No links - Just reasoned logic.
Texas Giga probably wont start turning out CTs in numbers till at least March next year, & all effort will go into making that happen.
A Euro Version of the CT will almost certainly also be built in Europe - most probably at an Extension of Giga Berlin.
Its not really the frontal shape that's the problem, but the ability for that shape/material to deform upon impact with a pedestrian, & also to prevent injury to those within the vehicle if impacting another vehicle.
In a pedestrians case - The vehicles bodywork effectively suffers more damage...
Future Scenario - Lets imagine you're the first on the scene of a 2 car head on crash where smoke & flames are present from the leaking fuel from car 1 - Both drivers appear unresponsive.
You go to the 1st cars drivers door - it remains locked, so you pick up a nearby rock, smash the side...
Well, I think we all know that unless the final design meets euro pedestrian impact rules, which it almost certainly wont, its not going to be imported by normal means as it wont get the 5* safety ratings which we know tesla loves.
I had a call from someone at Tesla UK a couple of days ago trying to sell me a Model 3 (apparently they've just received a shipment & have loads going spare - no discounts though), & I asked if the Euro Cybertruck was still going ahead - after all, they've still got our deposits.
Considering the Jetpack developed by Bell Aerospace & flown at the 1984 Olympics cost millions in development & could only fly for 30 seconds - yes 30 seconds, I have no problem with one that can fly for several minutes (the latest Mk3 version actually lasts for 7 minutes)
So its been everso slightly quiet on this thread for 9 months, but now the story is back in the news again with the Minister of State for Business, Energy, and Clean Growth saying the government is considering the site for a Tesla Gigafactory...
Seems all you need to be an automaker these days is to hire an art student for a couple of days, send their most futuristic drawings over to a contractor in Austria, & get them to build it with your badge on the front - worked for Jags iPace & the Ocean
Personally, I always wanted a smaller version as I'm trying to be practical about its usability on European roads.
When you get comments from people in the US saying it will even be too big for their garage, you have to think about how many bays this will take up at the local ASDA - its bad...
JLR are around 5 years behind ...... Everyone!
Range Rover is still planning for Mild Hybrids in 2 years time - https://www.carscoops.com/2020/12/next-gen-2022-range-rover-caught-winter-testing/
Reckon it'll be 2024 when we see the Wolverine or whatever its called by then over here - I can wait
Been looking at the Polestar Precept & thought its "stick-like" side mirrors/cameras would also look good on the CT - Not sure how theyre going to be configured on the Precept, but just imagine if these either withdrew or folded flush into the body when parked
Not sure a drop test is the right way to test out building brick properties
Here's a list of the tests they normally do - dropping not there - who'd have thought? :rolleyes:
Guess the "Soundness" Test comes closest - now there's a video to make!!
So, are you saying the Insurance companies aren't that bothered & dont need to be informed, (although I guess they'll probably get a memo from the manufacturer informing them of that particular models upgrade)
Another question then - So if your saying different states have different motoring...
A general question for insurance on cars that have o-t-a updates:-
So you buy the car - get the best insurance quote based on that particular car's spec - sorted!
So then what happens when one day you've have an "over the air update" that's increased the performance by say 10% - Do you now...
I'll bite ...... So where would you like it to be made?
I could be wrong, but guessing that as like me, your in the UK so you'd also like to wave the flag & buy a British car.
Most of my vehicles have been UK built -
Austins, Morris's & Triumph's in the 70's
Dutton Phaeton & Langridge Navajo...