Is the Tesla Cybertruck Street Legal?

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Pegi Bracaj, Staff Writer

In late 2019, Tesla — the famous electric car company — unveiled its first fully electric pickup truck: the Tesla Cybertruck. Tentatively scheduled to release in late 2021, the truck was made available to the public to preorder through a $100 deposit that is fully refundable. As revealed, the Tesla Cybertruck features an exterior shell made of stainless-steel and Tesla armor glass that contributes to the durability and passenger protection of the truck. Obviously, the Tesla Cybertruck is well built and is marketed as indestructible. 

Critics, however, have been wondering whether the truck is street legal considering that it does not feature any side mirrors, windshield wipers, or a front bumper. While the government may eventually approve rear-looking cameras, the vehicle also includes some other questionable features. For example, the truck definitely fails safety standards as it only includes a single light bar in the front and back.

In addition, as mentioned previously, the truck features an ultra-hard material which can turn the truck into a safety hazard. Another illegal feature that the truck includes are the tires jutting from their wheel wells. Thus, due to these illegal elements that the truck features, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has announced that the design of the Cybertruck has yet to be finalized. Just on a legal standpoint, changes must definitely be made in order to make the car actually drivable on the streets.