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The Tesla Cybertruck may not be legal in Europe

Oh dear, Elon...

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Well, this might have put some spanners in the works. According to Stefan Teller, an expert who is reponsible for homologating cars for European sale (he works for SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH), the Tesla Cybertruck may not be road legal in Europe. How's this the case? Well, he has explained:

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Photo: Tesla

Teller states that a European-legal Cybertruck would have to have "major modifications to the basic structure". Why would this be needed? It's because of the materials the truck is constructed out of in the first place. The incredibly stiff stainless steel body wouldn't deform under any circumstances in an accident meaning that, in Teller's words, "instead, enormous forces act on the occupants. Airbags then no longer help." Yikes.

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Photo: Tesla

How could Tesla get around this? Well, they could claim that the Cybertruck is a speciality armoured vehicle. This is perfectly allowable under EU regulations. The problem is if they did do this, they wouldn't be able to sell very many Cybertrucks in Europe and that could seriously affect Tesla's sales. Not a lot of people are very interested in specialist armoured vehicles, as you might have obviously realised. It could shove the Cybertruck into a very niche market and, in some cases, maybe even make it into even more of a laughing stock in the general automotive community.

Photo: Tesla

Photo: Tesla

When all is said and done, this looks very embarrassing for Tesla. Unless they decided to go almost completely back to the drawing board with the Cybertruck, they may not be able to sell the car globally. This would be a huge problem considering the vehicle has been designed from the outset to be one of the brand's major players in their model lineup. After all, as Elon Musk himself said, Tesla needs to make a pickup truck.

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Comments (94)

  • Nice, time to move to Europe

      9 months ago
  • This wont fit in europe anyway

      9 months ago
  • Good! Pick ups are for stupid Americans, such an ugly thing does not deserve to be on European soil.

      9 months ago
  • that is good. look like car of first version GTA game. LoL

      9 months ago
  • In the early 60s, Mercedes Cars were almost indestructible. You could also hit the door with a hammer without leaving a dent. They could even roll over several times without anything bending at the car. However, the passengers were dead because the bodies had to absorb all the energy of the crash. That is why they started building cars in such a way that they absorb more energy. Tesla set the development 60 years back with their Cybertruck. It also has too many sharp edges. They are dangerous for pedestrians if there is an accident. 45 years ago, even the Lamborghini Miura had to cover its fins around the headlights and air inlet fins with rubber hoses to get approval in Germany. For this reasons, there will never be a Cybertruck with normal registration in Germany.

      9 months ago
    • So you’re basically saying that Approx 100 years of car development within the traditional car manufacturers, vs 10-15(?) years within Tesla suddenly makes a (the) difference? πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€

      I think we will see similar issues also when the new...

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