While Tesla’s Cybertruck has been pushed back until “hopefully next year,” the excitement surrounding the electric pickup truck is so high that third-party accessories are already being developed.
Cybercat, a Seattle-based firm, has created an accessories package that can easily convert the Tesla Cybertruck into an all-electric high-performance amphibious catamaran. To increase speed and efficiency on the water, a hydrofoil extension option is available.
The Cybercat Catamaran will be powered by the Cybertruck’s battery pack and will have up to five 50 kW outboard motors with a total output of 335 horsepower. The Cybertruck’s adjustable riding height and the Cybercat’s folding inflatable pontoons give 12 inches of ground clearance.
For rapid takeoff, the electric outboard motors, pontoons, and hydrofoils fold down once in the water, and the wheels retract out of the water. Cybercat can carefully maneuver in shallow water or around docks, driven by the Cybertruck’s wheel revolution.
According to the company, the Cybercat will have a top speed of 22 knots (over 25 mph) and a range of 50 to 115 miles depending on cruising speed – this is based on a Cybertruck with a land range of over 500 miles.
A single person can finish the installation or breakdown in less time than it takes to launch a boat. All of the components fold or collapse into sections that can be readily packed in the Cybertruck vault, maintaining EV range while traveling.
The kit’s price, which is still being worked out, is expected to range between $22,900 and $32,900, depending on the number of outboard motors.
The Cybertruck was unveiled in 2019, and Tesla initially stated that it will be available by the end of 2021. The pickup truck has had a number of setbacks on the way to manufacturing since its inception. Elon Musk said last month that it will “ideally” hit the market in 2023 owing to supply chain issues.