Automotive giant Tesla revealed that it is adding a remarkable new trick to its delayed Cybertruck with CEO Elon Mask noting that the vehicle will “serve briefly as a boat” and is also destined for Mars in the near future.
To quash any doubts, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s electric car, which is no longer just under forty thousand dollars, “can cross rivers, lakes, and seas that aren’t too choppy.”
Needs be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island, which requires crossing the channel
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 29, 2022
The upcoming car is apparently good for land as well as aquatic picnics, a feature to excite those that have paid the pre-order fee to book one.
For those that happen to harbor interstellar dreams, prepare for a ride on Mars, too, because Musk also promises that the Cybertruck will land on the red planet in the near future.
Elon Musk’s Cybertruck, a class 2B-3, medium-duty vehicle
Per Tesla’s filing—via Electrek—before the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Cybertruck should fall in class-2B or class-3. It is a medium-duty vehicle, implying the car’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) falls anywhere between 8,500 to 10,000 pounds.
Elon Musk is betting that the Cybertruck’s waterproofing capabilities will allow it to fleetingly double as a boat.
However, we will have to wait until Musk explains the precise fluid dynamics and flotation principles that are at play in getting the Cybertruck to “serve briefly as a boat.”
Floating Cybertruck not entirely out of possibility
The ideology of a car being able to float across a river isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, though, because the aptly named Amphicar 770 in the 1960s did just that.
Rocking a pair of propellers under the rear engine, the vintage trailblazer could cruise at seventy miles per hour on land and seven miles per hour in the water. This also explains the model number.
Rivian, Tesla’s rival-in-chief automaker company, has shown on camera that its R1-series electric SUV can make it through a few feet of water. However, the EV upstart still advised driving cautiously through deeper water, and it did not use the phrase “serving briefly as a boat.”
Putting in a little work at the lap pool. 🏊🏼♀️🏊🏻
Driving video was filmed with professional drivers on a closed course designed for testing purposes. Be responsible. Drive safely. pic.twitter.com/gpcdjIAnIU
— Rivian (@Rivian) August 29, 2022
The possibility of Musk’s Cybertruck floating across a shallow lake remains to be seen when it truly becomes available for purchase.
A company named Cybercat Catamaran plans to sell an easy-to-assemble kit that turns the hulking EV into a catamaran, and it also has plans for an even more ambitious hydrofoil kit estimated to cost as much as the truck itself.