the company's history so don't be surprised if these dates get pushed back further.

Even with expanded availability on production lines worldwide, the company may take years to fulfill orders once they begin coming in.

Still, a reservation does not guarantee and order or a delivery. For now, we wait.

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Some owners have discovered that their car's video games work when the car is moving.

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Tesla's vehicles are among the most advanced and forward-thinking products of any kind, but serious innovation doesn't come with tradeoffs. The automaker has been in the news recently because of issues with how its advanced cruise control systems function, and now, Autoblog reports that the NHTSA is asking questions about Tesla giving drivers the ability to play video games and browse the internet while driving.

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The feature is intended to be used while the car is parked, such as while charging, so the discovery that people can use them while driving is a serious one. Vince Patton, the person who filed the complaint with the NHTSA, tested his car and found that he could play Solitaire and a fairly involved action game while it was in motion. Internet browsing was also possible, meaning the driver could take their attention completely off the road ahead for extended periods of time.

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Tesla was already under investigation over crashes involving its Autopilot feature. Several collisions have occurred between Teslas and emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Following the initiation of that investigation, the NHTSA raised other questions with the automaker over a buggy software update that was pushed out, retracted, fixed, and reissued outside of the normal recall process. Despite their names, it's important to clarify that neither the Autopilot nor Full Self-Driving features are capable of driving the cars without driver awareness and input.

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