Cybertruck, Tesla’s delay-loving, no-longer-under-$40,000, Bond car-truck lovechild EV is adding a remarkable new trick to its arsenal. In the meme-loving and occasionally outlandish words of company chief Elon Musk, the Cybertruck will “serve briefly as a boat.” In case you had any doubts, Musk tweeted that the electric truck “can cross rivers, lakes, and seas that aren’t too choppy.” If you’ve paid the pre-order fee to book one, it’s time to be excited, because the upcoming car is apparently good for land as well as aquatic picnics. Plus, if you happen to harbor interstellar dreams, prepare for a ride on Mars, too, because Musk also promised that the Cybertruck will land on the red planet in the near future.
Needs be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island, which requires crossing the channel
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 29, 2022
For the rest, Musk’s latest Cybertruck claim goes beyond his vaporware-quoting reputation. It’s hard to imagine a beefy vehicle like the Cybertruck floating, even for a brief spell. Per Tesla’s filing, (via Electrek) before the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB), the Cybertruck should fall in Class 2B-3, a medium-duty vehicle, which means the car’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) falls anywhere between 8,500 to 10,000 pounds. Musk is betting that the Cybertruck’s waterproofing capabilities will allow it to fleetingly double as a boat. We’ll have to wait until he explains the precise fluid dynamics and flotation principles that are at play here to practically get the Cybertruck to “serve briefly as a boat.”
Time to catch fishes, or spot a hoax.
The idea of a car being able to float across a river isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, though. In the 1960s, the aptly named Amphicar 770 did just that. Rocking a pair of propellers under the rear engine, the vintage trailblazer could cruise at 70 mph on land and 7 in the water, which also explains the model number. You can watch one in action in this video.
In the meantime, rival-in-chief Rivian 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 did not use the phrase “serving briefly as a boat.” How exactly the Cybertruck will manage to float across a shallow lake remains to be seen when it truly becomes available for purchase.
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
But just in case Musk’s latest tweet turns out to be another troll-job on his not-so-favorite-now social media platform, dreams of cruising like a king in a nearby lake while chilling inside the Cybertruck won’t be dead entirely. A company named Cybercat Catamaran plans to sell an easy-to-assemble kit that turns the hulking EV into a, well, catamaran. The company also has plans for an even more ambitious hydrofoil kit that is estimated to cost as much as the truck itself.