Tesla Cybertruck Spotted in Gulf: Boat Mode?

Exploring the Atlantic: Testing Prototype in Ocean

A Tesla Cybertruck mock-up was observed being put to the test, in the literal sense, in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, evoking fond memories in social media users about Elon Musk’s assertions that the electric truck has some impermeable-like features.

A video shared on Reddit by u/ilyasgnnndmr depicted the groundbreaking Tesla Cybertruck veering towards an oceanside in Port Aransas, Texas. Amid the confusion of sightseers, the vehicle made its way straight into the sea – leaving behind astonished faces!

“The Tesla Cybertruck made an appearance at a beach in Miami recently,” said a witness. “It was an exciting moment for the crowd that was there, as they got to see the electric vehicle drive into the ocean.”However, despite the anticipation, the Cybertruck did not go far into the deep sea, instead staying in the shallow area where the water barely came up to its floor. After a brief “dip” in the water, the truck drove out and was seen driving away from the shore.

Whilst the average motor vehicle wouldn’t have experienced difficulty in traversing through the water, the Cybertruck did in fact face the possibility of being engulfed in damp sand. Thankfully that danger was averted as the beach had a remarkably packed sand consistency which appeared to be secure even when wet.

The intriguing element to understanding here would be why Tesla technicians operated the Cybertruck into the ocean, and that is the place where guesses start. The most plausible explanation – away from stirring up focus, normally – would be that Tesla is seeking to assess the Cybertruck’s wave movement capabilities.

But why do that in seawater? Could Tesla actually be attempting a passage over the passage between South Padre Island and southern Brazos Island – as suggested by Musk the previous year? Taking into consideration simply the geography, this is a difficult conception to accept given Port Aransas is more or less 160 miles toward the north of South Padre Island, as indicated by Google Maps’ measuring machine.

Elon Musk reminded everyone back in September 2022 that the “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 went on to say that the electric pickup “needs (to) be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island, which requires crossing the channel.”

He later tweeted, “You’d need an electric propeller mounted on the tow hitch to go faster than a few knots. There might be a creative wheel hub design that can generate meaningful thrust.” Mind you, he didn’t indicate anything about actual plans to provide such extras as options.

The fastest way across the English Channel is approximately 1,400 feet long, but under 40-foot depths of water. Can Tesla and their Cybertruck pull off such a feat and actually float in the process? It begs the question: will they even try?

At this time, these queries remain unanswered. That being said, it might be that the unveiling of the Cybertruck on November 30 will provide answers to numerous questions, for instance, related to its possesses floating capabilities. Despite this, we are yet unaware of several other pertinent information such as cost, distance traveled, powertrain features, among others.

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