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Tesla Cybertruck seen close to BMW’s Munich R&D heart – for teardown?


A photograph of a giant and conspicuously triangle-shaped automobile in Munich, close to BMW’s Analysis and Innovation Heart, has surfaced on the web, suggesting the German automaker is doing a teardown of the newly-released Tesla Cybertruck.

Now that the Cybertruck is out, sightings aren’t all that unusual, particularly in California and Texas the place many of the automobiles are being delivered.

However one place that Cybertrucks nonetheless aren’t frequent is Europe, the place it isn’t offered (and it’s unlikely that the automobile will ever be offered on account of its dimension and the probability that its excessive and boxy front-end wouldn’t cross pedestrian security laws).

So think about the shock when a flatbed automotive transporter was noticed with a coated(-but-really-you-can-tell-what’s-under-there), triangle-shaped automobile in Munich, simply down the street from BMW.

The pictures had been posted by Nextmove, a German EV rental firm that additionally has an lively youtube channel posting details about EVs. Right here’s an embed of the video, deep-linked to the portion in query (pictures begin at 27:36):

The pictures had been despatched in by a viewer who says they had been taken on April 4 at round 7:45am on the nook of Schleichheimerstrasse and Frankfurter Ring, coming from the course of BMW’s Analysis and Innovation Heart. The situation is certainly only one block away from a number of BMW amenities, as you possibly can see on this map of the world:

Now perhaps that is all only a loopy coincidence, however it appears fairly possible that BMW purchased this truck, in all probability for teardown functions. Which is attention-grabbing, provided that BMW doesn’t make vans (although it does make SUVs).

However regardless of their lack of pickup vans, BMW might be nonetheless fascinated with seeing among the new applied sciences that Tesla is working with within the Cybertruck. Regardless of the automobile being a… let’s say “assertion,” it’s filled with a superb quantity of tech that the automotive trade has been speaking about for a very long time, however which heretofore has been seen in few or no completed automobiles.

This contains issues like 48-Volt structure and steer-by-wire, and another applied sciences which are on some automobiles however nonetheless moderately new, like Tesla’s bigger 4680 cell format and Powershare bidirectional charging. Tesla additionally initially promised to make use of a distinctive “exoskeleton”-style chassis, although because the truck received nearer to manufacturing that appears prefer it didn’t fairly pan out the best way we imagined – however we’re certain BMW is fascinated with seeing what’s beneath that pores and skin anyway.

This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen Cybertrucks within the possession of different automakers, and it is not uncommon for automakers to acquire new automobiles from different automakers to allow them to take them aside and see what the competitors is as much as.

Final month, a Cybertruck was noticed outdoors Ford’s proving grounds in Detroit, and reportedly the automaker paid fairly a fairly penny for it. Early Cybertrucks offered for virtually 1 / 4 million {dollars} on the secondary market, regardless of Tesla’s risk to promote early patrons who flip their vans. Thus far, Tesla hasn’t adopted via on this risk with a lawsuit, however it has blacklisted a minimum of one proprietor after he listed his on the market, and as extra vans have gotten out, the resale market has cooled from its preliminary excessive highs.

However then, even that quarter million quantity might be low in comparison with what BMW may need paid. In February, a Cybertruck was listed on the secondhand market in Germany for a cool €485k, so both a wealthy fanatic wantsa triangle to brighten their storage, or a wealthy German automaker wished to be the primary to test it out. We hope they realized quite a bit for that type of cash.

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