Is The Cybertruck All It Was Hyped Up To Be?

No vehicle in recent memory was more highly anticipated than the Tesla Cybertruck. But after delays and design changes, and CEO Elon Musk lamenting how difficult it is to build, it finally arrived at the end of November 2023. And suppose a Musk tweet featuring a Cybertruck beating a Porsche 911 in a quarter-mile race while towing another Porsche 911 shows what the truck is capable of. In that case, the electric pickup truck is one impressive vehicle. Or is it?

According To One EV Reviewer, The Cybertruck Is A “Dud”

In a recent report from Inside EVs, Kyle Conner, an experienced electric vehicle (EV) reviewer, had this to say about the Cybertruck, “Is it the first (Tesla) dud? I think objectively, yes.”

For starters, Conners was disappointed with the Cybertruck’s driving range. Driving it at 70 miles per hour, the Cybertruck ran out of juice after just 254 miles of driving. It’s a result that leaves something to be desired compared with the other electrified pickup trucks that Conner has range-tested. (It’s worth noting that Tesla recently trimmed the range estimates on their other models after numerous customer complaints.)

Additionally, a separate report from Inside EVs states that Cybertruck owners who have driven 10,000 miles in the vehicle since its release have said that its range is between 164 and 206 miles. Those drivers found that the Cybertuck could reach 206 miles when the truck’s battery was at total capacity and 164 miles when it was 80 percent charged. Those range numbers do not compare favorably to other electric pickup trucks like the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has an EPA-estimated 320 miles of range, or the Rivian R1T Dual Motor, which has 289 or 352 miles of driving range depending on which tires it has.

These drivers also reported that the Cybertruck’s supercharging was very slow. When they used V2 superchargers, they said it took as much as two hours to recharge the battery. When using V3 superchargers, it took over an hour to charge the vehicle up to 70 percent. They used a Gen 3 Tesla wall connector to charge the Cybertruck at home, which would take 8 to 14 hours to recharge.

However, unlike the two Cybertuck owners who drove 10,000 miles, Connor was satisfied with the Cybertruck’s supercharging capabilities. While Connor still stated that he would buy a Cybertruck with these shortcomings, he felt that Tesla had “oversold” what the vehicle was capable of, so he classified it as a dud. Similarly, the two Cybertruck owners considered the electric pickup a “dream to drive,” even though its driving range and charging speed were not what they hoped for.

Author: Jarret Hendrickson

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