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The Cybertruck’s first buyers confused by its lack of door handles

The Cybertruck’s first buyers confused by its lack of door handles

The latest Telsa Cybertruck has troubled first time buyers as CEO Elon Musk had to intervene and help owners get inside

First time buyers of the latest Tesla Cybertruck struggled when there were no visible door handles on the vehicle to get inside.

At Tesla's recent delivery event just last month, first time owners of the Cybertruck were left confused as to how to open its doors.

The confusion led Tesla CEO Elon Musk to step in and assist - showing the owners how to get into the vehicle.

ROBYN BECK / Contributor / SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Contributor / Getty
ROBYN BECK / Contributor / SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Contributor / Getty

'You just press this button here', Musk told one of the new owners at the Tesla delivery event. A heads up probably would've been helpful!

Tesla isn't novel to sleek, futuristic vehicle designs.

Despite earlier prototypes of the Cybertruck showcasing door handles that would operate similar to the Model S door handles, Musk scrapped the idea.

In 2021, Musk announced that the Cybertruck range would come without door handles, aiming to offer most futuristic vehicles on the market.

Musk posted on X: 'In the end, we kept production design almost exactly same as show car. Just some small tweaks here & there to make it slightly better.

No door handles. Car recognizes you & opens door.'

Very early on - in the design phase - Musk also stated that he also didn't want to include side-view mirrors, but vehicle regulations wouldn't allow it. Probably for the best!

Instead of a normal door handle, the Cybertruck has a small button along the edge of its window, on the B-pillar part on the vehicle. Pushing this, allows the door to pop open only about 2 inches which can then be manually opened.

ROBYN BECK / Contributor / SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Contributor / Getty
ROBYN BECK / Contributor / SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Contributor / Getty

This is very similar to the cars you see on the futuristic Cyberpunk 2077 video game, except there's still manual functionality to it.

However, some people are expressing scepticism about how a simple button could cause problems come the winter months.

Tech YouTuber - Marques Brownlee - got some early access in the vehicle and said the feature could be 'difficult to access in cold and icy weather conditions'.

If de-icing the car is a gruelling process for most drivers in winter, frozen doors only controlled by the push of a button might snowball into bigger problems.

Tesla informed Brownlee that if you can 'break through the ice and press the button', it will 'push with enough force to open it and break the ice off.' Whether or not this would actually work is another story.

Current Tesla car owners are posting their opinions in the subreddit r/teslamotors with not-so-hopeful attitudes.

One individual commented saying: 'sounds overly complicated and troublesome. I love my Tesla but I wish they would stop fixing non-problems.'

And another responded: 'Tesla! The master of making simple things complicated!'

Featured Image Credit: ROBYN BECK / Contributor / SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Contributor / Getty

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