Back in 2020, Elon Musk promised that the Tesla Cybertruck would “float for a while” — lengthy sufficient to “serve briefly as a boat.” Now, it appears, Tesla is testing that functionality within the smallest methods attainable.
Video posted to TikTok earlier this week reveals a Tesla Cybertruck skimming its method alongside a seashore in Texas, alongside the Gulf of Mexico. The truck, to incredulous commentary from the digicam operator, drives its method proper all the way down to the water earlier than turning again as much as the sand.
The TikToker says the video was shot in Port Aransas, Texas, slightly below 4 hours from Tesla’s Giga Texas manufacturing unit. Given that Tesla received’t be delivering the primary Cybertrucks till the tip of the month, this specific truck is probably going present process some late-stage testing.
Now, I’m no big-city car engineer, however it appears to be the order of occasions would go one thing like this: Step one, develop the product. Step two, check it to make sure it lives as much as design specs. Step three, brag about its capabilities on Twitter. Step 4, begin promoting.
Tesla seems to have taken the uncommon 4-3-1-2 order right here, leaving “testing the product” to the very finish. Of course, that is seemingly not the first check of the truck’s water-fording capabilities, however it’s an odd factor to see simply over per week earlier than deliveries begin. What’s the aim right here? Are they testing salt corrosion, water intrusion, or did some Tesla staff merely determine they wished to go for a day on the seashore?
The Cybertruck is rarely proven floating, which usually stands as a qualifier for “serving as a boat,” however it will possibly seemingly ford extra water than my 1993 Miata might. Well, that’s one factor it’s acquired.