People are curious whether the dimensions of the Cybertruck would be practical in day-to-day life anywhere. This EV is going to be bigger than the average car on the street, so buyers are naturally concerned about the practicality of its size and weight.
This is especially true for Tesla fans outside the United States. As you may be aware, beyond the US, roads tend to be narrower. In France, for instance, having a large and luxurious vehicle is frowned upon. It is labeled “bourgeois” and considered tacky. And the number of people with trucks outside America sharply decreases too.
Critics have also questioned whether the vehicle is street legal because it lacks side mirrors, windshield wipers, and a front bumper. While the authorities may ultimately allow the rear-view cameras, the car also has several other dubious characteristics. The vehicle, for example, clearly breaches safety rules because it just has a single light bar in the front and back.
So does the Cybertruck have what it takes to compete in a global EV market such as UK, Australia, and China?
A Cybertruck on the road
Most roads around the world are broad enough for the Cybertruck to drive on. The size of the automobile was much debated when it was initially revealed, especially in Europe. Most roads in the United Kingdom are wide enough, while certain country lanes might be fairly tiny. Given that many of these country ways go to farms with tractors using these roads, the Cybertruck should be able to breeze through these roads.
Roads in the UK are much narrower in crowded cities due to on-street parking and traffic congestion. However, most routes should be accessible by bus, so the Cybertruck should have no trouble traversing this landscape either. It may be a tight squeeze on certain tiny or busy routes, but nothing to worry about.
Some UK roads have a maximum width limit. This restriction is usually approximately 6 feet 6 inches (about 2 meters), so the Cybertruck will have to avoid these roads and find another route.
However, there are several SUV-style cars on the road now that would have the same issue, such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and even the Tesla Model S, and we see a lot of these cars around. We don't foresee the Cybertruck having an issue in most everyday situations, especially because we already have automobiles above the 2-meter threshold on the roadways today.
Where can you park a Cybertruck
The Cybertruck is 5.8 meters long, little more than 2 meters wide, and 1.9 meters tall. So, how do normal garage and parking spot sizes stack up?
In the United Kingdom, for example, garages are frequently utilized as rooms for extra storage rather than for storing automobiles. This is mostly due to the relatively tiny average size of single garages in the United Kingdom. Doors are typically 2.2 meters wide, with the entire width of the garage being roughly 3 meters. Even the Model 3 is 1.85 meters wide, leaving barely 35 centimeters of clearance through a typical UK garage door. Looking lengthways isn't much better, with the average UK garage being 6 meters long; even double garages have the same average length. Again, with a length of 5.8 meters, this leaves very little room for the Cybertruck.
What about parking lots?
Parking bays are typically 2.4m wide by 4.8m long. This is for off-street parking, such as car parks. We can see from this that the Cybertruck would fit widthwise, however it only leaves 20 cm on either side for opening the doors.
However, the Cybertruck will undoubtedly be overhanging throughout its length, which may bother other drivers and certainly raises the likelihood of it being hit by another automobile in a cramped parking lot.
However, the Cybertruck is not alone at all. The Ford Ranger measures 5.35 meters in length. The Mitsubishi L200, with a length of 5.3 meters, is another popular option.
Parking spots do not appear to be increasing in size along with the automobiles, and drivers of these trucks will already be suffering "the overhang." However, the Cybertruck is 8% longer than the Ford Ranger, pushing this issue even further.
So garage parking may be limited, but most Cybertruck owners will have off-street parking accessible, such as a driveway, for charging the vehicle. Supermarket parking will almost certainly be a pinch, causing inconvenience to other parking lot users who must avoid the Cybertruck's back end that will be protruding onto the road.
At the very least, the Cybertruck has that steel body to withstand people slamming their doors into it.
And about that stainless steel frame
Seems like it's slightly concerning. The vehicle is made of an ultra-hard material, which might make it a safety concern. The tires protruding from the truck's wheel wells are another illegal feature.
As a result of the truck's prohibited elements, CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the design of the Cybertruck has yet to be completed. Just from a legal aspect, improvements must undoubtedly be made in order to make the EV roadworthy.
We don't believe any big design adjustments are required. The key aspects that were noticeably noncompliant with requirements in most jurisdictions in the United States are fairly easy to mitigate.
The missing windshield wipers. The missing side view mirrors could be replaced with cameras as per a rule change that permitted this in Europe. The steering wheel must be circular if it can be rotated more than 180 degrees, left and right. The window material and tint appear to fulfill U.S. FMVSS regulations. And when compared to the Ford F-150, the bumper height does not appear to be an issue.
The use of 30X stainless steel in the body has been questioned in terms of its safety to other cars and pedestrians in the event of an accident, although there appear to be no constraints on its use.
In terms of the body material influencing the Cybertruck's crash testing, Tesla has a track record of getting excellent crash safety ratings on all of its vehicles.
Will the Cybertruck ever be fit for the real world?
Those who believe that the Cybertuck is only a prototype that will never be produced are counting on a narrative of past failures by several other companies. Tesla, on the other hand, has never done so.
They don’t have the financial resources to do bizarre market research and promote the firm at auto shows. They’re already trying to save a lot on the Cybertruck. Any adjustments, in our perspective, will be small.
The lights make it illegal to drive on the street. And it will not fulfill crash regulations since steel does not crumple or absorb impact; instead, it transmits it back like an old car that appears to be safe but really isn't.
It reverberates the shock rather than absorbing it like a crumple zone. It will not meet safety regulations unless this can be avoided somehow.
As for driving on the road, we don't see that as an issue for most everyday use. There will probably be some fringe circumstances that cause problems, but this is true for many other automobiles that are already on the global market. People who live in places with narrower roads or who don't have access to large enough off-street parking should think twice before