The Cybertruck should be one of the safest vehicles on the road - for occupants, at least.
Tesla shared a teaser of the elusive Cybertruck undergoing a crash test this past weekend, indicating that the electric pickup is nearing homologation, and hopefully, getting that much closer to reaching customers.
The video was shared on April Fool's Day, and many of us were indeed fooled as we expected to see an actual crash test. Instead, the video - captioned "Cybertruck crash test" - was 37 seconds of the Cybertruck very nearly hitting a barrier from about 100 different angles, but without the truck ever making contact with the barrier. Still, the footage of the truck itself appeared to be real, so we can assume that at least one Cybertruck has actually been destroyed in the name of safety.
When crash-test scores are eventually revealed, the Cybertruck is expected to be one of the most highly-rated vehicles for safety on the planet. That has something to do with its size, but a lot to do with Tesla's stellar reputation for crashworthiness.
Even the much smaller Model Y has a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS - as does the Model 3. We've seen numerous cases of Teslas being involved in what could've been fatal accidents, but the passenger cell almost always remains intact, as was the case when one Model 3 driver walked away without any serious injuries after his car tumbled 40 feet down an embankment. Tesla has been getting this right for years, with an earlier version of the Model S returning best-ever scores in an NHTSA crash test a decade ago.
The Cybertruck is claimed to have a "nearly impenetrable exoskeleton" that contributes to passenger safety, including Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel structural skin. However, there are concerns that while EVs like the Cybertruck are brilliant at keeping occupants safe, the news isn't as good for pedestrians or other road users.
The Cybertruck's design with many sharp edges has been criticized for posing a greater risk to pedestrians, and safety authorities like the IIHS are having to revise their testing systems to cope with heavier and heavier EVs. That's not to mention the potential outcome when a heavy EV hits a smaller vehicle. The Model X crossover already weighs over 5,000 pounds, and the Cybertruck is likely to add another 1,000 lbs or so over that.
The Cybertruck is expected to begin production later this year.
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