A mayor in Mexico put down his own money to reserve 15 Cybertrucks, and he's hoping for a discount from Elon Musk


   Mexican mayor put down his own money to reserve 15 Cybertrucks

From: The Business Insider

  • The mayor of a town in central Mexico has put deposits down on 15 of Telsa’s new Cybertruck and said he’ll send a picture of the order to Elon Musk in hopes of a discount.
  • The trucks cost between $49,900 and $69,900 and the mayor said he didn’t consult his constituents about the purchase, but he defended it as a “common sense” decision that would save millions annually..

A mayor in San Luis Potosí has announced the purchase of 15 of the modernistic new Cybertrucks manufactured by Tesla Inc.

Adrián Esper Cárdenas of Ciudad Valles said he reserved the trucks by making a deposit of US $1,500 with his own money, equal to a month’s salary.

“I reserved 10 two-motor and five three-motor models,” he said at a press conference after placing the order. “We’ll take a photo and send it to [Tesla CEO] Elon Musk, see if he gives us a discount.”

Esper said he did not consult his constituents about the purchase but said his decision to buy the electric vehicles for police, trash collection and other uses was “common sense.”

“It’s not about speed, because we don’t want speed. 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,” he said.

Although the models Esper ordered come with price tags of $49,900 and $69,900, he claimed they would generate savings as high as 24 million pesos ($1.2 million) annually, since the trucks require little maintenance and no gasoline to operate.

“The important thing is that regardless of the fact that the cost can be a little high, the benefit is that if you don’t have to perform maintenance or put gas in them, you’ll be able to save 24 million pesos a year, and with that you’ve paid back half of the investment,” he said.

The Cybertruck, Tesla's first electric pickup truck, is seen in this undated handout picture released by the company. Tesla/Handout via REUTERS.

Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled the Cybertruck on November 21, and despite a gaffe in which the vehicle’s windows failed to be as unbreakable as he claimed, orders for the truck are reportedly in the hundreds of thousands.

A reserve price of just US $100 has driven preorder numbers as high as 250,000, according to a tweet by Musk on Tuesday.

The Cybertruck launch included a video of the truck winning a tug of war against a Ford F-150 and dragging the competition up a hill. A Ford executive responded by challenging the Cybertruck to an “apples to apples” rematch, and Musk said he would be happy to oblige.

Although Tesla’s market share is down around 7% since the unveiling of the Cybertruck, the gambling community likes Tesla’s chances in the rematch with Ford. Online bookmakers were offering five-to-two odds that the Cybertruck would win out again over the F-150.

Ford later responded that the tweet was a joke and said it plans to release a hybrid F-150 next year and an all-electric version in the next few years.

Sources: El Universal (sp), Mediotiempo (sp), Reuters (en)

Business Insider

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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