The surprisingly big windshield wiper seen on a prototype of Tesla’s futuristic truck is not going anywhere, even though Elon Musk is not exactly thrilled about the feature.
Tesla’s elusive Cybertruck was caught on drone footage on Friday during a test drive at the company’s plant in Fremont, California. People who were hoping to see a futuristic vehicle design will be disappointed as it featured some of the same devices that are found in every car: side mirrors and windshield wipers.
Even worse is the fact that it’s significantly larger than modern cars. Social media users were quick to deride the wiper as “Amazingly large” – something that did not escape Elon Musk’s notice, who, instead of jumping to the Cybertruck’s defense, admitted that the “What troubles? Wiper is the answer [him] most.”
Tesla’s CEO went on to say that he saw “No easy answer” to the problem. A “Disableable wiper which can be stored in your trunk.” which Musk sees as an ideal alternative, would admittedly be too “complex.” The company, however, is working on an ‘electromagnetic wiper’ to go with the Cybertruck, according to Electrek, a news website devoted to electric cars.
Musk stated that side mirrors are not permitted to be removed by car manufacturers. However, the future owners are free to “Change their car.”
Tesla’s Cybertruck first saw the light of day in November 2019, with its rough, futuristic looks instantly attracting a lot of attention. What was shown back then, however, was a crude prototype, and keeping the vehicle’s massive windshield clean was apparently the least of Tesla’s concerns, so the truck had no wipers at all, nor side-view mirrors.
However, with production, scheduled to start in 2022 just around the corner a series of compromises were necessary. Some may feel that this took away from the original design. The front is now rounder and the headlights are new.
According to Tesla’s website, the all-electric, battery-powered truck’s exterior is a “Nearly impenetrable exoskeleton” that is designed for “Ultimate durability and passenger protection” The Cybertruck is also said to feature ‘armor glass’, though during the vehicle’s unveiling in 2019, the prototype’s windows shattered when a metal ball was thrown at them. Tesla revealed that the glass’s base had been broken in an earlier crash-test, which involved hammer blows to its door. On top of these issues, some safety experts have warned that the Cybertruck’s rugged exterior design could pose greater risks to pedestrians if hit by the vehicle.