Will the Most Powerful Tesla Cybertrucks Be Class 4 Trucks?

In 2019, Tesla was talking about the Tesla Cybertruck being a Class 2b-3 medium duty pickup but in 2022 Tesla has said Semi technology will be used in Cybertrucks. This could boost Tesla Cybertrucks to Class 4.

Gross vehicle weight ratings are the weight of the vehicle plus the cargo that can carried on the truck. Trucks can tow much more weight than can be loaded onto them. Tesla previously talked about a weight of 5000 to 6500 lbs for the vehicle and carrying 3500 lbs. A 5000 lbs truck that carries 5000 pounds would be at the bottom end of the Class 3. A 6500 lbs truck that carries 8000 pounds would be at the bottom end of the Class 4 trucks. The Cybertruck with Tesla Semi technology like the 1000 volt power system instead of 400 volt and the light weight plaid motors will easily fit and increase the power of the Cybertruck.

The existing diesel-powered supertrucks in Class 4 have larger and stronger flatbeds.

The Class 3 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 10001–14000 lb (4536–6350 kg).

My Video summarizing how the Tesla Semi technology will enable complete domination of the entire trucking category from pickups to Semi.

This could matter a great deal as there are substantially larger tax credits and incentives for medium trucks. New York is giving $100,000 subsidy vouchers for electric Class 4 trucks.

California also offers incentives for class 2, 3 and 4 trucks. California’s incentives are larger for class 4 trucks.

The Class 3 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 10001–14000 lb (4536–6350 kg). Examples of vehicles in this class include the Dodge Ram 3500, Ford F-350, and the GMC Sierra 3500. The Hummer H1 is another example of a single rear wheel Class 3 truck, with a GVWR of 10300 lb (4672 kg).

Ford F350

The Ford F-350 has a maximum towing capacity of 32,000 pounds, nearly doubling the Ford F-250’s maximum towing rating of 18,500 pounds.

Medium duty
Class 4

The Class 4 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 14001–16000 lb (6351–7257
kg). Examples of vehicles in this class include select Ford F-450 trucks, Dodge Ram 4500,
and the GMC 4500.

Ford F450

Class 5
The Class 5 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 16001–19500 lb (7258–8845
kg). Examples of trucks in this class include the International TerraStar, GMC 5500, Dodge Ram 5500, and the Ford F-550.

Ford F550

Class 6
The Class 6 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 19501–26000 lb (8846–
11793 kg). Examples of trucks in this class include the International Durastar, GMC Topkick
C6500. and the Ford F-650.

Ford F550

13 thoughts on “Will the Most Powerful Tesla Cybertrucks Be Class 4 Trucks?”

  1. HB11 in Australia is developing chirped lasers for fusion to provide similar power to NIF in a much smaller and cheaper format factor. Might be interesting company to watch.

    • I have spoken in person (had lunch) and on zoom calls with Dr Warren McKenzie (Managing Director) and Ellen Gorrison (General Manager) of HB11. Sergey Pikuz via Zoom call. I am trying to help them get funded and I know about all of their recent work. Some I can publish and some I cannot. I have written about them and many of the other 30 some nuclear fusion companies. They are working to prove out their lasers, target and physics with existing high power laser facilities.

  2. Perhaps the site should be renamed nextbigtesla. Last 32 articles (26 on Tesla/SpaceX/Twitter) (6 on everything else). Nuclear Fusion break-even milestone gets the announcement article plus one follow on article, Tesla Semi truck gets the announcement article plus 18 follow on articles.

    • 80%+ of the traffic and the visitors are going to the Tesla Semi articles. The Tesla Semi and its technology will result in trillions in impact before 2030. The Nuclear fusion was a proof of concept for laser fusion viability. It needs to be sped up from one pellet a week or a month to ten per second. Tens of millions of times speed up. And the energy is not breakeven for the system. It is breakeven for photons on the pellet and heat and x-rays released from the pellet reaction. Need to have 150 to 1000 times more energy gain. The National ignition facility went from 70% energy return last year to 150% this year..again from the pellet. 10-20% of the internet is talking about Elon Musk, Twitter etc….

      SpaceX is about to launch Gen 2 Starlink satellites tomorrow. Satellite to unmodified cellphones. Planning one launch per week. Going from 60 launches in 2022 to over 100 launches of the Falon 9 in 2023. What is the tens or hundreds of billion of new technology revenue breakthrough that is happening in 2023 that I am missing? In 2024? Before 2030?

      • Money making is interesting to a limit, needs to be balanced against saving or improving quality of life, this areas could be of interest:
        > 5G Advanced introduction and 6G developments
        > Mass Tech layoffs
        > Pre symptomatic disease detection – stem cells, cytosomes etc.
        > AI automating computer graphics, medical research and professions
        > Universal influenza vaccine
        > Alzheimer drugs

      • I can be considered as a Musk fan boy, but I would rather have more varied content on this site. There are enough places on the internet, including Elon’s Twitter feed, to keep up with him. This site used to have a broader focus that I loved.

    • I think it was 9 months into 2020 before there was an NBF article about something other than covid. Monoculture for months and months.

      • To be fair, this was pretty much the case for every media on the planet. It was the biggest story at the time by a long way.

    • I will be happy with Tesla (technology) and science. Folks are just hatin’ on it, because of politics. It is perfectly logical to continue talking about Tesla and SpaceX on a technology site. If people are worried about politics, they might belong elsewhere anyway.

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