Tesla’s Cybertruck, the electric pickup truck, is eagerly anticipated by Chinese consumers, with expectations of its debut in China in the coming first quarter. Buzz on social media suggests that the vehicle’s appearance in Chinese showrooms will draw significant consumer interest.
However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tempered expectations, stating that while it’s challenging to legally introduce the Cybertruck on Chinese roads, the company could consider shipping some models for static display.
Despite the excitement, the Cybertruck faces potential regulatory hurdles. According to EU automotive experts, the vehicle’s stainless steel body and near right-angled front end may not meet the latest EU safety standards, which require a vehicle’s bumper and hood to absorb energy to protect pedestrians. Similar standards from Chinese regulatory bodies, such as C-NCAP and China Automotive Technology & Research Center (CATARC), also emphasize pedestrian protection, potentially posing a challenge for Cybertruck’s compliance.
Furthermore, China categorizes pickup models as trucks, which traditionally have a 15-year lifespan before they are scrapped. If the Cybertruck follows this norm, its pricing could be less competitive in the Chinese market.