Tesla Scraps Controversial Resale Clause for Cybertruck Amid Public Backlash

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Tesla Scraps Controversial Resale Clause for Cybertruck Amid Public Backlash
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Tesla silently retracted a controversial no-resale clause, which would have allowed the company to impose fines on Cybertruck buyers if they resold the vehicle within the first year.

Over the weekend, Tesla faced criticism after the contractual clause for the upcoming electric pickup truck became public. The fine was slated to be $50,000.

Various forums criticized Tesla for going too far in dictating what owners could do with their vehicles after purchase. Shortly after, Tesla removed the “For Cybertruck Only” section without explanation from the online purchase agreement.

The reason behind Tesla’s reversal remains unknown

It’s unclear whether the anti-resale clause was removed directly in response to public criticism or if Tesla had a change of heart for other reasons. The company, which lacks a public relations department, did not comment on the policy update.

Automakers like Ford and Ferrari have previously introduced similar resale prohibition clauses for extremely limited vehicles in the United States. However, applying this to a mass-market model like the Cybertruck, of which 125,000 units are planned to be built in the first full year, was unusual.

Tesla plans to offer the Cybertruck starting at the end of November. The prices for the vehicle are expected to be announced then.

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