It may be as early as 2021 that we happen to see Tesla release its highly anticipated Cybertruck however several sites have already floated the idea that the latest model will be a perfect suit for military and police use.
And this isn’t too far-fetched as the United States military is looking forward to adopting electric vehicles (EVs) to its equipment acquisition. In a report on website Electrek, Lt. General Eric Wesley, US Army Futures and Concepts Center head, has been reportedly documented working on a white paper recommending the army’s adaptation of EVs as it plans to eventually switch from internal combustion vehicles.
In a report on Breaking Defense, Wesley was quoted saying that “The entire automotive industry is migrating towards this idea of electrification.” Adding that the US military is already running late to the need.
He also cited the advantages of going EV on the same report detailing, “Electric motors can even help frontline forces sneak up on the enemy. They run much quieter and cooler than internal combustion engines, making it much harder to hear electric vehicles approaching or spot them on infrared,”
Wesley also shared on possible ideas on how to power these future military EVs – hinting a combination of mobile nuclear power and capacitors equipped on the vehicle.
And how does Tesla come in the picture?
The lieutenant general has mentioned the company as a future supplier for the military as he discusses how it would be possible for the military to secure the much needed EVs.
With its launch late 2019, Elon Musk touted the Cybertruck as something that is ‘completely adaptable for your needs’. The company even shared its own rendition on the Cybertruck dubbed ‘Cybercamper’ wherein it featured a pull-out kitchen and pop-top roof – an homage to hyped features of campervans.
However, the standout feature of the model, besides its quiet and efficient maneuvering which is perfect for stealth operations, which slates it to possible future military use is its sturdy and seemingly impenetrable exterior.
The vehicle’s stainless-steel shell, according to Tesla, is able to mitigate dents, damage, and corrosion – perfect characteristics for vehicles that are built to endure the rough activities military units undergo.
Its high mileage rate is also a lucrative feature that military personnel can take into serious consideration as soon as they start with their transition to EVs for batteries have been more efficient as time passes by. And with the company seeking to improve on its battery technology, it is exciting to look out for future collaboration of the military and the automaker.
Meanwhile, other government units and police forces overseas have already shared their intent in using the Cybertruck.
One prime example is the Dubai police force. Known for its extravagant patrol cars, it has shared its intent in including the car in its elite lineup.
Also, the Mexico City has shared its interest in the Cybertruck, with the local mayor reserving at least 15 for his locality using his own money.
Due to start manufacturing in 2021, Tesla enthusiasts all over the globe have embraced the newest model and even shared their own renderings of the model – from combat vehicle to coastguard apparatus.
We’re yet to officially hear back if the military would push through with Tesla but we’ll keep you on the know here.