ARKANSAS, Dec 20 (Future Headlines)- Elon Musk, the maverick CEO of Tesla, has once again stirred the waters of speculation by confirming plans for a “mod package” designed to transform the Cybertruck into a boat – capable of navigating at least 100 meters of water. This announcement is not the first instance of Musk’s claims regarding Tesla vehicles doubling as amphibious modes of transportation. However, the latest confirmation adds a layer of substance, particularly for the Cybertruck, which is touted as an off-road powerhouse.
Elon Musk has a penchant for making bold and unconventional statements, and his assertion that Tesla vehicles can operate as makeshift boats has been one of those eccentric proclamations. While these claims have been met with skepticism, Musk remains undeterred in his vision for Tesla’s capabilities.
Last year, Musk declared that the Cybertruck would be “waterproof enough” to function briefly as a boat, allowing it to traverse rivers, lakes, and even calm seas. The CEO even alluded to the Cybertruck potentially serving as a submarine, albeit fleetingly. Musk’s vision extends to practical applications, such as crossing bodies of water between SpaceX’s Starbase and South Padre Island in Texas, covering a distance of approximately 360 meters (1,100 feet).
As Tesla commenced deliveries of the Cybertruck last month, details about its off-road capabilities emerged. The Cybertruck features an “Off-Road Mode,” which includes a specialized “Wade Mode.” This mode pressurizes the battery pack, effectively sealing it against external elements. The intent is to enhance the Cybertruck’s water fording abilities, a crucial feature for an off-road vehicle designed to tackle challenging terrains.
Lars Moravy, Tesla’s VP of Engineering, previously made statements indicating that Cybertruck owners could attach an electric outboard motor to the vehicle’s rear to facilitate its operation as a boat. Elon Musk, in response to Moravy’s comments, reinforced the company’s commitment to this aquatic endeavor. He stated that Tesla is planning to offer a “mod package” for the Cybertruck, enabling it to navigate at least 100 meters of water. The primary modification involves upgrading the cabin door seals to enhance water resistance.
Elon Musk envisions the Cybertruck seamlessly transitioning from terra firma to water, effortlessly handling short water crossings and expanding its utility beyond typical off-road scenarios. While specifics regarding the mod package remain undisclosed, Musk’s confirmation adds a layer of credibility to Tesla’s pursuit of creating a versatile, amphibious vehicle.
The notion of converting the Cybertruck into a boat is not entirely new. After Tesla’s initial unveiling of the Cybertruck in 2019, a forward-thinking company conceptualized a kit that could transform the electric pickup truck into an electric catamaran. This innovative approach showcases the adaptability and potential versatility of the Cybertruck platform.
Tesla’s foray into aquatic applications for the Cybertruck aligns with the company’s overarching philosophy of pushing the boundaries of conventional automotive norms. Musk’s propensity for unconventional thinking and innovation has been a driving force behind Tesla’s success in the electric vehicle market. While the practicality of turning a Cybertruck into a boat for short distances may be questioned, the move reflects Tesla’s willingness to explore new horizons and redefine the expectations of what an electric vehicle can achieve.
Elon Musk’s confirmation of a mod package for the Cybertruck to function as a boat exemplifies Tesla’s determination to blur the boundaries between traditional vehicle functionalities. While skepticism remains a constant companion, the move underscores Tesla’s commitment to exploring novel applications for its electric vehicles. As the automotive industry navigates an era of transformation, marked by the rise of electric propulsion and autonomous technologies, Tesla continues to stand at the forefront, challenging norms and reshaping perceptions. The Cybertruck’s aquatic ambitions may be unconventional, but they encapsulate Tesla’s ethos of pushing the envelope and reimagining the possibilities within the electric vehicle landscape.
Reporting by Alireza Sabet; Editing by Sarah White