ARKANSAS, January 7 (Future Headlines)- Tesla’s Cybertruck has been a focal point of anticipation and scrutiny since its unveiling in 2019. Recently, one of the first independent range tests on the electric pickup has shed light on its performance, revealing that, under specific conditions, the Cybertruck covered only 254 miles on the highway. While this falls short of the EPA estimated range of 320 miles, various factors, including cold weather and highway driving, played a role in the outcome.

One of the persistent disappointments surrounding the Cybertruck has been its range, which has struggled to match the initial promises made during its launch. The vehicle’s EPA estimated range of 320 miles was hailed as a benchmark, but real-world tests are crucial to understanding how it performs in different scenarios.

To address range concerns, Tesla introduced a “range extender” battery system, an additional option costing $16,000. This system, positioned in the truck bed, aims to boost the Cybertruck’s range. However, it not only comes at an extra cost but also occupies space in the bed, posing a practical challenge. Compounding the issue is the fact that the range extender is not currently available, leaving customers seeking alternative solutions.

In the absence of the range extender, the Cybertruck Dual Motor variant is expected to achieve approximately 320 miles of EPA estimated range on the provided tires. However, as the recent independent range test highlights, real-world conditions can significantly impact the actual performance.

The independent test, conducted by Out of Specs, involved driving the Cybertruck on a highway at 70 mph (113 km/h) from a full charge until the battery was completely depleted. The result was a distance of 254 miles, notably below the EPA range. Several factors contributed to this outcome, including the predominantly highway driving conditions and a temperature of 46°F (8°C). It underscores the importance of considering various elements that can influence an electric vehicle’s range.

While EPA estimates provide a standardized metric for comparing different vehicles, real-world testing becomes essential to understand how a vehicle performs in diverse conditions. Independent tests, such as the one conducted on the Cybertruck, offer valuable insights into the actual range users can expect under specific circumstances. As electric vehicles become more prevalent, understanding and addressing these variables become crucial for accurate consumer expectations.

The test conditions, with a temperature of 46°F (8°C), play a pivotal role in the observed range. Cold weather can significantly affect the efficiency of electric vehicle batteries, leading to a reduction in range. It emphasizes the importance of considering climate conditions when assessing the practicality of an electric vehicle, especially in regions with colder climates.

Reporting by Alireza Sabet; Editing by Sarah White