There are a lot of interesting details discussed by Tesla in its Master Plan Part 3 white paper. A particularly compelling section of the document was a table showing the company’s planned vehicle fleet, which hinted at several new electric cars and their respective estimated target sales.
Also included in the table are expected battery pack sizes for Tesla’s existing and future vehicle fleet. This is where it gets interesting, as the Cybertruck was listed together with the company’s two flagship vehicles, the Model S sedan and Model X SUV. All three were listed with a battery pack size of 100 kWh.
A 100 kWh battery pack size has been used by the EV maker since the days of the Model S and Model X P100 and P100D. Such a battery size, however, seems surprisingly conservative for the Cybertruck, which is a substantially larger (and likely heavier) vehicle.
Tesla has not really provided many details about the Cybertruck’s battery size despite the vehicle nearing its initial production. However, third-party organizations such as Jerry have typically used a 100 kWh battery size as a placeholder for the Cybertruck’s lower variants, such as the Dual Motor AWD and the entry-level RWD version that was announced in 2019.
Interestingly enough, updates from longtime Tesla owner and early TSLA investor Matthew Donegan-Ryan following Investor Day suggested that the electric vehicle maker would no longer be releasing a single-motor variant of the Cybertruck. With this in mind, Tesla’s base Cybertruck may be its Dual Motor AWD variant, which was announced to have a range of about 300 miles per charge.
If Tesla Cybertruck can achieve over 300 miles on a 100 kWh battery pack, it would be quite an accomplishment. Other all-electric pickup trucks in the market today such as the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning, after all, utilize battery packs that are larger than 100 kWh to achieve over 300 miles of range. Rivian’s Large Pack for the R1T, for example, is listed at 135 kWh and the Lightning’s Extended Range Pack is at 131 kWh.
Provided that Tesla is indeed able to give the Cybertruck over 300 miles of range with a 100 kWh battery pack, it would make the all-electric pickup truck one of the most efficient in its segment. This should provide the Cybertruck with more credibility among pickup truck buyers, some of whom likely consider range as a key factor in their vehicle purchases.