It is widely known that electric vehicles often do not achieve the expected range as determined by the EPA, particularly in real-life scenarios. However, the difference in range between Tesla’s Cybertruck and other vehicles is becoming increasingly pronounced, which is notable considering Tesla’s reputation for high range capability.
Two Tesla Cybertruck owners have expressed their disappointment with the vehicle’s range, as reported by a member of the Cybertruck Owners Club.
After driving the all-wheel-drive variant for 10,000 miles, the actual mileage achieved was significantly lower than what the company claims. Cybertruck only managed to cover 206 miles when fully charged and 164 miles when starting with 80 percent charge.
This is even worse than the 254 miles achieved by the YouTube account Out of Specs when they took their rented Cybertruck on a cold highway trip earlier this year.
This is even worse because it is significantly below the 320-mile range that Tesla claims the vehicle has. This emphasizes the flaws of the highly anticipated vehicle and Tesla’s tendency to exaggerate their numbers, as has been well-documented.
In short, although there is a noticeable difference, the new tests have some subtleties. The drivers admitted to driving aggressively without any speeding tickets or accidents, which would likely impact the truck’s range.
There are various factors that can affect the range of electric vehicles, including tire differences, environmental conditions like headwind and temperature, and the ratio of highway to road usage. The EPA conducts multiple tests on each vehicle, including city, highway, and constant speed tests, but these tests are done on a dynamometer rather than real roads, and the ambient temperatures can vary between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition to a disappointing range, two Cybertruck owners experienced a problem where the main screen would go dark when the battery level was low, leading to the need for a tow plus they also discovered that the vault in the truck bed, which is supposed to be sealed, is actually not waterproof and can get wet inside. This finding was supported by other drivers too.
Reference- Inside EVs, Futurism, Cybertruck Owners Club, Ars Technica