Compromising on Weight, Size, and Charge
Lars Moravy, who is the VP of Vehicle Engineering for Tesla, spoke to TopGear Netherlands and declared that it appears the Cybertruck probably won’t be coming to Europe.
“The US market for pickups is substantial, which is a contrast to other countries,” Moravy informed TopGear. “In addition, European regulations call for a 3.2 millimeter rounding on parts that protrude. Unfortunately, it is unfeasible to achieve this rounding on a 1.4 millimeter sheet of stainless steel,” he went on to say.
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After a four-year wait filled with gossip, misunderstandings, and some bizarre musings from CEO Elon Musk via his beloved X social media site, the first production-spec Tesla Cybertruck units were eventually assembled and handed over last week.
Although U.S. customers who have pre-ordered the angular, all-electric truck should anticipate having the electric car available to them by the following year, potential purchasers in Europe would do well not to be overly expectant.
The justification for this has to do with the details of the spec sheets themselves, and while it is astonishing, Tesla’s groundbreaking pickup will likely remain a crop denied to Europeans.
The Cybertruck packs a huge punch of up to 845 horsepower and accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, making it incredibly swift. Nevertheless, its immense weight of 6,843 pounds (in the Cyberbeast spec with three electric motors plus 123 kWh battery, according to Carwow) eliminates the possibility of driving it with a conventional car licence in Europe.
In this region of the globe, those with a type B permit (for typical passenger automobiles) can drive a car whose maximum gross weight is 3.5 tonnes, or 7,716 lbs. While the Cybertruck’s heft falls beneath this limit, its 6,843 lbs weight doesn’t include the 2,500 lbs cargo capacity. When combining the two numbers, you get 9,343 lbs, which comes to 4,237 kg, disregarding the load of the passengers.
5000 or 6500 pounds.As evidenced in the documentation presented to authorities previously this year, the recently unveiled Cybertruck could come with two feasible gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR): 5,000 and 6,500 lbs.
It is apparent that the lowest rating for the Cybertruck surpasses the cap set in Europe. Which would imply, when it comes to retailing in Europe, an owner of a Cybertruck requires a C category license – defining all vehicles with GVWR of around 3.5 tons or 7,716 lbs.
Essentially, a truck license is something distinct from the typical B-type license. As a European, I’m aware it’s more costly to attain one than the latter, and thus fewer people bother going to the trouble of getting one. After all, unless you aim to drive a truck what use is such an authorization? Which is why it isn’t the greatest option for a vehicle meant to be produced in large numbers and sold on a larger scale.
One consideration that might make the Cybertruck an American-exclusive offering is its restricted charm in terms of big pickups that have normally been seen through time across Europe. On the European continent, compact trucks such as the Toyota Hilux, the Mitsubishi L200 (otherwise known as the Triton), the Volkswagen Amarok, and Ford Ranger dominate this particular division, so for Tesla’s relatively large truck, it could be tough for it to establish a presence in that region of the world.
“Pickup trucks are not as widely accepted as their counterparts in the United States,” remarked Pedro Pacheco, vice president of research at Gartner, in an interview with Business Insider. He went on to explain that, compared to what is seen in the American market, these vehicles have a relatively low level of market penetration.
“When it comes to the Cybertruck, there is not a large demand in Europe,” noted automotive analyst Michael Ramsey. “Pickup trucks are not a popular choice in the region, so the market for this type of vehicle is limited.” He continued, “For a vehicle in the category of the Cybertruck, there’s not a huge market in Europe, because pickup trucks generally are not very common,” he added.
Lastly, the subject of charging ports must be considered. Tesla’s American Charging Standard (ACS) connector is in the midst of potentially becoming the standard choice between EVs intended for the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, Europe has adopted the CCS2 plug. This is even the case with European Tesla Superchargers, which feature the CCS2 connector.
To move the Cybertruck in this location, Tesla will have to set up the CCS2 connector. This requirement for differential hardware and software modifications might be too much work to worry about.
Calculations are tough to identify with accuracy, as pickups are generally grouped with other small utility vehicles, including vans. Nevertheless, in 2020 there were apparently only 116,280 pickups that sold in Continental Europe, as per this article from Automotive News of two years prior.
That stands in stark contrast to the roughly 3 million pickup sales that took place throughout the United States in 2020. This renders it an even less attractive market for Tesla, which is hoping to sell a quarter of a million Cybertrucks annually by 2025.