A version of the Tesla Cybertruck has finally been revealed, with the top-of-the-line version offering a claimed 320 miles of range and the ability to launch from zero to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds. And while not all of the specs are as impressive as what was originally promised, Tesla still delivered in one important area — unpainted, stainless steel body panels. With a unique body, though, comes the challenge of repairing it when the Cybertruck inevitably gets in a wreck.
InsideEVs recently dug into that question, interviewing body shop technicians, insurance agents and even DeLorean enthusiasts. The answers they gave weren’t all doom and gloom, it’s clear that if it’s anything like the DeLorean, repairing a crashed Cybertruck probably won’t be quick or easy. Odds are, damaged body panels are going to have to be replaced, and as many current owners have already learned, getting insurance companies to pony up for repair costs can be a challenge:
Then again, people also had similar concerns when Ford gave the F-150 an aluminum body, but since then, it’s become less of an issue. If the Cybertruck ends up selling in large enough numbers, the industry will probably figure out how to adapt. As a lower-volume, niche vehicle, on the other hand, it will likely be a different story.
There’s a lot more to the article, and it’s a fascinating read, so head over to InsideEVs to check it out.
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