Tesla has finally started delivering the first 10 out of 1000 Foundation Series Cybertrucks to customers. The all-electric truck, although a bit of a letdown when it comes to price and range, the Cybertruck nonetheless has been a smashing success for Tesla.
By now, everyone is aware of the Cybertruck’s bulletproof 30X cold-rolled stainless steel exoskeleton. When we first saw the Cybertruck, we all thought that would be the most radical feature of the vehicle.
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However, thanks to Hagerty’s Cybertruck review, we know that the Cybertruck is full of technological breakthroughs on the inside. These include a steer-by-wire variable gain steering system, 4-wheel steering, 48-volt low voltage architecture, 800-volt high voltage architecture, industry-leading 12 inches of air suspension travel, shatter-resistant glass, and so on.
According to Tesla’s head of vehicle engineering, the Cybertruck also features 350KW V4 supercharging. V4 superchargers can charge the Cybertruck from 15% to 85% in 18 minutes.
The Cybertruck is so advanced on the inside that Tesla has sent out a how-to guide to every other auto CEO titled “How to design a 48-volt vehicle.” Ford CEO Jim Farley a few hours ago revealed that he has indeed received this guide from Tesla prompting Elon Musk to respond.
Given all the new technologies coming with the Cybertruck, everyone is excited to get the vehicle in their region. However, unfortunately, Tesla appears to only be intending to sell the Cybertruck in North America and Australia.
The full list of regions in which Tesla will eventually sell the Cybertruck is not currently known however, something we know is that despite Europe being a significant market for Tesla, the EV maker has not started taking reservations for the vehicle in the continent.
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This has led a lot of people, including automotive experts, to posit the Cybertruck will not be allowed to be sold in Europe since the vehicle’s ultra-hard stainless steel exterior will not pass Europe’s stringent pedestrian safety regulations.
These regulations are the reason Tesla vehicles in Europe have a hood that automatically raises up a few centimeters in the event of a crash. The thought behind this regulation is that by raising the hood, it will protect pedestrians’ heads from bumping against any hard metals, for example, an engine block.
Since the Cybertruck has a bulletproof stainless steel exterior, in addition to the vehicle’s sharp edges, it was widely thought the vehicle would not pass pedestrian safety tests in Europe.
This same sentiment was shared during Hagerty’s spectacular Cybertruck review video. Tesla personality Whole Mars Catalog commented on Hagerty’s video saying “The narrative that the Cybertruck is dangerous for pedestrians is complete BS.
Take a look at this F-150 & Cybertruck side by side. That wall of a truck will take a pedestrian out quickly. Cybertruck’s sloped front & AI active safety are way safer than traditional trucks.”
Musk responded to Whole Mars Catalog’s post saying “Yes, we are highly confident that Cybertruck will be much safer per mile than other trucks, both for occupants and pedestrians.”
On its own, this is great to hear because it means the Cybertruck will increase the safety of our roads rather than be a menace to the public. However, Musk’s claim the Cybertruck will be much safer per mile than other trucks also opens the door for the truck to eventually find its way to Europe.
Although this is exciting, there is currently no indication as to when Tesla is planning to bring the Cybertruck to Europe. However, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if the EV maker’s plans change. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Surprised to hear Elon Musk say the Cybertruck will be the safest truck both for pedestrians and occupants? If you were so unlucky to get hit either by a Cybertruck or a Ford F-150 which one would you choose? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.