Does The Tesla Cybertruck Have A Cargo Bed? (Vs Ford F-150)

by Brian Griffiths | Updated On: June 28th, 2022
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When it comes to choosing the right pick-up truck to suit your individual’s needs or that of your business, the towing capability along with the size and payload weight capacity of the bed are probably two of the most essential factors in helping to decide which pick-up truck to purchase.

The Tesla Cybertruck has a big bed just like other pick-ups, but with an impressive 3,500-pound payload capacity, which is more than the Ford F-150 Lightning. So just like other pick-up trucks, you’ll be able to stack it high with a load of cargo.

So the Tesla Cybertruck not only has a bed but in the true tradition of all things Tesla, a quite uniquely designed bed which is bound to be a manor from heaven for all those who are considering purchasing this electric pickup truck when it is finally released in 2023.

How Does The Bed On The Tesla Cybertruck Compare To Its Nearest Competitor, The Ford F-150 Lightning?

When comparing the bed of the Tesla Cybertruck with the Ford F-150 Lightning, the Ford is reported to have a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds, which is about the midway point between the range of the conventional Ford pick-ups, which go from 1,500 to approximately 5,000 pounds and will be able to tow up to 10,000 pounds. 

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Like the standard F-150, the Lighting is set to come with a 5.5-foot box that will be constructed out of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy. However, in comparison, the proposed Tri-Motor version of the Cybertruck should be able to tow up to 14,000 pounds and will have a maximum payload of 3,500 pounds. 

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The truck’s bed is planned to be similar in size to a conventional pick-up truck bed of 6.5 feet (2.0 m) long, making it slightly longer than the Ford.   

A Maximum Payload Of 3,500 Pounds Sounds Pretty Impressive, But What Does That Mean?

In short, the payload is everything the truck is carrying, including the passengers, so just because Tesla announced the payload capacity of the Cybertruck is 3,500 pounds, that doesn’t mean you can dash out and load it with 3,500 pounds of sand and cement. 

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You need to remember that the payload consists of all the total weight of what’s in the bed or, in the case of the Cybertruck in the ‘Vault’ and what’s in the cabin, which when it comes to the Cybertruck could be up to six passengers.  

Why It’s Essential To Stick To The Payload Capacity

While currently, the only on-the-road data regarding the physical performance of the Cybertruck has been limited to the various demonstrations that Elon Musk and his team have undertaken. You have to think that the engineers at Tesla know what they are doing and why they have set specific parameters in place.  

So when it comes to exceeding the maximum payload capacity, you have to remember that loading your vehicle with more weight than it is designed to carry is not only unsafe. In most places around the world, it’s probably against the law. 

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So while you might be able to get your Cybertruck to move with the additional weight that is more significant than the recommended payload capacity, you need to remember that the added weight can impact the overall performance in terms of power and acceleration. Plus, it can take a much longer distance to brake and come to a complete stop.

What Makes The Bed On The Cybertruck Different To Traditional Pick-ups?

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While the bed on the Cybertruck won’t be much more prominent in size than that of traditional pick-up trucks, it has been described by those that have seen the vehicle as one of the most remarkable features of the Cybertruck. 

Covered to improve the aerodynamic performance, the bed is an integral part of the overall cabin design, which features a motorized retractable tonneau cover that is strong enough to stand on, and like everything that comes out of Tesla, it has a really cool name – the ‘Vault.’

The 100-cubic-foot (2.8 m3) enclosed space – about the amount of space you would need to transport around 1000 household building bricks- will come with a host of features, including custom-designed LED light strips running along each side. 

Plus, additional under-floor storage space behind the rear wheels enables you to keep tools or other kits safe from sliding around and allows you to maximize the total floor space. The bed is also fitted with a w 120 and 240 VAC outlets and a compressed air outlet for pneumatic tools, making the Cybertruck the ideal off-road mobile workshop or delivery truck.

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Another couple of great features that help the Cybertruck stand out from the typical pick-up truck market is, firstly, the tailgate can be opened, and the tailgate ramp can be released (this can only happen once the vehicle has stopped). 

Then thanks to Tesla’s adaptive air suspension, you can lower the back of the truck to make it easier to wheel cargo in and out of the bed – which is bound to make the Cybertruck a firm favorite with the construction and other such industries.

What Additional Security Does The Vault Offer?

Unlike many of the traditional pick-up trucks, including the all-electric Ford F-150 Lighting, where the bed cover or tonneau comes as an optional extra and so affords you little or no protection or security, the ‘Vault’ saves you against a variety of issues, including;

Protection From The Elements

No matter where you are in the world, the weather can be unpredictable. Still, thanks to the Vaults motorized retractable bed cover, you can be confident in knowing that whatever you’re hauling, it will never again be at the mercy of natural elements.

Protection From Theft

The theft of tools or equipment is a sad but everyday occurrence for owners of pick-up trucks that are not securely covered. Still, in the case of the Cybertruck, that’s not going to be a worry. Thanks to the Vault’s unique design and storage systems, you will be able to keep your valuables totally covered and so out of sight and out of mind from possible thieves.

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The Last Word

For those pick-up truck owners who are contemplating making the switch from a traditional combustion engine pick-up to an electric truck, the strength and durability of the vehicle are crucial, especially for those shopping for a truck that’s capable of handling all manner of grueling work. 

So with that in mind, and thanks to what we have learned here about the Cybertruck’s large, unique and multi-functional bed, we think it’s more than safe to say that the Cybertruck will deliver on all fronts. 

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