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The Cybertruck Will Have More Than a 100 kWh Battery Pack: Despite This Being on Master Plan Part 3

The Cybertruck is going to have more than a 100 kWh battery pack - even though Tesla has 100 kWh on Master Plan Part 3.

Tesla Cybertruck Battery Pack

The Cybertruck is going to be released this year and is going to be the most unique vehicle ever produced. Tesla recently published Master Plan Part 3 even though Master Plan Part 2 isn't quite done. This plan will most likely conclude later this decade, and Master Plan Part 3 will most likely conclude by 2040.

There is a lot of data you can misunderstand from Tesla in their latest plan, and one of these pieces of data is that the Cybertruck has a 100 kWh battery pack.

You don't want a Cybertruck with a 100 kWh battery pack. Also, the 100 kWh was an average applied to the Model S, Model X, and the Cybertruck as a whole.

The Cybertruck is going to have more than a 100 kWh battery pack, otherwise you would get a Cybertruck with 250 miles of range, and that isn't going to be enough for most people to feel safe and comfortable with it.

When looking at this large 41-page document for Tesla's Master Plan Part 3, you have to understand that Tesla is speaking in average and broad terms when speaking about many data points.

Let's see what the actual battery pack size will be for the Cybertruck.

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What Will the Actual Battery Pack Be?

Energy consumption matters, and you also have to look at Tesla's data for that.

Tesla says that a passenger car will get 115 MPG equivalent, or 292 Wh/mile. As a reference, when it is warm and sunny, and I drive conservatively, I can get less than 200 Wh/mile on my Model 3 RWD.

Tesla also states that a light truck or van will get a 75 MPG equivalent, or 450 Wh/mile. This is the number to pay much closer attention to, and I think it is more accurate. I do think with conservative driving, you will get a better efficiency than that will a Cybertruck, but let's run some numbers now.

A 292 Wh/mile is very inefficient when driving a Model 3 RWD. You have to be running the climate controls all the time and be driving in the cold. Then you will get around 200 miles of range or less with your vehicle. However, Tesla is applying this value to the Model 3 and Model Y, and is likely raising it a bit to account for climate controls and cold weather.

For the Cybertruck, if 450 Wh/mile is the number, then you take 1000, which is a Kilowatt, and divide by 450. This gives you miles per Kilowatt. With a 100 kWh battery pack, you get 222 miles of range, which will be too small.

Let's take a 150 kWh battery pack then. (1000 / 450) * 150 = 333 miles of range. Now we're getting close. Let's up it to 175 kWh. That's 388 miles of range and much more realistic of the pack size you can expect in the Cybertruck. Note, in order to get 500 miles of range with Tesla's efficiency numbers, you need a pack size of 225 kWh. I don't see Tesla making a pack that size unless the efficiency comes down more around 400 Wh/mile, and then you get to 500 miles of range with a 200 kWh battery pack.

I see the Tesla Cybertruck having a pack size between 150 kWh and 200 kWh, and I think we'll see 150 for a dual-motor and 200 for a tri or quad-motor Cybertruck.

What do you think the battery size of the Cybertruck will be?

For more details, see this video from Tailosive EV:

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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