Yikes! Tesla Cybertruck Driver-Side Door Is Sharp Enough To Peel a Cucumber

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Photo: TheSmokingTire on YouTube | Edited
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Most people know that Tesla cannot sell the Cybertruck in Europe because the EV is simply too edgy. Vulnerable road users (i.e., pedestrians) could be seriously hurt if they meet unexpectedly with the pickup truck's front end. But that doesn't mean it can't be sold in the US, where it has the potential to become the best picnic machine.
A YouTuber who never believed that Tesla would put the Cybertruck into production got his hands on a Cyberbest. It's the same unit that was recently used to disprove the Texas-based brand's claim that its battery-powered pickup truck is faster than the slowest Porsche 911 in a quarter-mile drag race while towing a 911.

While nobody expected a good review from the man who openly admitted that he does not like the EV, he conducted one interesting experiment in the video available below that piqued our interest. He used a cucumber to show just how sharp the pickup truck driver-side door is.

His first attempt was unsuccessful because he chose a weird angle and pressed the cucumber on the thick side of the door. However, after figuring out where the sharpest section was, all it took was a bit of pressure to turn the door into a peeler. People who don't know how to open a Cybertruck could put their fingers in that area. Pushing onto that edge with a bit of force might result in a small injury. That's not something that you want to see, especially if you have kids or clumsy family member.

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Photo: TheSmokingTire on YouTube
Normally, anyone would have a laugh at such a demonstration and go on with their day. But in Cybertruck's case, this demonstration only continues to add to the shortcomings. While the EV looks like a concept that escaped the design studio and somehow managed to replicate itself like the advanced machine race from Stargate, things are not looking good in almost all other aspects.

The shiniest new thing

Referring back to the YouTuber's succinct analysis of the Cyberbeast he tested, the man pointed out that the Gigawiper wasn't sitting flush with the windshield and showed all the build quality issues, such as misaligned doors and panel gaps. Elon Musk anticipated that this could become a problem. That's why he told employees to strive for a "sub-10-micron accuracy" when sticking the "ultra-hard cold-rolled stainless steel" panels onto the body. Yes, the exoskeleton claims were also exaggerated.

Then, he indicated where the EV had unexpectedly sharp edges for a modern automobile that should reflect the progress we made for the safety of both drivers and vulnerable road users. He might've been able to easily peel a cucumber on one of the protruding front corners. Those aren't just some design fails; the angular protuberances pose a real risk to anyone who may come in contact with the battery-powered ride.

Next, he reminded watchers that a few accessories and features were missing and showed that the EV's shape was not very practical. The angled bed quarter panel might become an annoyance for those intending to use the vehicle as a workhorse. He also repeated the frunk experiment, showing that the lid would cut a carrot in half. It's worth mentioning that Tesla pushed an update that should have increased the frunk's sensitivity.

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Photo: TheSmokingTire on YouTube
However, the problems do not stop there.

Things worth remembering

The Cybertruck, even in its most expensive form with a tri-motor powertrain, feels like a rushed product. It's not us saying so! Customers are complaining about electrical problems and demanding replacements. Charging tests prove that the 4680 cells aren't as good as some stated or believed. The charging curve (the continuous rate at which the vehicle can accept power) drops abruptly after a few minutes.

Similarly, Tesla's first 800V vehicle can't seamlessly take advantage of high-power 350-kW chargers because V3 Superchargers are limited to an output of 250 kW, and the pickup truck cannot communicate with CCS-equipped dispensers via a CCS-to-NACS adapter.

The EV is failing off-road-specific tests that it should have passed with flying colors. Remember that the pickup truck reached lucky buyers without locking differentials. Even the accelerator pedal recall was done in an unexpected manner for such a big company.

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Photo: TheSmokingTire on YouTube
The cherry on top is that the F1-like service centers Elon Musk wanted do not exist, and customers are dealing with all sorts of issues when they try to get their cars fixed.

Tesla may have affordable EVs in its portfolio, but insurance companies aren't looking at them like they're Camrys. Premiums are high because parts are hard to find, and not every mechanic can or wants to fix a Tesla. Besides that, chances are high that an insurer will total an EV even after a fender bender.

A bit saddening

At the same time, there are Cybertruck owners out there who are content with their EVs. They haven't experienced any issues, even though they still don't have access to features such as Autopilot or FSD. So, don't get ready to completely disregard the vehicle or harshly criticize it. You might drive one at some point and discover that you like it.

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Photo: TheSmokingTire on YouTube
What's regretful about this pickup truck is the fact that it affects Tesla's already slightly tarnished image. The brand that made the EV popular, forced competitors to follow in its footsteps or develop their own zero-tailpipe emission rides, and turned a battery-powered crossover SUV into the world's best-selling car last year seems to be succumbing to someone's impulsive requests.

Tesla is also the brand that made the first serious step in the fast-charging game by establishing the Supercharger network when rivals laughed at it for trying to compete not only with successful automakers but also with gas companies.

Such a track record can make anyone question why the marque felt it had to rush the launch of the Cybertruck. It could have taken its sweet time and brought forward the bullet-resistant ride as a complete package that would have left rivals like the R1T, the F-150 Lightning, or the Silverado EV RST in the rearview mirror.

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About the author: Florin Amariei
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Car shows on TV and his father's Fiat Tempra may have been Florin's early influences, but nowadays he favors different things, like the power of an F-150 Raptor. He'll never be able to ignore the shape of a Ferrari though, especially a yellow one.
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