The Tesla Cybertruck may not be legal in Europe
Oh dear, Elon...
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:
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.
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.
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.