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Tesla Expects The Cybertruck To Be Rated As Medium-Duty

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We all sat back and watched as Tesla CEO Elon Musk hooked his prototype Cybertruck up to the back end of a Ford F-150 2WD and proceeded to drag the truck up the hill. The internet called BS on Elon’s test, and even a famous scientist got in on the action. We’ve also seen a couple of rather annoying guys pit a Tesla Model X against an F-250 diesel, and the Ford came out on top in two of the three tries.

As it turns out, that test of the Model X and Super Duty truck was the most accurate test of all. Tesla sent a letter to the California Air and Resources Board (CARB), and in that letter, Tesla admits that it expects the Cybertruck to qualify as a medium-duty pickup. That means that Musk should have been trying to tow a Ford Super Duty truck up the hill.

Telsa wrote in the letter that it expected the Cybertruck to have a towing capacity of 7,500 to 14,000 pounds and “should very likely” qualify as a “Class 2B-3 medium-duty vehicle.” That has led to much speculation as to why, while knowing that the Cybertruck will likely be rated as a medium-duty vehicle, does Musk insist on comparing the Cybertruck to the F-150. The presumed answer to that is that Musk knows the key truck metrics that buyers look for in a medium-duty truck, like payload and towing, can’t compare to the Ford F-250.

The Ford F-250 gas-powered truck offers a maximum payload of 4,260 pounds and maximum towing of 19,500 pounds. The diesel version has a max payload of 3,940 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 22,800 pounds. The Cybertruck is promised to get a payload rating of up to 3,500 pounds and a towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds. Both versions of the Ford F-250 beat the Tesla Cybertruck. Musks continued comparisons to an F-150 when he undoubtedly knows about vehicle classifications is nothing but a marketing stunt.

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Source: Seeking Alpha

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. That Cybertruck is a bad experiment in a field that Ford has dominion worldwide. And in the U.S. no trucker will let go of their Ford, Chevy, or Ram truck for this experiment. When the electric F-150 comes out for 2021 as a MY 2022, then Ford will beat all the other electrics, and keep its dominion for gasoline, Diesel, and electric trucks.

  2. When Ford begins selling the electric F-150, then they should set up another tug test against the Tesla Cybertruck under ideal conditions (tires, wheels, and weight). I place my bet on Ford, since its prototype pulled 1.2 million pounds. The EV F-150 could pull ten Cybertrucks at the same time! After the loss, Elon Musk has to surrender and kiss Bill Ford’s feet!

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