With the Tesla Cybertruck slated to make its public debut any time now, attention has shifted to its functionality on the open road. You will want to know its miles per kWh to gauge how useful it will be for you and your driving habits. This is a powerful truck with a lot to offer, but its ability to hold a charge will be the telling feature.
The Tesla Cybertruck is estimated to get about 2.4 miles per kWh, or 415 watts per mile. In comparison, a Tesla Model 3 gets about 3.4 miles per kWh, or 290 watts per mile. Of course, your driving style will influence your overall miles per kWh.
To calculate miles per kWh, take 1kWh (or 1000 watts) and divide it by how many watts it takes to drive 1 mile.
The Cybertruck is estimated to use 415 watts to drive 1 mile. Therefore 1000watts/415watts=2.4 miles per kWh.
The Model 3 uses an average of 290 watts to drive 1 mile. Therefore 1000watts/290watts=3.4 miles per kWh.
When investing in an electric vehicle, it is important to understand consumption. You will want to know how long it takes to charge the vehicle and how far that charge will take you. This is why you will want to continue reading to learn more about the energy consumption of the Cybertruck.
What is the Range of the Tesla Cybertruck?
Since it is often difficult to know where you will be able to charge an electric vehicle if you are away from home, it is important to know just how far you can go on a single charge. Tesla has developed an advanced technology that allows its vehicles to travel further than other electric vehicles.
The Tesla Cybertruck comes in 3 range options:
- Standard Range: 250+ miles ($39,900)
- Mid Range: 300+ miles ($49,900)
- Long Range: 500+ miles ($69,900)
You might be used to traditional gas cars that get better gas mileage on the highway than in the city. The opposite is actually true for electric vehicles. You will find that the Tesla Cybertruck, like other electric vehicles, is better equipped for city driving. This is because city driving tends to be slower with more stops involved, allowing the battery to retain its charge longer.
Based on the Mid Range Cybertruck model:
- Cold weather driving in the city – 250 miles
- Cold weather driving on the highway – 170 miles
- Combined range in cold weather – 210 miles
- Mild weather driving in the city – 350 miles
- Mild weather driving on the highway – 210 miles
- Combined driving in mild weather – 270 miles
These estimates are based on cold weather driving at 10 degrees below Celsius while using the heat. Mild weather is based on an outside temperature of 23 degrees Celsius without using the air conditioning. The actual range will depend on how fast the vehicle is going and the route being traveled.
What is the Per Mile Electric Usage for the Tesla Cybertruck?
Drivers have long been concerned with how much it costs to operate a vehicle. This is how many people determine which car or truck is best for them and their circumstances. For gas vehicles, this cost is usually measured in terms of how many miles you can drive on one gallon of gasoline.
For the Cybertruck, the cost will be based on how far you can drive on a single charge. Since the estimated range of the Tesla Cybertruck is 350 miles (not to mention the long range version that will go 500+ miles). Analysts have determined that it will cost $4.24 for every 100 miles the Cybertruck is driven. Driving until the charge is empty, or 350 miles, will cost $14.84.
Depending on how long it has been since you filled up a full-sized truck with regular gasoline, you know that it can cost 4 to 5 times this amount. However, many people are now focused on solely owning electric vehicles. If that is the case for you, then it would help to know how the electrical costs for the Cybertruck compare to other Tesla vehicles.
For comparison purposes, let us consider the Tesla Model 3. This is a full-size SUV that is quite popular in the American market. Its range is about 263 miles. It has a 50 kWh battery, with the cost per mile coming in at $0.03. This is $2.91 for every 100 miles driven or $7.65 for a complete charge. While cheaper, it does not come with some of the features that the Tesla Cybertruck is already becoming known for.
How Do You Determine the Cost per Mile of an Electric Vehicle?
Now that you know how much it costs to charge and drive the Tesla, it would be helpful to know how those costs are calculated. It is pretty straightforward to determine how much it costs to run a gasoline powered vehicle, but a different formula must be taken into account when figuring it out for an electric vehicle.
The key is to figure how much the cost is per kilowatt-hour. This is obviously much different than the price of a gallon of gasoline. You will want to figure out how many miles you can go per kWh.
It is quite interesting that electric vehicles do not use gasoline, but the Environmental Protection Agency still figures out the cost based on miles per gallon, or the equivalent thereof. For comparison purposes, the U.S. Department of Energy will use eGallons to compare operating electric vehicles’ cost within a similar model group range.
To determine the average cost of an eGallon, you will take the amount of electricity you would need to travel the same distance as you would in a car powered by gas. You will then multiply that by the average kWh cost in your area to figure out the average cost of an eGallon.
All of that being said, research has shown that it is roughly 50% cheaper on average to charge a vehicle like the Tesla Cybertruck when compared to a similar gas powered vehicle.
How Long Does it Take to Charge a Tesla Cybertruck?
One thing that you have to consider when driving any electric vehicle is how long it takes to charge it. While you may be able to fill up a gas powered vehicle on-demand in a matter of minutes, the same is not possible for a Cybertruck.
Here are some estimated facts to help you understand how long it will take you to charge a Tesla Cybertruck once it becomes available on the market.
Based on the largest battery option in the Cybertruck (200 kWh or 500 miles range), and a standard 110V home outlet (which charges at 5 miles per hour) it would take roughly 100 hours to charge from empty to full. If you use a 220V home outlet instead (which charges at 30 miles per hour) it would take roughly 16 hours to charge from empty to full. If you use a Supercharger (which charges at 1000 miles per hour) it would take roughly 30 minutes to charge from empty to full.
Taking into account that the average American drives only 30 miles per day, keeping your Cybertruck fully charged at home is no problem at all. If you are going a long distance, you always have Superchargers to quickly fill up charge on the road.
Should You Charge a Cybertruck at Home or with a Supercharger?
Seeing that it can take 100 hours to get a full charge at home for your Cybertruck if you only have a standard 110V outlet can be a bit disheartening. At the same time, this is the cheapest way to charge the vehicle, and it will provide you with full range when it is complete. However, there are other options that you might want to consider if you are looking for a faster charge.
One of the things that Tesla is known for is its network of Superchargers. These are created by Tesla and are being installed in countless places across the country, they are basically Tesla gas stations. If you regularly drive to an area with one of these Superchargers, you can plug a Cybertruck into it and be amazed at how fast it will charge the battery from empty to full range.
However, choosing to use a Supercharger will cost you about twice as much as using your regular home electrical outlet. That being said, it still makes it much cheaper than what you would pay if you filled up the tank on a traditional gasoline powered vehicle. For many, the choice will come down to convenience.
What About the Price of Electricity?
The Tesla Cybertruck is fully electric. It is not a hybrid. As such, owners will need to factor in the cost of electricity when it comes to determining how expensive it is to run the vehicle.
You already know that charging any electric vehicle will results in a cost per mile that is much lower than a car powered by either gasoline or diesel. That being said, the exact cost of electricity will depend on where you are. Certain parts of the country have high utility rates, while others are quite low by comparison.
You will also need to take into account the type of charger that you end up using. Even the Tesla Supercharger that we just talked about has a different rate structure depending on where you are located at the time and what type of facility the charger is at. Even so, the price of using such a Supercharger ends up being very affordable when compared to other power alternatives.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
The Cybertruck will be a powerful vehicle that owners will want to drive all over town to get work done. The range is sufficiently high, but those miles can add up quickly. It is important to know how to maximize the time between charges so that the truck is available for use when it is needed.
Here is some advice that electric vehicle owners have given that should help keep the Tesla Cybertruck charged up and ready to go for the lowest overall price.
- The Tesla Supercharger – This is by far the fastest way to get a Cybertruck to full battery capacity. You will be amazed at how quickly you can go from zero charge to full.
- Charging at home – This is where you will find the overall lowest price to charge a Cybertruck. You are only going to pay normal electricity rates based on the grid you are connected to at home.
- Home charging is useful when – Topping up the battery capacity of the Cybertruck overnight or when just driving it close to home. You cannot beat the convenience of just parking the truck in your garage, plugging it in, and then forgetting about it.
- Superchargers are useful when – Driving the Cybertruck miles away from home or to another city. Commuting is also a useful time to use the Supercharger.
The key is to arrive home with a pretty decent charge available on your Cybertruck already. If you can do that, then a simple top up is all that will be needed at night. You can plug it in when you first arrive home, and it should be fully charged in the morning. This will also not be very expensive.
The Tesla Supercharger network is already quite expansive and is rapidly growing. Once you learn where these are located in your area, it is helpful to use them when you are away from home to get your battery fully charged while you are taking care of business. You will also find many Superchargers at restaurants and hotels around the country.
Does It Cost More to Use a Tesla Supercharger?
The cost of using a Tesla Supercharger to charge a Tesla Cybertruck will be a more expensive than it is, for example, a Tesla Model 3. This is due to battery capacity and the fact that the Cybertruck is estimated to use 415 watts per mile, or 2.4 miles per kWh. That being said, Tesla does post on its website how much it charges per kilowatt-hour when charging the Cybertruck, or any of its vehicle for that matter.
The average cost to use a Tesla Supercharger to get a Cybertruck up to full capacity is roughly 28 cents for every kWh. Keep in mind that the battery capacity for the Tesla Cybertruck is still unknown at this time, but it is believed to come in at around 200 kWh.
Suppose you want to compare the cost of using a Tesla Supercharger to that of just charging the Cybertruck at home using an electrical outlet. In that case, you have to keep in mind that prices fluctuate in America by region. With the current cost of electricity across the board being 13.6 cents per kWh, it can be said that it costs about twice as much to use a Supercharger.
Some Important Notes About kWh and Charging a Cybertruck
One must understand the kWh of a Cybertruck and how to go about keeping it sufficiently charged. Not only does this impact what you will pay to operate the vehicle, but it will also determine how convenient and accessible the truck is to you in the end.
Tesla has claimed that its Superchargers are not out there to earn them a profit. They are meant to enhance the convenience factor of Tesla ownership, thereby making it more likely that people will buy their vehicles. However, the fees do vary depending upon what Tesla must pay to the local electrical company to offer the service.
What About Home Chargers?
There are actually two different types of chargers at home that can be used to get the Tesla Cybertruck battery up to full capacity. No matter which one you use, the cost per kWh will still be the same. This is because they both use the same electrical grid. The difference is in how quickly they will charge the truck.
Since Tesla currently provides a 120-volt charger that can be used at home with every type of vehicle in its lineup, we have to assume that the same will be true of the Cybertruck. As mentioned before, this is often sufficient for topping up a charge or for owners who will just drive the truck close to home.
If you are looking for something that charges at home a bit faster, Tesla offers a 240-volt home charger for purchase. This will provide you with a charging rate that approaches 11.4 kW per hour. The actual rate you get depends on the circuit you connect the charger to and how many amperes it puts out.
While that 240-volt home charger sounds fast, it still does not compare with the Supercharger. The latest version of the Supercharger can provide you with 250kW per hour of charging power, while even the basic models still put out 60kW per hour. This makes it well worth the extra expense of getting a Cybertruck up to a full charge inside of an hour.
The Tesla Cybertruck might not yet be available to the public, but enthusiasm for it is ramping up. As you prepare for that day, it is time to know the miles per kWh you will be getting out of this truck and you can best charge it. That is how you will know whether it is the truck for you or now.