By Fred Lambert, Electrek.com
5th February 2023 – (Fremont, California) A new video of the Tesla Cybertruck’s impressive 4-wheel steering at work has leaked -giving us the best look at the feature yet.
Rear-wheel steering is quickly becoming a must-have feature for electric pickup trucks coming to market.
Rear-wheel steering, or four-wheel steering, is the ability to steer the rear axle, generally to a smaller degree than the front wheel, and to create a tighter and more precise turning radius.
GMC started the dance by demonstrating “Crab Mode’ utilising rear-wheel steering on the Hummer EV.
Several other automakers have since announced rear-wheel-steering and Tesla followed by announcing that the Cybertruck will have the capacity back in 2021.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced last summer, “We’re adding rear wheel steering, so it can do tight turns and maneuver with high agility.”
Last year, we saw a quick video of the Cybertruck showcasing the feature for a second, but now we have a much better look thanks to Twitter user TokyoTesla.
They posted a much longer video of the Cybertruck more clearly featuring the 4-wheel steering capability:
In the video, we can see the rear wheels actively turning, which confirms the rear-wheel steering on the electric pickup truck.
Musk commented on the video without actually addressing the feature: Very hard car to build, as it is unlike any other, but, as stated publicly, Cybertruck production starts this year.
Tesla recently said that it aims to bring the Cybertruck to production this summer, but we shouldn’t expect significant deliveries until 2024, when the automaker will ramp up to volume production.
Four wheel steering is great but far more cool if they use steer by wire which they have said nothing about.
For people moaning about the appearance of the Cybertruck – no one is begging you to buy one.
The automaker also confirmed having built a new fleet of Cybertruck Beta prototypes. One was spotted in Palo Alto earlier this week.
It’s not clear if this new video is of a beta prototype as it appears to look closer to the alpha prototypes with the large side mirror and lack of tonneau cover.
The video also appears to have been filmed at Gigafactory Texas – possibly during the last event where the Cybertruck was featured.
Nonetheless, it’s the best look at the Cybertruck’s rear-wheel steering we have seen yet. It will be interesting to see if Tesla tries to implement new features with the capacity – like Rivian’s “tank turn” or GMC’s “crab walk”.