The Tesla Cybertruck was revealed back in 2019, with an original launch date slated for 2021. However, that year came and went, and in the meantime, one of that truck’s chief rivals – the Ford F-150 Lightning – made it to market. The Cybertruck officially entered production back in July, and though no customer models have been delivered yet, several prototypes have been spotted out testing at various locations recently – in some cases, wearing humorous wraps designed to make it look like an F-150. Recently, a Tesla Cybertruck was spotted doing some off-road testing at the Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) in California, where as we can see in this video, it had a little bit of trouble climbing one obstacle.
Tesla Cybertruck tested off-road at Hollister Hill RSVA 🏜️ pic.twitter.com/8kDsyCSWbt
— Dima Zeniuk (@DimaZeniuk) November 10, 2023
As a result, some commenters were quick to poke fun at the EV pickup, which has long been touted to offer excellent off-road capability. However, humorously enough, Ford CEO Jim Farley also posted a video of the Ford F-150 Lightning climbing up the same exact obstacle with less trouble, accompanied by the caption “F-150 Lightning does it all.”
F-150 Lightning does it all. 👍 pic.twitter.com/uCMUSxUIpj
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) November 15, 2023
This is just the latest in a long line of jabs traded between Ford and Tesla over the forthcoming competition between the F-150 Lightning and Cybertruck, the latter of which Farley previously called a vehicle best suited “for Silicon Valley people,” while former Ford designer Paul Snyder panned the Tesla EV pickup’s design recently as well. As for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, he praised the Ford F-150 Lightning following its reveal, congratulating the automaker for building an EV pickup, but later noted that he believes that same model is “just somewhat expensive” following a round of price cuts.