Tesla made quite the splash with the reveal of its new all-electric pickup late last month, bringing new attention to the potential emergence of a new electrically powered truck segment. And while we’re still years away from seeing the Tesla Cybertruck actually hit the road (if it hits the road at all), specs and numbers are still rolling in. One of the latest numbers is the Cybertruck’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), which is apparently over 8,501 pounds, as indicated by its classification as a light/medium duty pickup.
For those who may be unaware, a vehicle’s GVWR is particularly important for truck owners, as it sets a weight limit on the sort of things owners can tow and load into the bed based on limits set by the suspension, brakes, tires, and the like. As such, it’s a hugely important number for those buyers looking to use their trucks for, you know, truck things.
The Tesla Cybertruck is framed as a competitor in the light duty segment, which it is. That means it’ll go up against rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, as well as the Ford F-150, as demonstrated in a recent video that shows the all-electric pickup in a tug-of-war with its Blue Oval competitor.
Criticisms over the relevance of the tug-of-war video notwithstanding, the Tesla Cybertruck apparently posts a GVWR over 8,501 pounds, as evidenced by a recent letter the automaker sent to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in which Tesla discusses the new Advanced Clean Truck rule, as tipped by Automotive News.
“While we have not yet begun production of the Cybertruck, we expect it to have a towing capacity of 7,500 – 14,000+ lbs., and it should very likely qualify as a ‘Class 2B-3’ medium-duty vehicle,” the letter reads.
The Telsa Cybertruck will also have a payload capacity of 3,500 pounds, as indicated during the debut.
To note, Class 2B light / medium-duty vehicles offer a GVWR of 8,501 to 10,000 pounds, while Class 3 vehicles offer a GVWR of 10,001 to 14,000 pounds.The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 post max GVWRs of 7,300 pounds when equipped with the Max Trailering Package towing package (RPO code NHT), with 4WD and a standard bed crew cab / double cab configuration.
Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD models post GVWRs of 11,550 pounds with the turbodiesel 6.6L L5P V8 Duramax engine, while 3500HD models post a GVWR of 14,000 with the L5P engine and dual-rear-wheel configuration.
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Source: Automotive News