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I Needed to Carry Mulch, and My Tesla Cybertruck Proved Why It’s the Perfect Truck to Do So

People usually criticize the Cybertruck’s side sail, stating that the feature makes it harder to access the bed from the side. That is true, but a new video shows the unexpected benefits of the Cybertruck side sail when hauling dirt.

Some regard the Cybertruck as a showpiece for celebrities or only a truck for running errands to the local grocery store. People in this camp cite several Cybertruck features to support their assertion that Cybertruck isn’t a “real truck.”

Two of the biggest features of a Cybertruck that are used to discredit the truck are the Cybertruck’s range and the shape of the Cybertruck bed. On the range front, we agree that for anyone who needs to use his/her truck to tow heavy objects long distance, the Cybertruck’s 340-mile range might not be enough.

When towing heavy objects, the range easily gets cut in half, and if the towing occurs in bad weather, the range can even go lower. We admit it’s not ideal to stop for charging every hundred miles while towing heavy objects.

This issue is further amplified by the fact that currently, there aren’t many pull-through superchargers, which means you have to uncouple your trailer every time you want to charge your Cybertruck.

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To tackle this issue, Tesla is working on two solutions: a longer-range battery pack option and more pull-through superchargers coupled with Tesla’s in-screen navigation showing all available pull-through superchargers for people using their Cybertruck’s to tow.

Tesla’s lead Cybertruck engineer, Wes Morrill, has confirmed that the range extender Cybertruck battery pack will be ready for release later this year.

Unfortunately, the range extender takes up one-third of the bed space; however, the extra battery pack will also increase the Cybertruck’s range to 470 miles. 

Even if towing cuts the range in half, a 470-mile range should be enough for anyone who needs to tow heavy objects long distance.

Having said that, until Tesla comes out with the range extender, we agree that towing long distances with the Cybertruck is still not ideal. However, another criticism we have about the Cybertruck is the shape of the bed.

Unlike almost all other trucks, which have the shape of two boxes stuck together, the Cybertruck is triangular. Tesla has fitted the Cybertruck with a side sail covering the side of the bed for aerodynamic purposes and to improve vehicle rigidity.

The Cybertruck side sail limits access to the bed from the side, and people use this fact to say that the Cybertruck is not a real truck. However, like anything in life, the Cybertruck’s side sail has several pros and cons.

As I mentioned above, the Cybertruck’s side sail imparts a lot of rigidity to the vehicle. According to Tesla, 30% of the vehicle’s rigidity comes from the side sail alone. Due to this fact, Tesla says the Cybertruck has very good torsional rigidity, even more than some sports cars.

This makes the Cybertruck more stable at high speeds and while cornering. However, a new video shows that the Cybertruck’s side sails might have other advantages than making the full-size pickup truck feel like a sports car.

A new video shared on X by D, who goes by the handle @dabagboy, shows the Cybertruck doing truck stuff. D needed to carry mulch, and the Cybertruck’s side sail was perfect for the job.

Yes, the side sail isn’t ideal if you want to reach small objects from the side of your Cybertruck bed. However, when you want to haul dirt or other things that could easily fall off the truck bed, the sail becomes an advantage.

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As you can see in the video, the Cybertruck was able to carry so much dirt because the side sails extended the bed's volume.

If D wants to take the mulch to the highway, the position of the side sails helps even better. The Cybertruck’s tonneau cover goes from the roof over the sail to close at the tailgate. This means that thanks to the Cybertruck’s side sail, D is able to haul a much larger volume of dirt than he would be able to do in any other truck.

Another advantage for the Cybertruck in this situation is the fact that the vehicle does not have a painted surface. Yes, most modern trucks are rugged and capable of doing anything and going anywhere; however, this ruggedness is covered with a flimsy paint layer, which is expensive and time-consuming to repair if damaged.

However, as you can see in D’s video on the Cybertrck, you can simply dump dirt on the vehicle without worrying about damaging the paint.

After hauling dirt, D also says the cleanup process is easy on a Cybertruck. After the job was done, he shared a picture of his Cybertruck, which looked spotless.

Overall, we hope this video can dispel the negative stereotype about the Cybertruck, claiming it’s not a real truck. Currently, this is all the information we’ve; however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more Cybertrucks reach the work site.

Until then, make sure to visit our site,, regularly for the latest updates.

So, what do you think? Do you consider the Cybertruck to be a real truck? Also, what improvements should Tesla make to the Cybertruck to improve the truck’s work site use? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below by clicking the red “Add new comment” button.

Image: Screenshot from D’s video on X

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and the evolution of the EV space daily for several years. He covers everything about Tesla, from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.