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The serial version of the Tesla Cybertruck pickup may lose door handles
The car owner community has yet to recover from the shock caused by Tesla’s decision to abandon the drive mode selector and paddle shifters in the new generation of Model S and Model X electric vehicles, and the head of the company is already intriguing with a new statement. The production version of the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup will have no door handles.
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It looks like the global auto industry is starting to fight everything that sticks out and stands. Traditional electronic shift levers are replaced by sleek washers, and cars on the outside are beginning to ditch protruding elements to improve aerodynamics. Rear-view mirrors are being replaced by compact cameras on some production cars, door handles are recessed on some relatively expensive models, Tesla products are no exception in this sense.
According to the Electrek resource, Elon Musk went even further in his quest to defeat the «atavisms of the automotive industry». He told Twitter followers that the production version of the Cybertruck pickup truck, which is preparing for a demonstration in the second quarter, will lose its door handles. Fans of modifications have implemented similar solutions earlier, but production cars have still not been in a hurry to get rid of door handles. Elon Musk did not provide details, but it can be assumed that unlocking the doors and opening them to a small initial angle in a Tesla pickup will be facilitated by a combination of a touch sensor and an electric closer. Early prototype Cybertruck was equipped with Tesla’s traditional retractable handles.
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In fact, on Tesla Model X crossovers, similar capabilities have already been implemented — the owners of expensive configurations did not need to pull the door handle every time, since the door opened slightly after pressing the recessed handle. Crossover owners can also close and open the front doors by pressing a button on the key fob or on the touchscreen display of the central infotainment system of an electric vehicle. In the latter case, the user must be in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.