A lot of people had written it off as vaporware, however, after 4 years of waiting, the Cybertruck is now finally real. Tesla has started delivering the first 1000 “Foundation Series” Cybertrucks to customers
The Foundation Series Cybertrucks come with a 3-headed Cyberbeast insignia and an apocalypse warning from Elon Musk.
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Following the delivery event, we have also learned that the Cybertruck has a range extender option. This is an additional 50KWh battery pack, that can be loaded onto the truck bed, which will cost $16,000, and increase the Cybertruck’s range from 340 miles to 470 miles.
A couple of hours after the Cybertruck delivery event, Tesla also launched two new factory color options for the all-electric truck – satin black and satin white – which cost an extra $6,500.
Only a day after Cybertruck deliveries began, we also saw the truck going head-to-head against the Rivian R1T and Hammer EV in the first-ever real-world Cybertruck drag race. The Cybertruck was able to break the speed record for pickup trucks.
These are all the good bits of information we’ve about the Cybertruck however, there has also been some controversy regarding the truck’s price and range. When Tesla announced the Cybertruck back in 2019, the EV maker said the top-of-the-line tri-motor variant would cost $70,000 and have a 500-mile range.
However, the tri-motor performance Cybertruck now costs $100,000 and only has a 320-mile range without the range extender.
These 2 issues have taken some of the wind out of the Cybertruck’s sale, however, in a new interview released today, Tesla’s vice president of vehicle engineering, Lars Moravy has revealed one Cybertruck spec that the EV maker has sandbagged.
In an interview Lars and Tesla’s chief designer Franz von Holzhausen gave to BBC’s Top Gear, Lars revealed that the Cybertruck will be able to charge at 250KW using the V3 superchargers,
However, Lars also added that Tesla is starting to roll out V4 superchargers which are capable of 350KW supercharging, and the Cybertruck is able to take full advantage of the added capacity.
Lars's statement is really interesting given the fact that Tesla’s official website states that the Cybertruck has a peak charging capacity of 250KW. However, what’s most likely going on here is that since V4 superchargers are just starting to roll out in the US, the EV maker did not want to promise 350KW charging if people are not going to be able to access that speed.
However, once V4 superchargers become more widespread, Tesla will most likely update the Cybertruck’s charging speed and officially announce the 350KW number.
Given the fact that since the Cybertruck delivery event Tesla has been criticized for under-delivering on some of the Cybrtruck’s specs, it’s nice to see other areas the EV maker has also over-delivered when it comes to the final product.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve regarding the Cybertruck specs, however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted when we learn more about the all-electric truck. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Surprised to learn Tesla is hiding the Cybertruck’s actual charging speed? If the EV maker is sandbagging the Cybertruck’s charging capability do you think there are other Cybertruck surprises we’ll find out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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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.