Tesla Cybertruck Spotted with Toyota Tundra Troll Wrap [VIDEO]

Tesla Cybertruck Spotted with Toyota Tundra Troll Wrap [VIDEO]

The Tesla Cybertruck is set to begin deliveries in the coming months, and several prototypes of the unique electric pickup have been spotted over the past few weeks. In the meantime, Tesla has apparently begun a fun, new mission for the Cybertruck on the side — trolling other automakers.

Above: A model of the Tesla Cybertruck (Image: Casey Murphy / EVANNEX).

A Tesla Cybertruck featuring wrap made to mimic the Toyota Tundra was spotted in recent weeks, as was posted on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum. The news comes after Tesla last year debuted a Ford F-150-wrapped Cybertruck as an answer to CEO Jim Farley who called out Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year at the F-150 Lightning presentation. Toyota’s Tundra pickup truck is a direct competitor to the upcoming Cybertruck, so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to see Tesla poking some fun at the competition.

Tesla intentionally chose to wrap the Cybertruck in the green color to troll the Toyota Tundra internal combustion engine (ICE) pickup truck. Like the previous F-150-wrapped Cybertruck, this new Tundra-wrapped unit was spotted near the Tesla Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, California.

On the prototype, Tesla pasted the front and rear light stickers of a Toyota Tundra over the Cybertruck wrap, as depicted in a short video from Joe of the Cybertruck Owners Club. The video shows the Tundra-wrapped Cybertruck from both front and rear.

Above: Tesla Cybertruck wrapped as a Toyota Tundra spotted in Palo Alto, California.

Honestly, the Cybertruck is looking pretty good in the green shade Tesla has used to wrap it like a Tundra. Social media comments by reservation holders are mostly praising the combination of this specific green with its black accents on the bumpers, windows, wheels and side mirrors.

In the above pic and the video below, the design of the wheels of this green-wrapped Cybertruck is not clearly visible. But in a later sighting by a Tesla enthusiast, the v-spoke design of the alloy wheels is clearly visible as the truck is parked. Interestingly, these new wheels also mimic the stock wheel design of the Toyota Tundra.

Above: (Video: UON News EV via YouTube).

Above: Tesla Cybertruck with Toyota Tundra wrap in green color spotted in California (wheels resemble a stock Toyota Tundra).

The competition in the pickup truck market likely isn't the only reason Tesla has taken to trolling Toyota. It also has to do with some history between the two companies together.

In the early days of the Tesla IPO, in 2010, Toyota invested $50 million dollars into the automaker. Both companies also showed a commitment to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation. However, as years passed, Toyota started pulling its investment out of Tesla, having pulled all of its shares from the the U.S.-based electric automaker by the end of 2016. This was before Tesla had begun mass production of the Model 3.

Perhaps a little trolling doesn't do any harm to Toyota, but it likely reminds them of the past — during which they could’ve multiplied their investment many times over, if they had stayed until after the success of the Tesla Model 3.

Above: A tweet about the Toyota-style, Tundra-wrapped Tesla Cybertruck spotted in San Carlos, California.


Sources: Cybertruck Owners Club / UON News EV (via YouTube) / Reuters / Nikkei

Note: An earlier version of this article was published at Tesla Oracle. Author: Iqtidar Ali.