Tesla hounding Cybertruck reservation holders to lease other models, report says

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Tesla is reportedly soliciting Cybertruck reservation holders to lease other models while they wait for their futuristic pickups.

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Electrek has published the contents of an email that's been sent to some of the 600,000 people who have put down a $100 deposit on a Cybertruck suggesting that they take a 24-36 month lease on another vehicle to fill the space in their driveway before delivery of their monster trucks.

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Production of all-wheel-drive Cybertrucks is scheduled to begin by the end of 2021, but shipments of the entry-level $39,990 rear-wheel-drive model aren't expected to begin before early 2023.

The nudge even includes a $1,500 "California Clean Fuel Reward" for people registering their vehicles in the Golden State, which is a rare example of the company offering a discount under list price.

"If you are interested in securing pricing on our current S3XY models, please respond ‘Yes’ and I will be happy to give you a call," the note reads.

Tesla often makes a push for sales at the end of a quarter, and this year is aiming to reach 500,000 sales globally.

Tesla apparently no longer has a functioning press office to respond to requests for comment or confirmation.

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