In a recent charging speed comparison test, the Tesla Cybertruck found itself at the honorary 10th place in the rankings, with most of the top spots occupied by electric vehicles boasting an 800V powertrain architecture, primarily from Hyundai or KIA.
Known for its rapid tapering of peak charging rates, Tesla's charging curve has often raised eyebrows. The recently launched Cybertruck, equipped with an 800V architecture, prompted an eager owner to conduct a charging speed test at a Tesla V3 Supercharger with a 250 kW output.
The Cybertruck took 40 minutes to charge from 14% to the typical 80% threshold, adding 206 miles of range during that time. Interestingly, this lagged behind some other Tesla models, such as the Model 3 Long Range.
The charging graph of the Cybertruck, captured in a video, demonstrated a robust start at a 255 kW peak charging rate, followed by a rapid decline within a few minutes. The majority of the charging time was spent at a more modest 75 kW – 100 kW range. In contrast, Hyundai or KIA EVs have been noted for sustaining 170 kW rates all the way to an 80% charge.
While this single charging test provides valuable insights under specific circumstances, it is important to note that Tesla envisions the Cybertruck's true potential being realized when paired with the upcoming V4 Superchargers, equipped with 800V output capability. According to Tesla, these advanced stations will allow the Cybertruck to charge up to 80% in less than 20 minutes. However, such powerful charging stations remain limited in availability.