Owners of Tesla's Cybertruck are exploring the practicalities of daily use, with one resident in Austin, Texas, putting the electric pickup's towing capabilities to the test. The Cybertruck, with a towing capacity of up to 11,000 pounds, rivals its gas-powered counterparts, albeit with considerations for range limitations and charging infrastructure.
In a recent experiment, a Tesla owner named Ben towed a Tesla Model Y on a UHaul trailer, totaling around 6,600 pounds, from a gas station north of Austin to a Tesla Supercharger station approximately 55 miles away. Notably, the Cybertruck automatically adjusted its range estimate upon detecting the trailer, highlighting the impact on battery usage.
During the journey, Ben observed a significant increase in noise levels with the trailer attached. The Cybertruck consumed 37 kWh of the battery, nearly one-third of its 123 kWh capacity. This suggests a potential range of approximately 165 miles with the Model Y in tow before requiring a recharge.
However, a challenge arose when attempting to recharge the Cybertruck. With no pull-through charging stations available, the owner faced the choice of either removing the trailer and parking conventionally or blocking multiple spaces while charging. Both options presented inconveniences.
Surprisingly, the range estimation accuracy during the trip was noteworthy. Despite initial concerns about over-promising range estimates, the Cybertruck's system consistently provided accurate predictions, deviating only slightly from the projected percentages upon reaching the destination and returning.
This towing test offers valuable insights into the Cybertruck's performance under real-world conditions, shedding light on considerations for electric vehicle owners, particularly in scenarios involving towing and charging logistics.