Few vehicles have attracted so much attention, positive and negative, as Tesla’s Cybertruck. But it may never take to European roads due to a plethora of safety regulations…
Europe Might Not Be Going Cyber
Last November, Elon Musk presented the world with the Cybertruck; whether it wanted it or not. It was a rocky unveiling from the start, with a demonstration designed to show off the vehicle’s durability ending in broken glass. Nevertheless, despite its divisive styling, it’s managed to attract a cult following. And, if deposits are anything to go by, it should have plenty of sales to look forward to. But they won’t be coming from Europe, at least according to one expert.
‘Strong Modifications’ Needed
Stefan Teller, a German TUV safety certification expert, believes the Cybertruck will need to receive “strong modifications to the basic structure” if it wants to meet European regulations. In America, it’ll be classified as a ‘light duty truck’. This will exempt it from a number of safety considerations; including those that concern pedestrians and other road-users. This isn’t the case in Europe. Teller explained, “the front of the vehicle must not be stiff. The bumper and bonnet must be able to absorb energy to protect the pedestrians”. For type approval, Teller claims Tesla would need to follow 50 to 60 regulations.
Disintegrate And Dissipate
The Cybertruck is built for strength and durability, being composed of strong, rolled stainless steel panels; angular and aggressive-looking. This is ideal for creating a sci-fi aesthetic and looking after occupants. But when it comes to colliding with pedestrians, it’s a different story entirely. Regulations in Europe require vehicles to deform in very specific ways upon the point of collision.
For occupants, this means the car needs to disintegrate to dissipate energy. For other road-users, it must effectively cushion the blow. But as Teller says, this probably wouldn’t be the case with the Cybertruck. “nothing is deformed in the event of an impact; instead, enormous forces act on the occupants. Airbags then no longer help”, he said. He concluded, “It will not be possible to sell it in this country [Germany] as a mass-production vehicle on the basis of a type approval. It is still a big task for Mr. Musk”.
So, there you have it. We may never see legions of Cybertrucks take to the streets of London, Paris and Berlin. That said, would there even be enough space for them anyway? Try fitting one in a parking space next time you pop to Tesco…
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