The all-electric pickup segment is rapidly expanding, with several newcomers joining the fray with all kinds of wild claims. The latest in that respect is the Tesla Cybertruck, which will apparently dish out a tow rating of 11,000 pounds and a payload of 2,500 pounds. Critically, both these figures best the Chevy Silverado EV and Ford F-150 Lightning.
As one might expect, these new Tesla Cybertruck specs were not provided directly from Tesla. Rather, the figures were pulled from a sign at a Tesla store in California, then published to social media.
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In the sign, we see a number of interesting claims. Among these is that the Tesla Cybertruck will feature “shatter-resistant glass,” “adaptive air suspension with on-road and off-road modes,” and an “ultra-hard stainless steel exosekelton [sic].”
Critically, the sign also claims that the upcoming all-electric pickup will boast “11,000 lbs of towing power” and an “ultra-tough SMC bed, up to 2,500 lb payload.” The “SMC” bit likely refers to sheet moulding compound or sheet moulding composite, a reinforced composite material.
Typos notwithstanding, the 11,000-pound towing figure and 2,500-pound payload figure are particularly noteworthy, as both numbers best figures from the Chevy Silverado EV and Ford F-150 Lightning. For reference, the Chevy Silverado EV offers up 10,000 pounds of towing and a max payload of 1,400 pounds, while the Ford F-150 Lightning offers up 10,000 pounds of towing and a max payload of 2,200 pounds. We should also mention the Ram 1500 REV, which offers up a max tow rating of 14,000 pounds and a may payload of 2,700 pounds.
Even so, Tesla continues to claim that the Cybertruck will boast a max tow rating of 14,000 pounds and a max payload capacity of 3,500 pounds on its website, so clearly, there’s some sort of disconnect going on here. Either way, Cybertruck deliveries are expected to start soon, so stay tuned.