A Look at Cybertruck’s Wade Mode and Its Capabilities; ‘Boat Mode’ Coming Says Musk

By Kevin Armstrong
Cybertruck comes with a new Wade Mode
Cybertruck comes with a new Wade Mode

The genesis of the Cybertruck's fun in the water can be traced back to Elon Musk's fascination with a piece of cinematic history. Musk purchased the Lotus Esprit from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me," famously known for its ability to transform into a submarine. Although the real car lacked these fantastical capabilities, this purchase sowed the seeds for developing the Cybertruck's ability to handle water crossings.

Boat Mode

Lars Moravy, Tesla's VP of Vehicle Engineering, was showing off the Cybertruck during a segment on Jay Leno's Garage. He described the vehicle as nearly floating and suggested the possibility of attaching an outboard motor to the power outlet, turning the Cybertruck into a makeshift boat. Moravy's remarks prompted a response from the boss.

Elon Musk announced on X that there was an upcoming modification package for the Cybertruck. This "Boat Mode" will enable the vehicle to travel over 100 meters of water. Musk said the modification focuses mainly on improving the door seals in the cabin to improve water penetration.

Wade Mode

While Cybertruck learns to swim in the deeper water, it sticks to Wade Mode. Wade Mode, a unique engineering achievement, causes the Cybertruck to raise its air suspension to the highest point and then utilizes the air suspension compressor to pressurize the 123 kWh battery pack. This pressurization counteracts external water pressure, preventing water ingress. A screen message in Wade Mode instructs users:

"Raises ride height and pressurizes battery when driving through water. Water levels should not exceed the top of the bumper... Proceed at your own risk."

“May take up to 10 minutes to activate and has a time limit of 30 minutes, at which point it will automatically deactivate.”

This disclaimer indicates the system's ability to handle water up to 2 feet and 7 inches deep (about 79 cm).

Moravy explained to Leno, “We have new technology. We call it the scuba pack. we took the air suspension system to actually pressurize the battery. you know water and batteries don't really get along. that happens with the push of a button, forcing air into the pack. It is a sealed pack to keep the water out. It is just some positive pressure to keep any of those leak points or flood points.”

We call it the scuba pack

Competition, What Competition?

In the realm of electric pickups, this feature sets the Cybertruck apart. While other vehicles, like the Rivian R1T, offer substantial water-wading capabilities, they rely on conventional sealing techniques. Tesla's approach to dynamically alter the battery's internal environment is a novel solution that could redefine standards in EV design, particularly for off-road and all-terrain vehicles.

The Tesla Cybertruck's Wade Mode and eventual Boat Mode continue to exemplify Elon Musk's visionary ideas and a significant leap in electric vehicle design and capabilities. By actively altering the battery's internal environment to counter external conditions, Tesla sets new standards for what electric vehicles can achieve, particularly in off-road and challenging environments. This innovative approach could influence future designs in the EV space, paving the way for more versatile and resilient electric vehicles.

New Model 3 Performance, Racing-Inspired Seats Revealed, a Glimpse of the Front Splitter

By Kevin Armstrong
X/Nic Cruz Patane
X/Nic Cruz Patane

Tesla's reintroduction of the Model 3 Performance continues to inch closer, and just like the refreshed Model 3 and the Cybertruck, every peek gives us some more hints and builds more excitement. A recent observation of a partially covered Tesla Model 3 Performance prototype revealed the new Sport seats designed for improved comfort.

Posted on X by Nic Cruz Patane, the upgraded Model 3 Performance was sighted in Santa Monica, where the vehicle's engineering prototype displayed minimal window tinting, offering a sneak peek at the vehicle's improved seating. The Sport seats, resembling dedicated racing bucket seats, significantly depart from the current Model 3 seating options.

Sport Seats Coming to Other Models?

Tesla's initiative to incorporate Sport seats into the Model 3 Performance hints at broader plans to equip its high-performance models, including the Model S Plaid, Model X Plaid, and Model Y Performance, with similar seating options. This move will elevate the driving experience across Tesla's performance vehicle range.

These seats were also spotted a few weeks ago by enthusiast Fidel Grandez. Initially thought to be designated for the Model S Plaid, these Sport seats have found their rightful place in the Model 3 Performance, aligning with Tesla's vision for a performance-focused yet more affordable electric sedan.

New Wheels and Front Lip

In addition to the seats, the Model 3 Performance is rumored to showcase a suite of enhancements. Another angle gives a little bit of an outline of the new front lower splitter. Other aesthetic and functional upgrades include "Warp" 20-inch wheels, advanced braking systems, and revised suspension components.

Tesla has been testing the Model 3 Performance prototypes for a few months, signaling that initial production could be underway in North America. This step is crucial as Tesla aims to reintroduce the Performance trim to the market, having temporarily removed it from their lineup. The reintroduction is timely, considering the evolving landscape of EV incentives in the United States. While the official launch date remains under wraps, anticipation builds for the Model 3 Performance's debut, expected in the first half of 2024.

Cool Carpool Mom: How Kim Kardashian's Cybertruck Ride Benefits Tesla

By Kevin Armstrong
Instagram/Kim Kardashian
Instagram/Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian showcased her Cybertruck with the caption "cool carpool mom" to her 364 million followers on Instagram. The A-list celebrity and billionaire is well known for her knack for staying at the forefront of trends, making this one image a powerful endorsement for Tesla. The picture of one of the most influential celebrities of our time picking the Cybertruck as her distinctive vehicle speaks volumes about the brand's penetration into popular culture and its appeal to a broad demographic, including those who value style, innovation, and sustainability.

The Power of Celebrity Influence

Kim Kardashian's influence cannot be overstated. Her every move is watched and often emulated by fans around the globe. Her journey from reality TV star to billionaire entrepreneur has been marked by a series of successful ventures in fashion, beauty, and technology investments, making her a model of modern business acumen. Kardashian's ability to turn personal endorsements into significant trends is unparalleled, making her engagement with Tesla's Cybertruck a notable moment for the company.

Kardashian's influence extends far beyond mere product endorsement. Her strategic use of social media to connect with her audience has transformed how brands interact with consumers. She creates a personal connection that can sway consumer behavior by sharing her life, interests, and choices, including her vehicle preferences. Her endorsement of the Cybertruck can significantly enhance Tesla's brand visibility and desirability, particularly among consumers who may not have previously considered an electric vehicle.

Kardashian has recently joined the exclusive circle of celebrities seen driving the Cybertruck, a group that boasts names like Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Jay Leno, and not to forget Elon Musk himself (who, aside from being Tesla's CEO, commands a staggering following of over 370 million on X). Each of these stars wields significant influence, captivating audiences that range from thousands to millions globally.

Sustainability Meets Style

Moreover, Kardashian's endorsement comes at a time when the importance of sustainable living and eco-friendly choices is increasingly recognized. Her choice of an electric vehicle over traditional gasoline-powered cars sends a strong message about the importance of environmental responsibility, aligning with Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. This alignment boosts Tesla's brand and promotes a broader cultural shift towards sustainability.

In the context of celebrity endorsements, Kim Kardashian's showcase of the Tesla Cybertruck is a masterstroke. It merges the worlds of entertainment, technology, and sustainability, highlighting the evolving nature of brand-consumer relationships in the digital age. Tesla's innovative approach to vehicle design and its commitment to sustainability is amplified by Kardashian's endorsement, illustrating the power of celebrity influence in shaping consumer preferences and driving societal trends.

Ultimately, Kardashian driving a Cybertruck and branding herself as a "cool carpool mom" is a significant endorsement for Tesla, enhancing the brand's visibility, appeal, and alignment with sustainable values. In an era where brand success is increasingly tied to social influence and cultural relevance, Tesla's association with Kardashian can only be seen as a positive development, driving the brand further into the mainstream consciousness and reinforcing its position as a leader in the shift towards a more sustainable future.

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