Tesla Cybertruck has a rated towing capacity of 11,000 lbs. A tow hitch is one of the most used components of a pickup truck that attaches trailers and other vehicles for pulling them in various terrains and driving conditions.
The tow hitch is not visible when we see the Cybertruck’s rear end from the outside. It’s hidden behind a removable cover that is integrated into the rear bumper. It’s located in the center of the bumper under the license plate holder (the extruded angular part). Removing this cover exposes the Cybertruck tow hitch.
Ben, the owner of a Foundation Series Cybertruck, posted a video of removing the Cybertruck tow hitch cover on X (formerly Twitter). This video shows us how to remove the tow hitch cover to open the tow hitch.
The tow hitch cover of the Cybertruck is attached with 3 bumper screw clips. These clips can be opened with a flat-head screwdriver (remember to only turn them half to open/close). After opening the clips, the tow hitch cover can be easily removed and the tow hitch is uncovered (see video below).
Tesla has provided both a 4-pin flat and a 7-pin round connector with the Cybertruck tow hitch to power the trailer for lights and electrical functions.
Tesla is holding the release of the Cybertruck owner’s manual even after a month of the Delivery Event. So, there are no official specifications available for the Cybertruck tow hitch.
Tesla Model Y has a 2″ hitch receiver made of high-strength steel. However, Model Y has a towing capacity of just 3,500lbs which is around 32% of the Cybertruck’s 11,000lbs tow rating.
Active Tesla Community member and photographer Arash Malek (@MinimalDuck) took his Cybertruck for an off-roading trip (video below). On this journey, he also tested the Cybertruck for its towing capabilities.
Arash attached a 3,000lbs Brawley off-roading electric vehicle to the Cybertruck’s hitch for hauling. An experienced truck driver was put into the driving seat and he was amazed by the seamless performance of the Cybertruck even with the attached load.
“My truck has a lot of horsepower [ICE truck] and there’s no way I would accelerate like that,” the Cybertruck driver hauling the Brawley said.
There’s gonna be a lot of guys out there that love their diesel trucks and ho-hum about electric and all that and how far they can actually haul, but man, if you had a small company where you were running around with a trailer to different job sites, this thing can perform pretty dang well,Andy (an experienced diesel truck driver) via Minimal Duck / YouTube (video below).
The interesting part is that as soon as the Cybertruck started hauling the Brawley EV, the truck detected there was something attached to the tow hitch. The Cybertruck asked the driver to activate Tow Mode. According to Tesla, “Tow Mode actively monitors trailer sway and adjusts wheel braking and speed”.
Let’s watch how Tesla’s Cybertruck performed in real-life off-roading in a desert and towing a 3,000-lb trailer/vehicle.
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