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Tesla Gives a Preview of the Cybertruck’s “Boat Mode” Following Musk’s Claim the Truck Can “Cross Rivers, Lakes, & Even Sea”

Elon Musk has said the “Cybertruck will be waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes & even seas.” And now a new video gives a glimpse of the Cybertruck’s “boat mode” as it shows the truck driving in the Gulf of Mexico.


According to Tesla, the EV maker has designed the Cybertruck to be the “toughest truck in the world.” The Cybertruck has a lot of features that make it a leader in the durability front.

Some of the new durability features officially confirmed by Tesla just yesterday include, an ultra-hard SMC pickup bed, and on-road and off-road driving modes.

Tesla has also confirmed that the Cybertruck’s 30X cold-rolled stainless steel exoskeleton and shatter-resistant glass have also made it to production.

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Tesla has been doing several demonstrations to show off the Cybertruck’s capabilities. Tesla took 2 release candidate Cybertrucks both decked out with SpaceX Starlink mobile receivers on a 1280-mile off-road journey across the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.

Tesla has also taken Cybertruck prototypes into icy conditions where the vehicle was spotted utilizing its rear-wheel steering to do a standing 180-degree turn, drift in reverse, and do other cool tricks.

This is in addition to a challenging off-road test where the Cybertruck was pitted against a Rivian R1T and a Ford F-150 Lightning.

We’ve also seen Cybertruck’s hot weather testing in the Mojave desert heat and showing off the new steer-by-wire variable dynamic steering ratio in tight parking spots. All this is in addition to a new Cybertruck comparison video Tesla was spotted shooting pitting the truck against a Porche 911.

All this testing has been wonderful to see however, what a new Cybertruck was spotted doing yesterday might be the most exciting Cybertruck demonstration so far.

To be perfectly clear, this new demonstration was just a tease however, if this ends up being a small glimpse of what’s to come, then it’ll blow all previous Cybertruck demonstrations out of the water.

A Cybertruck prototype has been spotted in Texas on a beach. The vehicle then proceeds to intentionally go into the ocean and drive briefly.

This on its own will not be a big deal however, Elon Musk in the past has said that “the Cybertruck will be waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes, and even sees that aren't too choppy.”

Musk then added the Cybertruck “Needs to be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island which requires crossing the channel.”

For context, this channel is a quarter mile long and has a water depth of over 10 feet, which means, the Cybertruck will not be driving on the sea bed but rather will be floating like a proper boat and will utilize its wheels for thrust to make it across the channel.

So going back to the recent Cybertruck sighting, the vehicle did not go deep enough into the sea to be able to float, however, if Tesla engineers are purposely driving the Cybertruck into the sea, it suggests that the EV make is planning to show some type of demonstration where the Cybertruck is seen functioning as a boat.

Currently, we’ve yet to see the Cbyertruck’s “boat mode” properly in action however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the Tesla shows off more and more of the Cybertruck’s capabilities. Until then, make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

So what do you think? Excited to see the Cybertruck being driven in the ocean? What other advantages do you think the Cybertruck will have over gas trucks which for obvious reasons can’t be driven in deep water? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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For more information check out: Tesla Confirms Cybertruck Specs - “SMC Bed, 2500lbs & 11,000lbs Payload & Towing Capacity, Shatter Resistant Glass, & Off-Road Mode”

Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis 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.


Jorge Martinez (not verified)    November 25, 2023 - 8:18PM

So if it doesn’t electrocute the occupants and the surrounding sea life around it. How much mobility can the tires provide just seems more of a gimmick than an actual real boat mode. I mean it should be equipped with a bilge pump to extend the float time. And then I wonder how all of those electronics going to deal with salt water just curious