German Safety Experts Have Taken Umbrage With The Electric Pickup

Tesla Cybertruck Deliveries Production
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Reality continues to cut through the hype of the Tesla Cybertruck like a hot knife through butter. As it stands, the vehicle is not fit for production – even though California demigod Elon Musk was seen driving over pylons and running lights on the road in it recently. And don’t just take our word for it: European regulators have taken notice of the Cybertruck’s absurdity as well.

Even though the EU is absolutely drunk on battery electric vehicles to the point of over-regulating the gasoline engine and personal transportation as we know it, officials still can’t find it rational to endorse the Tesla Cybertruck. For example, Stefan Teller, an expert responsible for homologation at SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH (a safety organization that makes tests for different automakers), said in a recent report from Germany’s Automobilwoche that it is very unlikely Tesla could sell the Cybertruck in Europe as it appears now. The truck would need to have “have major modifications to the basic structure” according to Teller because “the basic concept of Tesla contradicts the common European security philosophy.”

Tesla Cybertruck

And it may be due to Tesla’s so-called “innovations” found on this pickup truck such as thickened stainless steel and its wedge-shaped design.

“The front of the vehicle must not become stiff,” Teller said in the report. “The bumper and [hood] must be able to absorb energy to protect the pedestrians.” But the Tesla Cybertruck uses stiff stainless steel for its body, so “nothing is deformed in the event of an impact, instead, enormous forces act on the occupants. Airbags then no longer help either,” said Teller. Therefore, the Cybertruck’s body would be “a major obstacle to the security architecture.”

While true that Tesla could get around these European regulations by offering the Cybertruck as some kind of specialty armored vehicle in the region (if it could even qualify). However, it wouldn’t be categorized as a mass-production vehicle.

The Cybertruck “will not be able to be sold in this country (Germany) as a mass-production vehicle based on type approval. That is still a big task for Mr. Musk,” Teller said.

As Musk himself once said: running a car company is really hard.

Written by Manoli Katakis

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