At the end of last month, the head of Tesla, Elon Musk, made it clear that even if the assembly of electric Cybertruck pickups begins in the middle of this year, they will be produced in mass quantities only from 2024. Meanwhile, there is less and less time left to make changes to the design of the car, and therefore, by the appearance of fresh prototypes, one can judge with high confidence the appearance of serial pickups. Recently, one of the prototypes was spotted in Palo Alto, California.
One of the eyewitnesses filmed such a car, as the Electrek resource explains, moving directly behind it through the streets of this Californian city. This short video allows you to evaluate the work of the rear lighting. Both the parking lights and brake lights are designed in a laconic form of rectangular red sections at the corners of the upper part of the tailgate. Apparently, this copy of the pickup truck is equipped with a workable sliding cover of the cargo compartment, reminiscent of the principle of roller shutters.
Video source: Flavio Tronzano
Another detail that attracts an experienced eye of the observer is the lowered window of the rear right door. As you know, during the famous autumn presentation of Cybertruck in 2019, Elon Musk tried to demonstrate the ability of the side windows of a pickup truck to withstand a metal ball that he threw into the car right on stage. The glasses cracked during the presentation, causing obvious embarrassment to the head of the company, and since then he did not like to remember this feature. On a fresh prototype, the rear door glass is lowered, which may indicate the presence of all the main working mechanisms in the cabin. It is difficult to judge whether it has anti-shock properties.
Finally, this Cybertruck prototype features triangular-shaped mirrors that clearly fit into the overall design concept. Previous spy footage has predominantly shown large rectangular-shaped mirrors on bulky brackets, clearly borrowed from another brand’s full-size SUVs. Elon Musk was originally determined to replace rear-view mirrors with cameras, and many automakers are already embarking on this path, but in the US, existing requirements for cars imply that they must have rear-view mirrors. As long as the legislators’ point of view has not changed, Tesla will be forced to equip the Cybertruck with traditional mirrors.
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