KEY POINTS

  • Elon Musk claims Tesla Cybertruck can take a 9mm bullet
  • Tesla hypes Cybertruck is bulletproof
  • But the majority of the consumers may not want a bulletproof truck

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck, he claimed that the all-electric pickup truck could withstand a 9-millimeter bullet. But, the failed test on the window of the prototype reveals that his claim may not be accurate. A new report supports this argument revealing the details why the Cybertruck is not technically bullet-resistant and why it is okay.

When it comes to defining the protection level of the vehicle, the German Institute for Standardization has an internationally recognized standard for that. For a car to be bulletproof, it must pass an evaluation, which includes shooting three rounds from approximately 33 feet into the triangular area that measures 4.7 inches. The main challenge in designing a bulletproof vehicle is creating windows and windshields that can withstand the test, considering that the material to take the bullet must be substantial.

In a report released by Opposite Lock, armorers, in general, have to include hundreds of pounds to a vehicle to achieve something that can take a bullet and receive a certification that it is bullet-resistant. But, the additional weight could be a significant disadvantage in the driving range. Aside from the weight, the position of the windows, the weight of the material would increase the center of gravity, which could have negative impacts on handling and the ride.

This argument hints that Tesla CEO Elon Musk should stop touting that the tesla Cybertruck is bulletproof, says Motor1. In reality, it is a feature that the majority of the buyers would not need and has a lot of major disadvantages in both cost and weight to be able to withstand international standards, the report adds. It is worth mentioning that during the unveiling, only a prototype Cybertruck was shown.

This means that the model was a pre-production vehicle and could still have a lot of changes in the production. Meanwhile, last weekend, several passersby had seen the tesla Cybertruck in person when Elon Musk decided to use it. Even Hollywood actor Edward Norton reportedly went to the parking area where the Cybertruck was parked to see the all-electric pickup truck in its glory.

The Tesla Cybertruck will enter into production in 2021.