One of the very first Tesla Cybertruck independent range tests shows the electric pickup truck covering only 254 miles on the highway.

That’s significantly less than the 320 EPA range, but it was cold and highway driving only.

One of the things most disappointing about the Cybertruck since its production launch is the range.

The electric pickup truck is only achieving the range originally promised at the launch back in 2019 with a new “range extender” battery system that sits in the bed of the truck.

At $16,000, it adds to the already higher price of the Cybertruck, on top of taking space in the bed and not even being available right now.

In the meantime, a Cybertruck Dual Motor will get you about 320 miles of EPA estimated range on the included tires.

But that’s the EPA range, and we know that a vehicle’s range is affected by a myriad of factors. We are going to need a bunch of independent testing to get a better idea of the electric pickup truck’s range.

Out of Specs got a Tesla Cybertruck this week and drove it on a highway range test at 70 mph (113 km/h) from a full charge to a completely depleted battery.

They livestreamed the whole thing:

The truck managed to travel 254 miles (409 km) before the 123 kWh battery pack was completely depleted.

That’s significantly below the EPA range, but it was mostly all highway driving and the test was performed at a temperature of 46 F (8 C).

Electrek’s Take

That’s not great. I would have expected closer to 270 miles at that temperature.

Now, I am really worried about how the Cybertruck would perform at a temperature below freezing, like we have now in Quebec, and when towing any kind of significant load.

To me, it looks like Cybertruck would be somewhat limited in its capacity to be used as a work truck without the extended range pack, which itself also reduces the bed – a very useful part of a work truck.

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MuskWire TLDR:

A recent independent range test of the Tesla Cybertruck revealed that the electric pickup truck covered only 254 miles on the highway, significantly less than the 320-mile range promised by the EPA. The test was conducted in cold weather conditions and on the highway, which may have contributed to the lower range. The Cybertruck’s range has been a disappointment since its launch, and Tesla has introduced a new “range extender” battery system that sits in the truck’s bed to address this issue. However, the range extender comes at an additional cost of $16,000 and reduces the available bed space. The test highlights the need for more independent testing to accurately determine the electric pickup truck’s range. The results raise concerns about the Cybertruck’s performance in colder temperatures and when towing heavy loads. Without the range extender, the truck’s capacity as a work truck may be limited.