Cybertruck user tests out ‘Wade Mode,’ gets stuck in lake

Elon Musk has made various claims about the Tesla Cybertruck, including that it’ll one day function as a boat. One Cybertruck user in Slovakia instantly proved him wrong.

Back when Twitter was just Twitter, Elon Musk tweeted a wild claim. He predicted that the Cybertruck would be “waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes and even seas that aren’t too choppy.”


Almost two years on, we’re seeing real Cybertruck owners put this claim to the test in a hilarious display of Cybertruck supremacy.

However, despite Tesla’s ‘Wade Mode’ feature, which supposedly allows Cybertrucks to “enter and drive through bodies of water, such as rivers or creeks,” the vehicle is, in fact, not a boat.

One Cybertruck user proved this by attempting to test the ‘Wade Mode’ feature in a shallow body of water.

According to local media, the owner decided to test the three-ton vehicle in the Malé Košariská Lake, 20 minutes from Bratislava.

Videos soon surfaced on social media platforms, like Musk’s X, of the Cybertruck fail. The footage shows the struggling EV stuck on the lake’s gravel bed. Reportedly, due to the vehicle's weight, it got stuck in the gravel and couldn’t make its way out.

Although the Cybertruck owner’s manual suggests that the vehicle can drive successfully on gravel and wade through 81.5cm of water, it was unsuccessful on this occasion.

The video shows the specific branding of, a Czech company that rents Cybertrucks for marketing purposes. It’s possible that this vehicle wasn’t owned by one individual but leased to showcase electric vehicle’s (EV) “capabilities.”

As this lake is a popular spot for swimmers, the general public managed to free the vehicle from the shallow water.

Image by The Slovak Spectator

Stories of Cybertruck tests gone wrong have surfaced across social media, demonstrating that the EV isn’t all it's cracked up to be.

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Other users have gone to extremes to test the durability of the so-called post-apocalyptic pickup trucks. Cybertruck owners have been seen beating, bruising, and abusing their vehicles to test how sturdy they are.