The Tesla Cybertruck was originally revealed back in 2019, with a launch date slated for 2021 at that time. 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. Regardless, some additional specs regarding the Tesla Cybertruck have been revealed, and they’re superior to the Ford F-150 Lightning in two key areas, at least.
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Interestingly, a fan spotted this sign at a mall that touts the hauling and towing capabilities of the Tesla Cybertruck, which will reportedly offer a max payload of 2,500 pounds, as well as 11,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. This is notable because both figures best the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has a maximum payload of 1,932 pounds for models equipped with the extended range battery or 2,235 with the standard range. Max tow ratings for the Blue Oval EV pickup come in at 7,700 pounds for standard range models, 8,500 pounds for the Platinum trim, and 10,000 pounds for the XLT and Lariat with the extended range battery.
|Maximum Payload (pounds)
|Maximum Towing With Max Trailer Tow Package (pounds)
|10000 (XLT/Lariat) / 8,500 (Platinum)
This info adds to what is already a growing rivalry between these two EV pickups, with deliveries of the Tesla Cybertruck still reportedly on track to begin next week – even though the automaker hasn’t released any updated pricing or range information yet. Recently, a Tesla Cybertruck was spotted doing some off-road testing at the Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) in California, where it had a little bit of trouble climbing one obstacle – which the F-150 Lightning did not.
Meanwhile, Ford designer Paul Snyder recently panned the Tesla EV pickup’s design, while FoMoCo CEO Jim Farley called the Cybertruck a vehicle best suited “for Silicon Valley people.” 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.
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