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Tesla Cybertruck will have no door handles, says Elon Musk

The Tesla boss also said how production version is 'almost exactly' the same as the 2019 show car

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Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed a little more about the upcoming Cybertruck – that it will have no door handles.

The tidbit of information came in a tweet from Musk on July 15 when asked to share more details about the Cybertruck. The electric truck was first revealed back in the fall of 2019 but has hardly been seen since. Many assumed the design would change somewhat before being ready for mass-production, but this does not appear to be the case.

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Musk said: "In [the] end, we kept production design almost exactly same as show car. Just some small tweaks here and there to make it slightly better. No door handles. Car recognizes you and opens door."

This is not entirely uncharted territory for Tesla, whose Model X has also featured a system whereby the driver's door pops open slightly when it senses the key fob is nearby. Musk hasn't expanded on how the Cybertruck's system will work, but we expect it to operate in a similar way.

That said, the Model X still has door handles, and their opening automatically is merely a convenience feature. It will be interesting to see if the Cybertruck truly has no physical handles, and if Tesla can make that comply with current vehicle safety legislation.

Shedding a little more light on the Cybertruck, Musk added: "Having all four wheels steer is amazing for nimble handling and tight turns!"

Musk has previously said how the Cybertruck will have all-wheel-steering, where the rear wheels turn a few degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speed, to improve the turning circle by virtually shortening the wheelbase. The rear wheels then steer in the same direction as the front at higher speed to increase stability.

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