The dashboard of the newly revealed Tesla Cybertruck may look like it’s made out of marble, a heavy material that would be very difficult to design an airbag around, but it’s not. In fact, this marble lookalike is made out of paper.
Fabricated from paper composite materials, this dashboard takes on the look of marble which features heavily in kitchens globally thanks to its resistance to heat and luxury looks, but it’s far more green than it looks. It’s completely sustainable, made from paper, wood-based fibres, natural wood pigments, and non-petroleum based resins.
Tesla isn’t the first to use this material. It’s becoming increasingly popular in homes in the place of marble, and due to it being baked at high temperatures, it’s strong and highly durable while being very cost-effective.
This is the first time such a material has been used in a mass-production motor vehicle, stressing Tesla’s want to push its environmentally friendly mission. In previous cars, Tesla has used synthetic leather to lines its dashboards, but this may change if the Cybertruck is well received. Its interior will stay 100% vegan.
One set back that we can see is how it works with airbags. We’re not sure how an airbag could push through this material like it would in a plastic or synthetic leather dashboard. Surely the airbag would splinter the material. Because of this, we can’t be certain that we’ll see this in the production version, but we’d love to see Tesla work its way around this issue.
We adore the look of the interior of the Cybertruck due to its striking angles and materials, of course, mimicking its exterior. Do you want to see it in the production version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.