Elon Musk Says The Cybertruck Will Be Able To Float For A While
He further added that the Cybertruck will feature a heat pump like the Model Yby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Cybertruck news just can’t stop coming in. Yesterday we heard about the truck receiving a few structural changes, and now Musk says it will be able to float. Yep, you read it right; this news is fresh off the boat.
When asked by a Twitter user about the Cybertruck’s wading depth, Musk said it will even be able to float for a while. Now, this seems a little improbable given the nature of the vehicle, but the man has made similar claims before for the Model S as well.
This Tank-Like Thing Can Also Work As A Boat
The news ‘floated’ by when a user tweeted Musk asking “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?” Instead of giving the wading depth figure, Musk instead dropped a bomb and said “Yes. It will even float for a while.”
Electric vehicles are better suited for wading waters, but for a truck that’s built using cold-rolled steel, this is rather surprising.
To think of it, the Cybertruck doesn’t have any ‘air dams’, per se, around the body. So, this boxy truck should be able to serve as a part-time amphibious vehicle. The solid skid plate under the front bumper should further help the cause. Perhaps even the unique exoskeleton of the truck has something to do with it.
Does Its Unibody Exoskeleton Help With Staying Afloat?
In conventional trucks, the chassis carries all the forces of the body. Even the latest breed of EV pickup trucks from Rivian, Bollinger, and Atlis feature a steel chassis. However, that’s not the case with the Cybertruck.
The Tesla truck features a unibody layout, also known as an exoskeleton, wherein all the stress is moved from the frame to the outer skin of the vehicle.
On the floor, Tesla has made use of plates that cover the battery container, and these offer the diagonal strength at the bottom of the truck.
To add further rigidity to the floor, vertical separators are placed within the batteries pack that run front to back and sideways. This design element could have something to do with the heavy truck being able to float in water.
These Capabilities ‘Float’ In The Genes
Back in 2016, Elon Musk said that even the Model S could show its amphibious side for a short period, although it isn’t recommended.
These enhanced wading capabilities of EVs make a strong case for themselves against internal combustion engine vehicles and will appeal to folks who have to cross streams often. Also, they up the ante when it comes to off-roading potential.
The Cybertruck Will Also Come With A Heat Pump
Some light was thrown on the truck’s heating system efficiency as well. A user went on to ask whether the Cybertruck will get a heat pump like the Model Y? To that, Musk responded with “yeah, and whole lot more! Aargh, I’m dying to make Cybertruck like yesterday!!”
Musk’s excitement aside, the news about the heat pump in the Cybertruck is big. It will certainly increase the truck’s efficiency as compared to the Electric Resistance Heating System used it the Model 3, Model S, and Model X.
Why Not Make Use Of Solar Panels?
However, there is another efficient way to go about it. Musk had earlier announced that the Cybertruck could feature solar panels. He had said that the reflective tonneau cover on the Cybertruck will comprise of solar panels and they will aid to the truck’s range, generating enough energy for about 15 miles of added range per day. Now, we are not sure of the exact technicalities of the truck, but in the Model S, the front junction box powers the cabin heater, air conditioner compressor, and battery heater.
If the solar roof can power the cabin’s heater and AC, the truck will be even more efficient. The upcoming Triton Model H draws power for its cabin HVAC needs from the solar panels on the glass roof. Maybe we can see a similar setup in the Cybertruck as well. Not to mention, the Cybertruck could also receive fold-out solar wings that will further boost efficiency.
We will wait to hear more about how the truck can float. Generally, EVs don’t have the risk of hydro-locking. You don’t need snorkels here. On a side note, the world is filled with idiots and they will make non-functional snorkels for electric trucks and SUVs in the future. Anyway, the risk in EVs will be if the water enters the cabin and causes damage to all the electronics. If this is sealed well, the wading depths can be a lot more impressive than for internal combustion vehicles.
As for the heat pump, I think Tesla should think beyond it. The Cybertruck has been full of surprises so far and the company equipping it with the heat pump is a safe way out. It is tried and tested and is a success in the Model Y. The Triton Model H is going to use solar panels to take care of the heating duties and Tesla also has plans to offer solar panels on the Cybertruck as an option. Connect the dots here and you have an alternate solution to the heat pump. Whether it’s feasible or not, we’ll leave that to the Tesla engineers.
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