The Tesla Cybertruck is confirmed to have a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds
Shatter-resistant glass, a 2,500-pound payload capacity, and a composite bed have also been confirmed.
November 21, 2023 in 8:53am ET
From drone operators to die-hard enthusiasts, market analysts, and even us automotive journalists, we’ve all been drip-feeding little nuggets of Cybertruck information to its fanbase since the first test mules showed up in California and Texas. Until next week’s big delivery event, you can bet that more details may continue to emerge.
As for the latest Cybertruck update, X users have reported that at least two Tesla stores in California have it on display — at the UTC Mall in San Diego, and a Tesla store in San Jose — and these aren’t prototypes with quality defects, apparently. To be production models with no visible gaps in the panels (at least to this pair of eyes), similar to last week’s New York City show. But it’s unclear whether these are delivery units, or whether Tesla is using them to attract customers during the holiday season.
However, advertising equipment in these showrooms indicates that the electric truck will have a payload capacity of 2,500 pounds and a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds. The latter matches the leaked specifications Fast lane truck By an alleged “insider”. Although it is unclear what battery motor configuration these numbers will relate to.
More importantly, the Cybertruck appears to be better than the Ford F-150 Lightning on this front, at least on paper. The Ford can carry a maximum payload of 2,235 pounds and tow 10,000 pounds. That’s even better than the massive GMC Hummer EV Pickup, which has a maximum trailer hitch of 8,500 pounds, with a payload capacity of 1,300 pounds. The Rivian R1T matches the Tesla’s 11,000-pound towing capacity, but its payload rating is lower at 1,764 pounds.
The sign also refers to a “super-rigid” slate composite (SMC) bed. According to the US Department of Energy, large structural SMC boxes save weight while maintaining cost parity with steel beds. SMC is also claimed to be more durable, saves on tooling and assembly costs, and has excellent dent and corrosion resistance. Since the Cybertruck’s entire frame is made up of steel, this could be Tesla’s weight compensation measure. However, SMC beds are not new, as both the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra get a fiber-reinforced bed.
However, the Cybertruck’s arduous and delayed development process — filled with bulletproof testing, attempts to achieve sub-10 micron build accuracy, off-road experiments, and reinvention of manufacturing techniques — will finally culminate in a delivery event next week when delivery of 10 Units for customers.