Estimated Tesla Cybertruck Battery Capability: 120 kWh In Base Model

The Tesla Cybertruck pickup truck might be in all probability the most well liked all-electric car launches this 12 months, however its specs are nonetheless a thriller.

Tesla says on its web site that the car is anticipated to speed up from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in as little as 2.9 seconds and have a driving vary of as much as 500 miles (805 km). This month, there was an unofficial report that the Tesla Cybertruck will initially be launched with a 350-mile (563 km) model.

For reference, when the Cybertruck was unveiled just a few years in the past, Tesla was hinting at three variations:

  • Single Motor RWD: 250+ miles (402+ km)
  • Twin Motor AWD: 300+ miles (483+ km)
  • Tri Motor AWD: 500+ miles (805+ km)

The official information is that the Tesla Cybertruck might be geared up with Tesla’s 4680-type cylindrical battery cells – an improved model, with a ten % larger vitality density than within the case of the Tesla Mannequin Y AWD (the primary and solely 4680-powered BEV thus far).

Right this moment, we’ll cease for some time to take a look at attention-grabbing estimations of potential vitality consumption and battery capability, lately revealed by Troy Teslike.

The report assumes battery vitality density at:

  • Gen 1 (4680-type): 229 Wh/kg
    81.2 Wh per cell, 355 g
  • Gen 2 (4680-type): 252 Wh/kg (10% increase)
    89.4 Wh per cell, 355 g
  • Panasonic (2170-type): 262 Wh/kg
    18.4 Wh per cell, 70 g

As we will see, the brand new “Cybercell” is anticipated to supply a barely decrease vitality density than Panasonic’s 2170-type cylindrical cells, however the distinction is small (4 %), whereas the brand new structural battery pack may convey substantial weight financial savings on the automotive degree. One other factor is that it is really not unhealthy for an automotive firm to be so near Panasonic’s know-how, whereas there may nonetheless be substantial untapped potential within the bigger cell format.

Tesla’s 4680-type cylindrical battery cells milestones:


Tesla Cybertruck Estimated Battery Capability

In line with Troy Teslike‘s calculations connected beneath, the Tesla Cybertruck’s vitality consumption is estimated at 571 watt-hours per mile (Wh/mi) or 355 Wh/km, at a continuing velocity of 65.5 mph (105 km/h).

That is a considerable degree (however not a shock for a big and heavy car) – corresponding to the Ford F-150 Lightning’s EPA Freeway vitality consumption ranking (though the EPA ranking consists of charging losses).

When assuming that a part of the vitality (23 %) might be reused (by way of regenerative braking), one can calculate the driving vary and battery pack dimension.

With a usable 120-kWh battery capability, the vary would exceed 250 miles, which might be the minimal vary degree accepted by Tesla for an electrical car. A bigger, 160-kWh battery pack (usable capability) would lead to virtually 350 miles of driving vary:

  • Usable battery capability: 120 kWh – vary of 259 miles (417 km)
  • Usable battery capability: 160 kWh – vary of 345 miles (555 km)
    * assuming 571 Wh/mi (355 Wh/km) and 23% vitality recuperation

In different phrases, if 300-350 miles or so is the goal, then the battery pack must be roughly two instances larger than within the case of the Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary (round *81.5 kWh or so, in keeping with separate estimations).

* Tesla doesn’t report the battery capability of its electrical autos

In fact, we will use this metric additionally to estimate what the battery pack dimension can be to realize the 500-mile (805 km) goal, which is talked about on Tesla’s web site. Nicely, 232 kWh of usable vitality capability can be on the desk then.

  • Usable battery capability: 232 kWh – vary of 500 miles (805 km)

That will be one of many largest BEV batteries available on the market, but it surely appears believable, particularly if a pickup is anticipated to be a real workhorse for towing, hauling, or exporting energy at worksites.

Time will inform how near the reality these calculations are, however a minimum of we’ve a reference level.


A separate factor value noting is that the load of the Tesla Cybertruck is anticipated to be excessive at round 7,011 kilos (3,180 kg).