Cybertruck Range-Extending Pack: Worth It Or Not?

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - February 20, 2024
Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck was originally supposed to have 500 miles on a single charge. When the production-ready Cybertruck arrived, Tesla claimed the all-electric truck has a disappointing maximum range of up to 340 miles with the all-wheel drive model. Tesla has a solution for drivers seeking more range out of their Cybertrucks in the form of an optional range-extender battery pack. Despite the range-extending battery pack’s reported price of $16,000, it sounds like a lot of buyers are purchasing the pack. But is it worth it?

Based on data from the Cybertruck Owner’s Club forum, roughly 25% of Tesla Cybertruck buyers are spending the extra $16,000 to get the electric pickup. With the range-extending battery pack, drivers get an extra 120 miles of range, but it brings a host of downsides that should be considered. With the Cybertruck AWD, drivers would theoretically be able to travel up to 460 miles with the range-extended pack.

The Cybertruck’s available range-extending pack sits in the truck’s bed. According to a social media post that Tesla CEO Elon Musk put out on X, the optional pack takes up roughly one-third of the truck’s bed. With the Cybertruck having a six-foot-by-four-foot bed, that’s a lot of real estate to give up for a pickup truck that, on Tesla’s website, is shown hauling large cargo, featuring a nifty “under the vault bed cover,” and being used as an overlanding rig with the $2,975 Basecamp tent. Tesla hasn’t provided official information on how much space the range-extending pack takes up, but losing 33% would greatly diminish the Cybertruck’s ability to be a truck.

Tesla Cybertruck Cargo Space

Then there’s the matter of weight. InsideEVs claims that the range-extending battery pack weighs approximately 600 pounds and reduces the Cybertruck’s payload capacity. The good news is that the Cybertruck is one of the more capable electric trucks on the market with a maximum payload capacity of 2,500 pounds. With the available range-extending battery pack, the Cybertruck’s payload capacity drops down to 1,900 pounds. That’s more than the Rivian R1T, but less than the Ford F-150 Lightning.

Is spending $16,000, losing one-third of the Cybertruck’s bed, and getting diminished performance worth it to get an extra 120 miles of range? That’s something only Cybertruck owners will be able to answer, but we don’t think it’s worth the cost or the drawbacks. With the Cyberbeast, the extended-range battery pack brings the price of the truck up to $115,990 and a range up to 440 miles.

If anything, Cybertruck owners and shoppers should wait for any possible updates that Tesla makes to the truck and the available range-extending battery pack. Before the end of 2023, Tesla’s SVP of Powertrain and Energy claimed that Tesla was looking to target 500 miles with the range extender.

Pictured: Tesla Cybertruck

Source: InsideEVs

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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