Tesla classifies just what kind of truck is the Cybertruck

 mercurynews.com  12/13/2019 16:13:04   Rex Crum


So, just what kind of truck is Tesla’s Cybertruck, anyway?

Anyone who has seen an image of the Cybertruck, or witnessed it out and about on the streets of Los Angeles, would recognize the vehicle as it does stand out unlike any other ride. But, it certainly doesn’t look like any typical truck.

However, Tesla has said just what kind of truck it is. In a letter it has filed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Tesla says the Cybertruck should be classified as a “Class 2B-3 medium-duty vehicle.”

So, what does that mean?

Trucks, like all vehicles, are classified by weight limits, or how much they weigh. Class 2B trucks have a weight limit range of 8,501 pounds to 10,000 pounds. Trucks that are on the road right now, and fall into the 2B class, include the Ford F-250, the Dodge Ram 2500, the Nissan Titan XD and the GMC Sierra 2500. While these aren’t the biggest trucks someone can drive off an auto dealer’s lot, these are still big rides, and would take up a lot of road, and parking space.

So, that’s the size of truck someone might want to use to compare to the Cybertruck.

“While we have not yet begun production of the Cybertruck, we expect it to have a towing capacity of 7,500-14,000+ lbs., and it should very likely qualify as a Class 2B-3 medium-duty vehicle,” said Sarah Van Cleve, Tesla’s senior managing policy adviser, in the letter sent to CARB.

Van Cleve also said Tesla has “already received more than 250,000 orders for the Cybertruck,” thus validating the numbers that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted out in the days following the Cybertruck’s Nov. 21 debut.

Tesla also told CARB that it supports stronger rules around CARB’s Advanced Clean Truck rule that is meant to speed up deployment of zero-emission, medium-and heavy-duty vehicles. CARB has proposed excluding such trucks from the clean truck rule until 2027.

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