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Elon Musk Floats Plans for Cybertruck ‘Boat Mode’

Elon Musk Floats Plans for Cybertruck ‘Boat Mode’

Tesla is about to get amphibious. In a recent tweet, Elon Musk announced that the cutting-edge Cybertruck will also function as a boat.

Undoubtedly, among the most astonishing claims made by Musk regarding the Cybertruck is its purported ability to function momentarily as a watercraft. Last year, the tech mogel proclaimed that the Cybertruck would “cross rivers, lakes, and even seas that aren’t too choppy.” Musk proposed an electric propeller attached to the Cybertruck’s tow hitch, along with thrust-producing wheel hubs.

Of course, “Boat Mode” didn’t make it to the production version of the Cybertruck. However, the vehicle still comes with a special water-wading feature. As the first units of the Cybertruck were delivered to consumers, electric vehicle enthusiasts quickly noticed the presence of “Wade Mode.” This innovative feature pressurizes the battery pack, enabling the Cybertruck to confidently navigate through water.

While not exactly like the promised “Boat Mode,” the introduction of “Wade Mode” is noteworthy. Elon Musk revealed on X that Tesla plans to offer a modification package for the Cybertruck, enabling it to function as a boat, navigating through at least 100 meters of water.

Concept Art Shows Elon Musk’s Cybertruck Cruising in the Ocean

Automotive designer Andras Veres even teased what the aquafied Cybertruck might look like coasting along in the ocean. The concept certainly conjures up nostalgic feelings for 80s supercars like Knight Rider‘s KITT.

Elon Musk previously mentioned that the Cybertruck’s Boat Mode demonstration would entail crossing the channel from Starbase to South Padre Island, covering a distance of approximately 1500 feet. Achieving such a remarkable feat would undoubtedly be a combination of audacity and awe-inspiring accomplishment.

The announcement comes weeks after the highly anticipated Cybertruck delivery launch that started on December 1st, 2023. For those not acquainted with the project, Tesla asserts that the Cybertruck, an electric vehicle, surpasses sports cars in speed. Depending on the model, it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a breathtaking 2.6 seconds with its tri-motor variant.

However, perhaps Musk should ensure the high-tech vehicle was snow-ready first.  Footage recently hit the web of his Cybertruck getting towed out of the snow by a Ford F-250. The clip shows the high-tech truck (hauling a Christmas tree) pulled to safety by a Ford F250. Maybe Elon should consider a ski or tank tread modification to traverse snowy hills…