A YOUTUBER took a Tesla Cybertruck on a road trip over 1,000 miles long and revealed the different challenges he faced with the new EV.
The creator added in the title: “Charging was TOUGH.”
Screen text over the clip provided important details about his trip.
“Epic road trip,” the text stated.
“26 hours, 1,340 miles, 12 supercharger stops.”
In the video, the YouTuber explained that it was his first time driving the truck ever.
“It’s the most comfortable Tesla that I’ve owned,” he shared.
“But in terms of efficiency, it was definitely lacking in range, and we had to stop a lot along the way,” Wang said, adding that he’d driven all four other Tesla models.”
Tesla was initially aiming to bring the Cybertruck into production in 2021 but, after a series of delays, the electric trucks were first delivered to customers in late November 2023.
“It’s pretty freaking sick,” he said while behind the wheel of the new vehicle.
“Like the steering wire is definitely feels super nice. We’re about to get on the high right now it’s super comfortable the suspension is super smooth.”
The EV enthusiast is one of the very first drivers to document a cross-country road trip in the much-hyped and highly anticipated Cybertruck.
He shared the details of his journey on YouTube just weeks after the first vehicles were shipped to customers.
The driver’s trip in the Cybertruck was from Austin to Joshua Tree National Park in California.
On the drive, he planned out what charging stops he’d have to make on his route.
When he was ready to start charging the truck at a station, he said it’d be a bit tricky for him.
“It’s weird,” the YouTuber stressed.
“It’s very weird. Oh man, well the good thing about this supercharger is that I can’t crash into the Stalls. You hit the speed bump and then that’s it.”
He explained that the Cyber truck is quite “long.”
“The cables just like barely reach the truck so you have to park like as close as possible to the back of the supercharger,” Wang said.
“And it’s just jarring because the Cybertruck is so long that you got to be really careful as you back up closer and closer to the supercharging stalls.”
He said that he’d stay at the station and keep the truck charging for about 25 minutes before traveling down the road to the next charging station.
“We just left we charged up to like 85 percent,” he said while driving.
“Going to our next supercharger location it’s Ozona Texas it’s only like another hour and 11 minutes away.”
That being said, the car told him that he’d arrive to the next station at around 25 percent battery.
“So it definitely feels like the truck eats a lot of battery,” the creator expressed.
“But maybe we’re just speeding really fast.”
Ultimately Wang made it to the station in Texas with over 30 percent battery.
That charging stop would take him around 40 minutes, he said.
When it comes to getting into a charging spot, the YouTuber said there’s a trick to it.
“The trick is you got to get as close to the bumper as possible,” he stated.
“But still like look at this length it bar makes it on the Cybertruck it’s actually like kind of [suspicious] because it hits it at a weird angle so you have to like kind of put it in a little bit weird.”
Wang attributed the inefficiencies in range to the cooler temperatures in Texas and his tendency to speed.
The creator said he noticed improved range since driving the car in California’s more temperate climate.
He also said that closing the tonneau, the cover that spans the back of the truck, helped improve the Cybertruck’s range.
Many factors can impact an electric car’s range, including tires, weight load, speed, and cold weather conditions.
A 2023 study from Recurrent Auto cited by Bloomberg found that many electric vehicles lost about 30 percent of their range in temperatures below freezing.