The Tesla Cybertruck, a much-anticipated electric vehicle (EV) that stirred excitement during its delivery event in November, has undergone its first highway driving range test, revealing a less-than-expected performance. In a test conducted by Kyle Conner from Out of Spec, the Cybertruck AWD, equipped with all-terrain tires, covered 254 miles at a speed of 70mph from a full charge. This result is notably below the estimated range and 20% lower than the specified range of 340 miles with all-season tires.
Tesla initially revealed the Cybertruck's range figures after its delivery event, indicating a tri-motor range of 320 miles and a dual-motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD) range of 340 miles. These figures were based on all-season tires, with the alternative all-terrain tires impacting the range further.
The highway driving range test, conducted in Texas with temperatures around 45°F (7°C), raises concerns about the Cybertruck's range performance, especially considering its premium price point exceeding US$100,000. The observed range of 254 miles, even with a fully charged battery, falls below expectations and raises questions about real-world usability, particularly for prospective owners in colder climates like Canada, where winter temperatures could further reduce the range.
Factors such as towing, which can significantly diminish range, add complexity to the Cybertruck's usability in various scenarios. While a Range Extender option is available, providing an additional 130 miles to the AWD Cybertruck, it comes at an extra cost of US$16,000 and occupies a third of the truck's bed. Moreover, this option won't be available until late 2024.
The disappointing results from this initial highway range test highlight challenges and considerations for potential Cybertruck buyers, emphasizing the importance of accurate and transparent information regarding EV performance, particularly in diverse and challenging driving conditions.