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A Lifted-Up Diesel Chevy Silverado Truck Tried to Coal-Roll My Cybertruck, but My Tesla Cybertruck Left Him in the Dust

A modified diesel truck on the highway tried to cover a Tesla Cybertruck with a large, dark, sooty exhaust. However, the driver of the lifted-up Chevy Silverado soon discovered that his truck was no match for the Tesla Cybertruck.

Coal rolling is an objectionable act between two vehicles on public roads. If you are unfamiliar with the term, before a driver of one vehicle can successfully coal roll another vehicle, he/she must modify his/her truck.

The two primary modifications involve the truck’s combustion and gas filtration systems. The diesel truck owner adjusts the combustion system to consume more fuel than it can burn. This change is accompanied by removing the truck’s particulate filter, a device designed to prevent harmful substances from being released into the environment. These alterations enable the truck to emit a large, dark, sooty exhaust, a visible testament to the excessive pollution it is generating.

Once these modifications are in place, the diesel truck driver can create a large, dark, sooty exhaust in demand and blow this toxic chemical onto other vehicles on the road.

Anyone on the road could receive this chemical cloud; however, people partaking in coal rolling usually target hybrid and fully electric vehicles as their victims.

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Coal rolling is a form of environmental protest in which an extremely polluting diesel truck covers environmentally sustainable vehicles on the road with soot. In addition to being inane and triggering, the dark cloud has a chance to cause vehicle accidents, as coal rolling usually takes place between moving vehicles.

Tesla vehicles have been the target of coal rolling incidents all over the country, and now that Tesla has launched the Cybertruck, the all-electric truck has earned the attention of coal rollers.

A recent example of such an incident took place on a highway. A video shared on YouTube titled “My Cybertruck gets coal rolled, but he forgets it’s an EV” shows a Cybertruck approaching a lifted-up diesel Chevy Silverado truck from behind on the highway.

As the Cybertruck closes in, the diesel truck starts to spew dark, sooty exhaust in an attempt to coal roll the electric truck. However, in less than a second, the Cybertruck changes to the next lane and passes the Chevy Silverado, leaving the diesel truck in the rearview mirror.

The lifted-up diesel truck was unable to keep up with the Cybertruck, which has a hypercar level of 2.6 seconds 0 to 60 miles per hour time and sports car-like torsional rigidity.

Everything turned out well in this incident. The Cybertruck escaped unharmed, and the diesel truck driver learned about EV trucks' superior technology and performance.

Having said that, the issue could have ended up much worse. First, the diesel truck tried to coal-roll the Cybertruck at highway speeds. I don’t have to tell you the dangers of occluding a vehicle's visibility at over 70 miles per hour.

In this instance, the Cybertruck could have gotten into a crash and caused severe injuries or loss of life.

Second, although the Cybertruck driver, in this instance, decided to remove himself from the situation, he could also have gotten into an altercation, and again, I don’t have to tell you the dangers of getting into an altercation at 70 miles per hour.

Third, as you can see in the video when the Cybertruck driver decided to immediately change his lane to avoid the diesel truck, he was forced to overtake the truck on the left, which is illegal in most jurisdictions.

In addition, when the Cybertruck driver quickly turned to the right lane, another vehicle was already driving in that lane, forcing him to perform an extremely tight maneuver. This, too, could have resulted in a crash.

What can you do if you get coal rolled?

Rolling coal is illegal in the US. Any company that sells products intentionally designed to modify a diesel vehicle to emit more pollutants can be fined or forced to shut down. As a result, you can report such companies to the Environmental Protection Agency or other government organizations.

Coal rolling is also illegal at the individual level and, in most jurisdictions, is considered a misdemeanor punishable by financial penalties.

So next time a diesel truck tries to roll coal you, it’s better to report them to the authorities rather than get into an altercation that can lead to further escalation.

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If you are specifically in a Tesla vehicle, you can access the company’s high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, dubbed “Bio Weapon Defense Mode.” By activating this feature, you can remove 99.97% of particulate matter in the air.

This protects your health and permanently binds particulate matter to the filtration system, allowing you to clean up the environment more.

Overall, coal rolling is an abhorrent action that makes our highways unnecessarily dangerous, and we hope individuals who participate in this action can refrain from doing so in the future. Hopefully, governments can also better crack down on companies that sell these devices.

No one was harmed during this coal-rolling incident; however, we’ll keep you posted on its prevalence and whether Cybertruck drivers are being specially targeted. 

Until then, visit our site,, regularly for the latest updates.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised by how easily the Cybertruck was able to leave the coal-rolling diesel truck? Also, what do you think should be the punishment for people who coal roll on the highways? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below by clicking the red “Add new comment” button.

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and the evolution of the EV space daily for several years. He covers everything about Tesla, from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.


Danny S (not verified)    May 30, 2024 - 10:27AM

I find it interesting when I talk to diesel owners (I'm an ex Diesel owner), that when I tell them I've used ZERO "Arab Oil" in the last year driving the Tesla, "How much Arab Oil have you used?

- they get real quiet

Kevin Lambert (not verified)    May 31, 2024 - 4:57AM

Confiscate the coal roller. They know what they are doing and they are polluting the air dramatically and they know that it's against the law and they modify their truck anyways.

J1411 (not verified)    June 1, 2024 - 8:51PM

Both of deserve to be thrown off the road, quite frankly. Him, for being a standard climate-hating GOP psycho. And you for actively funding a man and company who is slicing apart and torturing living animals and calling it 'science'. He didn't get approval, and is 'planning human trials next' regardless, hopefully he'll choose the two of you.