Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday to share new details about the Cybertruck. Musk tweeted that the truck would be “waterproof enough” to operate “briefly” as a boat.
This isn’t the first time Musk has tweeted about the Cybertruck’s aquatic capabilities. In April 2020, Musk posted on the social media site that the truck would “be floating around for a while.” But Musk’s hydrophilic tendencies go back even further when he posted that this Model S was also able to transform into a boat for “short periods of time,” but that was something the company wouldn’t recommend anyone try. . The thrust would come from the rotation of the wheels, however.
Musk now says the Cybertruck would be able to cross rivers, lakes and seas that aren’t too rough. However, it’s unclear how to cross something as important as a sea fits with the first part of the tweet. “Watertight enough” and “serve briefly” are not words often associated with seaworthy ships. Musk followed that tweet up with another stating that the Cybertruck needs the capability to be able to cross the channel to South Padre Island in Texas.
Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in November 2019, introducing the world to the sharp-edged triangular truck with Armor glass that shattered during the reveal. The automaker rolled out an updated version of the truck earlier this year, showing off several changes and improvements. For example, Tesla made the rear window electronically retractable and moved the side cameras.
The truck was supposed to go into production at the end of 2021, but that deadline has come and gone without a truck rolling off the assembly line. Production was pushed back to late 2022, but that’s not happening. Instead, production is expected to begin in early 2023.
Trucks and SUVs capable of fording are nothing new, with the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco and others highlighting this capability. But turning a truck into a functional boat is a different task. Water and metal don’t mix and salt water is incredibly corrosive. Tesla has made some bold claims in the past, and we’ll have to see if this one comes to fruition once Cybertruck production begins.