Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Cybertruck is poised to go head to head against Ford Motor’s (NYSE:F) F-150 pickup truck in an “apples to apples” challenge. The anticipated challenge could come as early as next week, days after Tesla unveiled its futuristic electric pickup truck.
Tesla challenges Ford to a pickup truck tug-of-war
Last week, during a promotional event for the Cybertruck, Tesla showcased a video of the truck engaging the F-150 in a tug of war. This was in an effort to prove that the futuristic truck is more powerful than the most popular truck in the US. The promotional video shows the Cybertruck effortless pulling the F-150 truck.
It now seems like Ford is accepting the tug of war challenge. In a tweet Sundeep Madra the VP of Ford X and the company’s mobility venture lab indicated that they were ready to do the “apples for apples” test for Musk. Musk replied to the tweet and told Sundeep to bring it on.
A Ford representative indicated that the company is committed to offering truck customers the best regardless of what competitors say or do. The company also has its plans with its own electric truck fleet. At the beginning of this year, the company showcased its electric F-150 truck. They showed it towing a million-pound load of cars for around 1,000 feet. Ford’s electric F-150 truck can pull a load of up to 13,200 pounds.
Tesla test demonstration criticized
However, according to critics of the demonstration Tesla presented was not favorable to the F-150. One of the critics who doubted the legitimacy of the test was astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson stated that the test did not demonstrate the truck’s engine power. He challenged Musk to fully load ford’s pickup truck to give it the highest traction to the rear wheels and try pulling it uphill.
Musk has indicated that the challenge could happen as early as next week and it will be live on the webcast. Although the demonstration of the might of the Cybertruck failed Tesla has indicated that it has received around 200,000 orders for the truck.