Musk promises that his Tesla Cybertruck will work as a ‘boat’ and cross the sea

From self-driving cars to homes on Mars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is well-known for making bold and far-fetched promises.

But his latest claim might be going too far even for his legions of devoted fans.

Yesterday Musk took to Twitter to argue that his company's long-awaited Cybertruck, a futuristic-looking van which has been plagued by delays and design issues, will double as a boat.

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In a tweet he claimed that the vehicle will be able to cross rivers, lakes, and seas thanks to extensive waterproofing, although he offered little in the way of evidence to back this up.

Musk wrote: "Cybertruck will be waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes & even seas that aren't too choppy."

He added: "Needs to be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island, which requires crossing the channel," referring to the roughly 500m stretch of water between his SpaceX rocket launch station and a nearby town.

First announced in 2019, the Cybertruck has been hit by numerous delays and is now set for production from mid-2023.

The huge Cyberpunk-style truck is said to be inspired by Blade Runner and has a distinct design which allows it to carry a dedicated 'Cyberquad' bike.

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Exactly how the 3.25 tonne truck will have the buoyancy required to float across 'seas' is unclear, but Musk seems confident that those who fork out thousands of pounds for the vehicle will happily drive it into a body of water on the basis of the tweet.

Today, Elon Musk is set to unveil Tesla's humanoid 'Optimus' robot during the company's annual 'AI Day' event, following a teaser video posted on the official Tesla Twitter account.

Musk wants the robots to one day be used in his Tesla car factories to manufacture vehicles autonomously.

He thinks that one day they'll be so commonplace that the robots will have a presence in millions of homes and help care for the elderly.


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