Political News: Cybertruck most popular where Model 3 isn’t – Tesla opening new EV markets – Electrek

Political News: Cybertruck most popular where Model 3 isn’t – Tesla opening new EV markets – Electrek

Political News:

Tesla’s Cybertruck has been having a bang-up week, with over a quarter million pre-orders since last week’s reveal.  Now we’ve got some data on where those reservations are coming from, and it looks promising for Tesla.

Rather than being popular in areas where Tesla is already popular, the Cybertruck is much more popular in areas where EV penetration is low.

EVs have had a perception of being “city cars,” for people who live in urban or suburban areas and don’t drive very far, don’t do much work, and so on.  And since most EVs on the road today are sedans, with a few crossovers just starting sales recently, these perceptions are, by and large, somewhat true.

But there’s no technological reason that should be the case, as electric drive works great for heavy duty applications.  In fact, most heavy duty equipment, ships, trains, etc. use electric motors these days, though generally with a diesel generator to provide energy.

And some people have shown us otherwise with interesting DIY products like turning a Model 3 into a “pickup”.  But for the most part, Tesla’s sales are in coastal areas, and in the cities and suburbs.

The Tesla Cybertruck is the first time we’ve gotten a chance to compare data between a sedan launch and a pickup launch from the same company.  And it turns out that, despite Tesla’s brand appeal on the coasts, the Cybertruck is breaking new ground and doing quite well in the “heartland” – where pickup trucks are traditionally more popular than sedans.

Brett Winton of ARK invest broke down the data after some “somewhat intricate google trends work”:

Cybertruck pre-order interest (relative to Model 3) strongly indicative of opening up new customer populations in the Rockies/Plains pic.twitter.com/K4LdKjiWkJ

— Brett Winton (@wintonARK) November 28, 2019

The map is colored based on relative interest between the two cars.  Green means those states showed more interest in Cybertruck, red means they showed more interest in Model 3.

California, the US’ largest auto market and largest EV market, still has the highest volume of Cybertruck pre-orders.  The state clocked in at an estimated 32.3k – but that’s only about half of the number of Model 3s which were reserved in California.

Meanwhile, interest in Arkansas, the Dakotas, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, West Virginia, Wyoming and Idaho are all way up.  That said, their pre-order totals are still dwarfed by California, with 7.7k cars reserved among all those states combined.

Interest is up in other countries as well:

Internationally the Cybertruck seems to have attracted unprecedented attention in Russia, Canada, the UK, South Africa and Mexico

(Upon consideration am not terribly surprised that a bulletproof pickup truck scans attractive in at least a few of those countries.) pic.twitter.com/vZi22mZB3d

— Brett Winton (@wintonARK) November 28, 2019

This graph shows total Model 3 pre-orders on the left and total Cybertruck pre-orders on the right.  Each bar shows the difference, in thousands, between Model 3 and Cybertruck pre-orders in each territory.  The bars on the left, in gray, show more Model 3 interest, while the green ones on the right show more Cybertruck interest.

Winton also estimated that the Cybertruck is about to reach its pre-order plateau.  Looking at the trend line of pre-orders, it’s going to end up somewhere around 270k, he thinks:

Total pre-orders likely to plateau at or about 270k.

(Though the utility of that particular datapoint is probably pretty low–other than that it is indicative that people will consider the beast–geographic and build-option mix are much more interesting.) pic.twitter.com/0yyIfqe1Ii

— Brett Winton (@wintonARK) November 28, 201

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