The Cybertruck: Complete Guide To What We Know So Far
The Cybertruck is about to release on November 30th, 2023, and we have the complete guide for everything you need to know about the Cybertruck.
It's been a long 4 years from the Cybertruck unveil to now, and we believe this guide has the most information about the Cybertruck that you'll find anywhere.
Recently, due to a user interface leak of the Cybertruck being shown while it was charging, we've been able to extrapolate the real world and EPA range from the Cybertruck.
The Cybertruck variant in the video showed a real world range of 266.6 miles based on a 16-mile trip, taking the battery from 71% to 65%. However, it's important to note that this is generally not the EPA range, which is what Tesla will list for the vehicle. This is because Tesla factors in over 15 things when calculating its range and battery usage.
Tesla's Navigation and Range Calculation System: 15 Things Calculated While You Drive To Give Your Range:https://t.co/Du9qmGHBzv$TSLA @Tesla @torquenewsauto #navigation #evs #driving #software #math #calculations pic.twitter.com/Pc4MVw0SJ6
— Jeremy Noel Johnson (@AGuyOnlineHere) November 14, 2023
I believe the EPA range is much higher in the variant shown in the video, and it could be as high as around 400 miles of range when you take out everything including excessive acceleration and climate controls being used, which quickly drain the batteries.
It's possible the Cybertruck is going to be different from all the other Tesla vehicles in how it calculates range, in which case, I'd put this variant shown more at 300 to 350 miles of range. That would be surprising to me though since my Tesla Model 3 RWD has shown me differently and that it calculates range in a worse case scenario.
My Model 3 RWD will often say I'm using, let's say, 10% when I start a trip to get to the end of it. By the end of the trip, I'll end up using only 7% because of my efficient driving, which gets me to the EPA range of the vehicle.
For most people, you'll get closer to the real world range for everyday use, which includes all drains on the battery, including climate controls. I expect we'll see ranges between 300 and 500 miles across all the variants of the Tesla Cybertruck.
The Tesla Cybertruck range was accidentally leaked with the latest screenshots of it charging:https://t.co/0W0wEKOyqC$TSLA @Tesla @torquenewsauto #cybertruck #evs #range pic.twitter.com/igmL0kTRJg
— Jeremy Noel Johnson (@AGuyOnlineHere) November 15, 2023
Performance and Variants
Elon Musk initially announced that there would be 3 variants of the Cybertruck: single-motor, dual-motor, and tri-motor.
He later went on to say that there would be a quad-motor variant that would drive like a crab. I don't think we'll see a Cybertruck with four motors yet, though.
We know that the Cybertruck will perform well when off-roading (more on that in a bit), but here's what we know about the performance of the Cybertruck.
Elon Musk has said there will be a "beast" mode variant of the Cybertruck that will be able to go 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
Considering the weight of the Cybertruck at around 7,000 lbs., that will be quite a feat of engineering.
Lower variants of the Cybertruck will be slower, and I expect performance to be 4.5 seconds for the dual-motor variant and for the single-motor variant, around 6.5 seconds.
I also expect top speeds to be 110 mph in a single-motor variant, 120 mph in the dual-motor variant, and around 130 mph in the tri-motor variant.
I would expect the battery size for the variants to be as such:
- Single-motor: 150 kWh
- Dual-motor: 175 kWh
- Tri-motor: 200 kWh or more
Elon Musk said that Cybertruck will be able to tow roughly 11,000 lbs.
You can read more about some complex towing calculations based on battery kWh to further learn about the Cybertruck's towing capabilities.
The Cybertruck will seat two people in the front, with a center console unit separating them.
There will be room for three people in the back. Legroom seems to be about on par with the Model Y.
The originally stated cost of the Cybertruck at the unveiling is most likely not going to be what the cost of the Cybertruck is at the upcoming delivery event.
Tesla listed these costs at the unveiling:
- Single-motor: $39,990
- Dual-motor: $49,990
- Tri-motor: $69,990
If you simply take inflation into account over the last 4 years, you get an about 20% increase in costs. This is what I came up with when I researched macro trends and a variety of inflation calculators over the last 4 years.
Inflation adjusted costs of the Cybertruck from unveiling:
- Single-motor: $47,988
- Dual-motor: $59,988
- Tri-motor: $83,988
I actually think the cost of the Cybertruck will fall pretty close to these numbers, and I'd like to see Tesla get the tri-motor variant to $79,990 in order to get it to qualify for the $7,500 U.S. tax credit.
Look for the final prices to be $49,990, $59,990, and $79,990 for the single, dual, and tri motor variants.
We got word that the Cybertruck will have smooth turning of all 4 wheels when being operated.
Not only that, the wheels will turn differently when you are going slow as when you are going fast.
When you are going slow, the back wheels will turn in opposite directions.
When you are going fast, the back wheels will turn in the same direction as the front wheels.
Smooth and up close video of the Cybertruck turning using ALL 4 Wheels:https://t.co/cMAl8OesMb$TSLA @Tesla @torquenewsauto #cybertruck #evs #4wheelsteering #wow pic.twitter.com/238AfRSC55
— Jeremy Noel Johnson (@AGuyOnlineHere) November 12, 2023
Wraps and Colors
The Cybertruck will come by default in its stainless steel silver color without any additional paint.
However, we know that Tesla is now offering wraps for its vehicles, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a black wrap option offered to make the Cybertruck look like the Batmobile.
Black wrapped Cybertruck looks like the Batmobile:https://t.co/JQkyigfTTt$TSLA @Tesla @torquenewsauto #batmobile #cybertruck #carwraps #cool pic.twitter.com/zgPeLarMkk
— Jeremy Noel Johnson (@AGuyOnlineHere) November 4, 2023
I expect the cost of the Cybertruck wraps to be around $8,000 and to be an option that comes AFTER you buy your Cybertruck and configure your order. Tesla may even wait to release wraps, just to reduce the stress load of the initial launch.
Software and Hardware
The Cybertruck will come with Hardware 4 and a 48 volt architecture. This puts it at the cutting edge of Tesla technology.
The Cybertruck should also be able to make use of v4 Superchargers, to give it a fast charging speed of anywhere between 250 kW to 350 kW.
I expect there to be an epic sound system in the Cybertruck as well, with multiple subwoofers and speakers. It wouldn't surprise me to have the tri-motor variant have 22 speakers, 2 subwoofers, an amplifier, and the world's most amazing vehicle sound system.
Tesla has been fairly quiet about the sound system, though.
There have been videos showing the Cybertruck doing off-roading.
In the latest discussion with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk said that he thinks the Cybertruck will be the best off-roading vehicle due to its high ground clearance and lack of having things underneath it that could be hit by rocks and damaged.
Tesla Cybertruck - best off-roading truck according to Elon Musk as he shares with Joe Rogan the one thing that makes this so:https://t.co/PlORqn5uta$TSLA @Tesla @torquenewsauto #cybertruck #offroading #evs
— Jeremy Noel Johnson (@AGuyOnlineHere) November 18, 2023
You'll have to be the judge of the best off-roading vehicle when looking at the videos of competitions between the Cybertruck, Rivian, and Ford-F150. For now, we see the Cybertruck as the current off-roading king.
The Tesla Cybertruck will be Tesla's safest vehicle ever produced.
Its steel exoskeleton is bulletproof, and a compound arrow shot at it by Joe Rogan simply glanced off of it.
The Tesla Cybertruck will come with Autopilot, and the option to purchase FSD. These are world-class software systems designed to increase safety.
The Cybertruck steel exoskeleton can withstand bullets:https://t.co/IuKjJSLTY0$TSLA @Tesla @torquenewsauto #cybertruck #steel #evs pic.twitter.com/NruUsRYDuE
— Jeremy Noel Johnson (@AGuyOnlineHere) October 21, 2023
There has been speculation over the years about add-ons for the Cybertruck. Because the release of this vehicle is going to be so complicated due to it being so different from any other Tesla vehicles, I don't think Tesla will offer many add-ons at first. Eventually, they may, such as adding solar panels and other accessories.
That won't stop other companies from offering add-ons, though. One popular add-on is the Cyberlandr, which is a vertical camping trailer that starts compact and can be opened up as a camping compartment.
I once did an article talking about if you could just live in a Cybertruck and a camper. I think this is a real possibility for those wanting to live as a digital nomad.
There was talk of a secret Tesla Cybertruck accessories team that would manage add-ons such as winches, off-road lights, steel bumpers, camping equipment, and bike racks, but I haven't heard much more than that.
This is the most comprehensive list I can think of, but you can be sure that I will add to it as I discover new things that should be added.
In the meantime, please stay tuned for more articles and breaking Tesla news from me, and have a fantastic day!
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Hi! My name is Jeremy Johnson, and I am a Tesla investor and supporter. I first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, I've become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla I can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies like Aptera. I cover Tesla and EV developments at Torque News. You can follow me on X.COM or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow my Tesla news coverage. Image Credit, Tesla, Screenshot