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A Tesla Cybertruck Prototype Broke Down & had to Be Towed After It was Unable to Supercharge in the Mojave Desert Heat

A release candidate Tesla Cybertruck had to be towed after it was stranded unable to supercharge in the Mojave, desert in California. The vehicle was parked next to a Ford F-150 which allowed for a nice size comparison.


Tesla is currently in the final stages of testing the Cybertruck in a variety of environmental and weather conditions before handing over the first Cybertrucks to customers during an official event scheduled for November 30.

Currently, Cybertruck prototypes have been spotted testing all over the world including cold weather testing in Alaska and New Zealand, 1280-mile off-road testing in the Baja peninsula in Mexico, crash testing in Tesla’s Texas factory, night time, towing and range testing on several highways throughout the US, exoskeleton bulletproof testing in California, and so on.

During this extensive testing regiment, the Cybertruck has proven to be a truly resilient vehicle that’s able to withstand everything from the roughest off-road conditions all the way to tight parking spaces on residential streets and everything in between.

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In addition to all the success the Cybertruck has demonstrated throughout the various testing conditions, Tesla has also undoubtedly uncovered several issues and gained invaluable information that will go into improving the vehicle before its eventual launch.

And what happened today during the Cybertruck’s testing in the Mojave desert appears to be a rare breakdown that Tesla will hopefully use to improve the product. According to a post by Cybertruck Owners Club forum member CHC, he spotted a Cybertruck prototype stranded in Mojave, California after the truck was unable to charge in the desert heat.

CHC shared several pictures of the Cybertruck in the process of being towed and added that…

Was lucky enough to spot the Cybertruck at the supercharger in Mojave, CA. Just when I pulled up a tow truck arrived. Apparently, the truck wouldn’t charge. I spoke briefly to the engineer who was a nice guy and relatively open. He said that he honestly didn’t know the range, as all RCs only display battery percentages, but said something along the lines of “as good as or better than a Model X”. He also said he didn’t know the price, and even suggested that Tesla was still figuring that out.

I parked my F150 next to it, but in all the excitement, I didn’t get the best pictures. Also, the CT looks bigger in person, definitely a full-size truck. This RC prototype had the new ‘eco’ hubcaps, which was the first time I’ve seen them on a more aggressive tire.

As you can see from his post, despite talking to the engineer in charge of the Cybertruck, CHC was unable to find out what the exact issue with the truck was; what the range of the vehicle is; and what the final price of the Cybertruck will be.

However, CHC was able to park his personal F-150 next to the Cybertruck and show us what the two vehicles looked like side by side. According to CHC, the Cybertruck is similar in size to the F-150 and is “definitely a full-size truck.”

Currently, this is all the information we’ve regarding the release candidate Cybertruck that broke down in the Mojave desert. However, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we learn more about the issue.

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

So what do you think? Disappointed to see the Cybertruck break down in the Mojave desert heat? Do you think hot weather will be a challenge for the all-electric truck? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Image: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis 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.


Joe (not verified)    October 23, 2023 - 8:53PM

I don’t understand all this “testing” only a month before a delivery event. For any testing to be meaningful, there needs to be time to react to the results by implementing changes if necessary. Vehicle testing should have wrapped up a year ago to provide time for design changes, tooling, implementation, and verification. Otherwise why bother? Seems Tesla is using its customers as Guinea pigs if they are going to be delivering vehicles that may have failed some final “testing” without implementing the fixes.