When Elon Musk unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019, people worldwide were excited about the futuristic-looking electric truck, so much so that Tesla was inundated with preorders.
However, Tesla fans and customers in the EU may not get the Cybertruck after all, or at least a very different Cybertruck.
Elon Musk officially launched the Cybertruck last week with great enthusiasm among Tesla fans, even though the car underdelivers what Musk had previously promised and is considerably more expensive than what it set out to be. Nevertheless, the buzz online has been significantly high.
Automotive experts think that Elon Musk may have made a mistake, which may cause the Cybertruck to be considered illegal in the EU.
At several instances, Musk has sung praises of just how strong the Cybertruck is, saying, “If you’re in an argument with another car, you’ll win.” This is just another way of saying, in a more hyperbolic way, that the car has excellent durability and is pretty much indestructible.
The EU is very stringent about its laws, especially those that govern automotive. One of the most important rules that all carmakers who want to do business in the EU must follow is that the front of the car cannot be stiff, meaning it has to have a proper crumple zone to reduce the impact of the crash.
Although they may render the car a total loss or downright irreparable after an accident, crumple zones are vital to keep pedestrians safe in case of an accident.
While European standards may refine the pointy corners and sharp edges of the Tesla Cybertruck, the way it is constructed and the fact that it lacks a proper crumple zone and has no way to reduce the impact of an accident makes it illegal for the road.
The Cybertruck is made out of high-grade stainless steel that is almost impossible to dent unless it is in a severe crash and downright impossible to scratch in any meaningful manner.
In a crash, the people inside the truck will be perfectly safe. People of the outside, though, would be crushed in a manner far worse if they had been hit by some other car.