Instead, according to documents Tesla filed with the California Air Resources Board, "[the Cybertruck] should very likely qualify as a 'Class 2B-3 medium-duty vehicle." Automotive News first reported on the documents Tesla filed on Dec. 9 in the state. Noting a potential medium-duty classification, that would make the Ford F-250, and the Ram 2500 its proper comparable set -- not a light-duty F-150, or .
All of the trucks named are far more capable than their light-duty brethren, and as the original report points out, it provides fresh speculation around the Cybertruck vs. F-150 that's been put under the internet's microscope. Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sarah Van Cleve, Tesla's senior managing policy advisor, is the individual quoted in the documents filed with CARB, and she adds the company expects the Cybertruck to tow "7,500-14,000-plus pounds." Noting this classification covers pickups with a gross vehicle rating of 8,501 to 10,000 pounds, it also provides insight into how much a production Cybertruck may weigh.
If the Cybertruck receives a medium-duty classification, its specs quickly trail that of an F-250. Tesla's estimates of 7,500 to 14,000 pounds of towing capability (the latter figure presumably for more powerful models) place it 5,500 pounds shy of a gasoline-powered F-250. The diesel-powered model will pull 8,800 more pounds.
Max towing ratings are sometimes glorified spitting contests, though. And there's always the argument to make that Tesla's figures come from a zero-emissions pickup.