The Tesla Cybertruck pickup truck has a feature called “Wade Mode”, which is designed to help the vehicle drive in water and avoid damage.
It is noticed that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been insisting that the Cybertruck will be able to drive in water for the past four years. Last year, he even expressed the hope that the Cybertruck can cross small bodies of water.
While we’ve yet to see if the Cybertruck has true amphibious capabilities, Tesla has added a “wading mode” to the vehicle to help it deal with large amounts of standing water that might arise during storms.
The Cybertruck’s “wading mode” is listed as one of the vehicle’s off-road configurations, and its function is described as: “raising the height of the vehicle and pressurizing the battery when wading.”
Elon Musk said in October 2022 that for the Cybertruck to be an effective water vehicle, it would “need to have an electric propeller on the trailer hitch to go faster.” Tesla has yet to mention the propeller, nor is it featured on the recently released Cybertruck accessories page.
Given that Tesla used multiple videos to show off the Cybertruck’s acceleration and towing capabilities during its initial presentation, if the vehicle is capable of crossing water, Tesla will certainly demonstrate this in the video. Perhaps this feature is more about standing water on the road and designed to protect the vehicle and its battery pack.