the Tesla Cybertruck boldly steps into the ring, attempting to pull off a remarkable feat—towing a staggering 11,000 pounds in bitterly cold weather. But can it surpass the benchmarks set by the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning in both towing performance and range? Join us as we dissect the intricacies of this towing spectacle and evaluate the Cybertruck’s prowess in the face of challenging winter conditions.
The 11,000 Pound Conundrum
The Tesla Cybertruck flaunts a max towing capacity of 11,000 pounds, a figure that raises eyebrows and expectations alike. The burning question on everyone’s mind: How does the Cybertruck fare while towing this substantial weight, and what is its range in the unforgiving cold? Let’s delve into the answers that unfold beneath the cold exterior.
JerryRigEverything, a seasoned reviewer with a penchant for towing, provides us with a unique perspective. As a Rivian R1T owner, Jerry brings invaluable experience to the table, having navigated the nuances of towing with both traditional and electric trucks. Before delving into the Cybertruck’s towing prowess, let’s explore a couple of quirks and dislikes Jerry unearthed during his Cybertruck encounter.
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Cabin Noise Woes
Jerry notes a conspicuous downside in the form of excessive cabin noise within the Cybertruck. Despite the absence of typical electric motor hum, the cabin resonates with an unidentifiable noise, detracting from the overall towing experience.
Rearview Mirror Dilemma
Another hiccup in the Cybertruck’s design, as highlighted by Jerry, is the comically small and impractical rearview mirror. Even the rearview camera, touted as a modern solution, falls short of practicality, leaving the driver grappling with usability issues.
Towing Odyssey: The Cybertruck’s Performance
The loaded trailer, weighing in at the formidable 11,000 pounds, sets the stage for the Cybertruck’s acceleration prowess. Clocking in at 12.4 seconds for the 0 to 60 MPH sprint, the Cybertruck exhibits commendable acceleration, proving its mettle in the towing domain.
Information Void: Towing with the Cybertruck
Despite its acceleration triumphs, the Cybertruck falters in delivering comprehensive towing information to the driver. A stark contrast to its competitor, the Rivian R1T, the Cybertruck lacks detailed towing animations, informative displays, and accurate towing range estimates, leaving the driver in a state of information void.
A revelation surfaces as Jerry uncovers that the rear-wheel steering of the Cybertruck remains operational even with the trailer attached. This unexpected maneuverability, while intriguing, raises concerns about the ease of control, hinting at potential safety implications during touchy back-up steering maneuvers.
The Chilling Reality: Towing Range in Cold Weather
In the crucible of frigid conditions, the dual-motor AWD Tesla Cybertruck embarks on a journey towing 11,000 pounds. The outcome, however, paints a sobering picture. Clocking a mere 90 miles before seeking refuge at the charging station, the Cybertruck’s towing range falls notably short of the estimated 340 miles under ideal conditions without towing.
To provide context, Jerry draws parallels with the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning under similar towing conditions. The Rivian R1T manages 100 miles, while the Ford F-150 Lightning outpaces both with an impressive 130 miles of towing range. This revelation underscores a broader issue—the towing range of most EVs, especially in cold weather, struggles to meet practical use cases.
Tow Showdown: Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning
As we pivot to assess the towing capabilities of the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning in the same setup, a comparative narrative unfolds.
R1T’s Winter Trial
Jerry presents the Rivian R1T’s winter towing test, showcasing its prowess in less severe conditions. With approximately 280 miles of range in the summer, the R1T sets a benchmark for electric trucks in towing scenarios.
Contrasting this winter trial, the Ford F-150 Lightning, boasting about 310 miles of stated range, flexes its towing muscles. Underlining its resilience in less harsh conditions, the Lightning emerges as a strong contender in the electric truck towing arena.
Conclusion: Navigating the Cold Frontier of Towing
As the Cybertruck, R1T, and Lightning engage in a towing showdown, it’s evident that towing range, especially in cold weather, remains a critical challenge for electric trucks. While the Cybertruck showcases commendable acceleration, its deficiencies in providing detailed towing information and a limited towing range underscore the uphill battle electric trucks face in the towing domain.