Elon Musk gets kicks from leaking all-electric tricks
Elon Musk can't wait to bring his new electric pickup into production, according to Electrek. For a while, he's cautiously boasted about the futuristic capabilities of Tesla vehicles to float, or even "act as a boat" for a few moments, as a treat.
Years ago, Electrek posted about a Tesla Model S driving (or swimming) through flooded tunnels. Musk then replied:
We *def* don't recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2016
"We [definitely] don't [recommend] this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation," tweeted Musk.
He spoke about the large, hermetically-sealed battery pack on the bottom of the electric car, which helps it remain buoyant for a while.
Of course, it's not recommended, but it helped build public confidence that electric vehicles were a robust product.
Musk says Cybertruck can have a little float, as a treat
Last night, Musk was asked if the Cybertruck could cross streams of water:
Have you thought about CT's wading depth? I hunt and fish and sometimes need to cross streams. Can I do it without damaging the truck?— batflyer (@batflyer) April 20, 2020
"Have you thought about [Cybertruck]'s wading depth? I hunt and fish and sometimes need to cross streams. Can I do it without damaging the truck?"
The Tesla CEO replied:
Yes. It will even float for a while.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2020
"Yes. It will even float for a while," Musk tweeted.
Lately, Musk has built up Cybertruck's reputation as one of the most capable on- and off-road forthcoming trucks the entire industry has in store.
The company is currently "scouting locations" to build the "Cybertruck Gigafactory" in central U.S., but as Musk and Tesla move closer to Cybertruck's 2021 production, we shouldn't be surprised if this list of tricks goes on, and on.