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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?)
Here in Northwest PA we have water mains that freeze occasionally, they electrify the pipe to thaw it… that would be a nice feature to blast the vault with low voltage, high current AC if it’s iced over. It’ll be interesting to see how it all performs, maybe they have preconditioning to defrost certain areas.

I saw the front bumper camera has what looks like a washer nozzle, that’s something I’ve been speculating about for years (especially as AI, FSD becomes more of a reality, they need a way to clean and clear the cameras)… but this would be so helpful, even now for backup cameras (can be used to blast off snow,ice,mud,etc…)
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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.
I see the value in both. My highlander liftgate had to be repaired, but when it works it works! Even better is the option to use the tailgate handle and then it becomes free moving, so you choose if u want powered or not at any time, that’s a game changer! (Does Cybertruck have a tailgate handle?)
 

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I honestly don't know, because I don't know if trucks have these kinds of bed covers in cold climates.

Here vans outnumber pickup trucks 30 to 1, and the pickups you see will generally have a reason to be a pickup (equipment or whatnot), so don't need a cover, or will have a cover that has an opening gate/door at the back. I don't remember when I've last seen one, if ever, with a cover like the Cybertruck vault.
I live in Canada. Trucks are the vehicle of choice here, and bed covers are common. Like any vehicle and any door/trunk on any vehicle, there are times they get covered in snow and ice. We are used to breaking out a scraper and brush and chipping off the ice. This will be the same for the Cybertruck. It's not really that hard. If you had an absolutely brutal ice storm you could also just take it through a car wash, that melts everything off.
 


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I bet the truck is so intuitive that the ice removes itself.
That would be ideal if the ice would remove itself.

The closest you might come to that, might involve a twice per year spray/wipedown with a high silicone content spray with a light carrier.

I don't think we even know what kind of material the roll-top vault cover is made of.
 

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Sure, those places count. Sorry if I sounded dismissive, but sometimes people claim things about winter driving yet live in Miami :)
 

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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.
Sure, but if something is shaped in a way that collects ice, it becomes a more frequent nuisance. And if it has a zillion little gaps, like the vault cover, it could potentially be way more problematic.
 


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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.
Indeed. In the past Tesla hasn’t always been great at that. Round here they have a reputation of being a ‘Californian company’ ;)
 

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Sure, those places count. Sorry if I sounded dismissive, but sometimes people claim things about winter driving yet live in Miami :)
They're called snowbirds; plenty of them by border town around Texas :D 🇺🇸🤠
 

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Sure, but if something is shaped in a way that collects ice, it becomes a more frequent nuisance. And if it has a zillion little gaps, like the vault cover, it could potentially be way more problematic.
Actually, if you think about it, CT vault cover is set at a higher angle than any other vehicle… which MAY reduce said build up from the environment… so…
 

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That would be ideal if the ice would remove itself.

The closest you might come to that, might involve a twice per year spray/wipedown with a high silicone content spray with a light carrier.

I don't think we even know what kind of material the roll-top vault cover is made of.
99% certain the vault cover will be extruded aluminum based on the images in that patent that became public a while back.
 

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Indeed. In the past Tesla hasn’t always been great at that. Round here they have a reputation of being a ‘Californian company’ ;)
Well now it's a California company with a Stetson, 501 jeans, boots and a big ol belt buckle. In case you didn't notice, they have several pre-production Cybertrucks in New Zealand being tested in the ice and snow. I'm pretty sure they are aware of any issues with ice/snow and the vault cover and buttons. That doesn't mean there won't be issues but for the concerned no garage, cold weather purchasers, you might want to hold off on a bit on that purchase ... :)
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