Tesla has had a little bit of a tortured partnership with door handles. It begun with Tesla’s “self-presenting” door handles on Product S. Then, door handles transformed a little bit with Product X — a lot more on that afterwards. Speedy forward and door handles evolved to become manual flush-with-the-door handles on Design 3 and Model Y. Now, Cybertruck will go a person action more.
Previously mentioned: Tesla’s Franz von Holzhausen hitting the Cybertruck with a sledgehammer at the unveil — was he aiming for those door handles? (Graphic: Tesla)
According to Elon Musk, Cybertruck won’t have any door handles at all. He tweeted, “No doorway handles. Vehicle acknowledges you & opens doorway.”
Preserve in intellect, the Cybertruck prototype originally showcased door handles dating again to its initial community look at Tesla’s window-shattering start celebration. Reducing these door handles must even more flatten the doorway style and design, providing the Cybertruck an even extra futuristic look. Of class, this would also help with the auto aerodynamic profile as perfectly.
At this time, Product X is the only motor vehicle in Tesla’s present-day lineup geared up with self/car presenting front doors. As the proprietor/driver methods a Design X with the keyfob or a paired mobile cellphone, the vehicle quickly opens the driver’s facet door. The doorway is totally opened so that the driver does not want to touch any door handles. To near the door, the driver has to press the brake pedal for a several seconds, the Product X doorway closes routinely (video demo underneath).
Over: Product X’s unusual open/close feature (YouTube: John Chow dot com)
But however, the Product X does have door handles. And there are many strategies to open and close the doorways on this car or truck together with manually and working with the heart touchscreen controls. This option used to be element of the high quality up grade package in the past but now it will come normal on the new 2021 Design X design refresh (the two Long Selection and Plaid).
In switch, Tesla currently has the tech in spot for the motorized auto open and shut doorways. Now, they just will need to migrate these features to Cybertruck. But anything would make me assume the Cybertruck with “no door handles” will be different — at minimum according to Musk.
Upcoming up? Perhaps no steering wheel. Model S has by now gone to “50 %” a steering wheel with the yoke-style. When Tesla gets FSD dialed in, door handles and steering wheels will be as passé as combustion engines and exhaust pipes.