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Yes I remember that and it wasn't horrible. The point is that the motor technology has evolved and we are now beyond having to open and close the gate manually. There is significant utility when having a gate that can be opened and closed remotely, hands-free. Plus, people have complained about the manual frunk lid on other Teslas - so this feature is not new.
I honestly don’t really care much for a motorised frunk lid either, but I know everyone seems to be frothing about it. Motorised lids tend to be slow and break.

I’m really not sure what that significant utility is that you mention but I’d be perfectly fine closing a gate myself and to have one less component requiring expensive repairs at some point. Hell, I might even enjoy it for that trucker feel of slamming a gate after chucking in some firewood.

But perhaps I’m alone in my thinking.
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sooo, you want someone else to walk up to another persons truck and start leveraging bits off it?
I'm sure that would go down really well - and be recorded on SentryCam.
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In snowy/icy places?
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is NY/CT snowy/icy enough for ya??? I also hear a few have them up in Canada… now if that ain’t cold enough….
 


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I still wonder how those, and indeed the whole vault, will work when there’s ice and snow around.
Be pragmatic. How would you deal with ice and snow that affects things on your vehicle now? I clear it off, thaw it if I can or, if I can’t, go back inside and wait for warmer weather.
 

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So tailgate opens with the button, but will it close with it? From the image on the button, I’d say no, but I’m hopeful.
So how is this any different from existing electric truck bed covers? Seems to me people have found a way to make it work before, what’s stopping them from figuring it out now?
true, but it does seem like having it on a vertical surface might have been a better idea for winter??? You have to wonder how much designers in Ca and TX just don’t consider intricacies of colder climates.
 

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Of course anything like that will require sometimes a fair bit of scraping to operate (the boot on the 3 would sometimes get thoroughly immobile). But if you have a concave shape it will attract even more ice and snow. Might just be something to live with, assuming the rubber and mechanism isn't precious enough that it can't handle a bit of abuse from hacking out the ice...

Now, the vault, if it has a habit of icing up, will potentially be extremely problematic due to those little ridges between the slates!
This wouldn't work for serious snow country, perhaps, but here's what I'll do for the short periods we have snow and ice in my area: I'll keep an eye on the forecast and when that weather threatens, I'll open the vault and deal with it like anyone with a typical open-bed pickup. If it has some snow or ice in it, at least I'll be able to throw stuff in the bed and use my truck.
 


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true, but it does seem like having it on a vertical surface might have been a better idea for winter??? You have to wonder how much designers in Ca and TX just don’t consider intricacies of colder climates.
It gets pretty cold in the mountains of California and in the winter in Texas. That’s why they sent the CyberTruck to New Zealand recently (their seasons are reverse of those in the Northern hemisphere), but you’re mostly right. They do seem to forget about us cold weather folks.

In Ohio we have blazing summer heat and frigid below zero winters. Luckily Tesla’s have excellent thermal management. They should add heat to the slats of the tonneau cover to melt ice and snow and a heated charge port door, too (maybe too complicated/costly?)
 

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If it's open only for the tailgate, there may not be a motor. Just a spring and gravity.
 

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I don't know what the vault cover is made of but I cannot believe that the rubber switch cover is gonna last as long as the stainless exterior otherwise will. Perhaps someone will sell a switch cover to protect it from the weather.
It comes with a rubber switch cover to protect it from weather. It will be replaceable if it degrades over the years.

I think it's weird the way so many people question every Cybertruck decision, as if they are God's gift to smart design. They throw peanut shells from the peanut gallery without a hint that it's a real problem. Even cars made by legacy auto for decades become encrusted in snow and ice under certain climatic conditions. Wipers freeze to windshields, door handles and rubber door seals freeze shut, windows become inoperative, headlights become encrusted with ice, wheel wells fill up with re-frozen slush, trunks and tailgates freeze shut, etc, etc, etc.

Guess what, when you live where those conditions happen, you deal with it. For decades now I've been treating problem areas with silicone and rubber seal conditioner, wax and whatever will make ice release easier. New cars still benefit from such measures to mitigate issues, there is zero chance the Cybertruck will magically work perfectly in every conceivable climatic event. No car does.

People need to stop thinking they are so much smarter than the design teams engineering Cybertruck and that winter conditions are not considered for every design detail by said teams.
 
 




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