Elon Musk says the Tesla Cybertruck will be waterproof and can be used as a boat

Tom Wood

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Elon Musk says the Tesla Cybertruck will be waterproof and can be used as a boat

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Elon Musk has claimed that the new Cybertruck will be able to double up as a boat, becoming completely waterproof to complete small journeys, including one every important for Musk himself.

Of course, whenever Elon Musk says something at the minute, we should take it with a pinch of salt.

He’s well known for trolling and having a bit of a laugh on Twitter at the expense of others, including Twitter itself, but this latest statement might actually be a genuine one.

Writing on his own account – which has been known to influence global financial markets – he said: “Cybertruck will be waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes & even seas that aren’t too choppy.”

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

There you have it.

Whilst we can’t be too sure how big a body of water it could cross if serving ‘briefly’ as a boat, that’s exciting news.

Hopefully it doesn’t have any of the technical issues that other vehicles have when they get submerged in water, at least.

Looking at the map, the distance between Musk’s SpaceX home-port Starbase and South Padre Island is not that far but would represent a significant boat journey for a non-traditional vessel.

Sitting on the south coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, it’ll be important that the vessel remains seaworthy nonetheless, as whilst it might not be that far, you’d have to imagine that there are sharks and alligators knocking around.

The Tesla Cybertruck. Credit: Uber Builder/Alamy Stock Photo
The Tesla Cybertruck. Credit: Uber Builder/Alamy Stock Photo

Anyway, this is all speculation, the Cybertruck isn’t actually even available just yet.

As it stands just now, you can pre-order your very own Cybertruck, but production of the vehicles themselves isn’t set to start until mid-2023, according to reports.

Those same reports suggest that you might be able to pick one up for cheaper than you’d imagine, with basic versions set to retail for around $40,000.

That could make it one of the best-selling vehicles around, and certainly the best-selling electric truck on the market.

OK, it ain’t up against much competition just now, but it would still be an impressive feat – particularly if it comes with an amphibious mode built in.

Let's wait and see how serious Elon is about it. Credit: JL/Alamy Stock Photo
Let's wait and see how serious Elon is about it. Credit: JL/Alamy Stock Photo

But, we’ll just have to wait and see what emerges – if you’ve forgive the completely intended pun – because Elon does like to have his little jokes from time to time.

This new feature would definitely make things a lot more interesting, though.

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Topics: Technology, US News, Tesla, Elon Musk, Cars, Weird

Tom Wood
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