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Tesla Cybertruck 3 Month & 15,000mi Ownership Review

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The video discusses a 3-month, 15,000-mile experience with a Tesla Cybertruck, highlighting challenges, performance, and improvements. Topics include battery limitations, charging efficiency, powertrain tuning, handling, and maintenance. The speaker praises the Cybertruck's unique design, responsiveness, and off-road capabilities. They recommend the dual-motor variant for cost-effectiveness and usability. Issues such as rattles, battery drain, and service delays are also addressed. Overall, the video provides insights into electric vehicle ownership, emphasizing practicality and future considerations.

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Experiences of owning and testing a Tesla Cybertruck over 3 months and 15,000 miles.
Speaker shares insights on initial doubts about Cybertruck's production and the process of obtaining it through a referral program.
Various tests and challenges Cybertruck has undergone, including efficiency, charging, and racing against competitors.
Mention of an opportunity for viewers to win a Tesla Cybertruck in a raffle organized by Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund.
Review of owning a Cybertruck.
Battery performance, powertrain, and software updates are highlighted.
Issues with rattles, battery capacity, and lack of autopilot features are mentioned.
Enthusiasm for the overall experience and uniqueness of owning a Cybertruck is expressed.
Battery pack configuration, high voltage charging, and impressive discharge capabilities are discussed.
Satisfaction with ownership and appreciation for the opportunity to share experiences with the audience is expressed.
Limitations of the 123 kilowatt-hour battery pack in the Tesla Cybertruck.
Discussion on the need for a larger battery option due to the limitations of the current battery pack.
Exploration of the possibility of a range extender, highlighting concerns about weight, interface with the main battery pack, and cooling system integration.
Consideration of potential challenges related to charging performance and storage for the range extender.
Comparison to other electric truck models with larger battery capacities.
Importance of AC charging for electric vehicles and the need for larger onboard chargers.
Benefits of bidirectional capability for power export from vehicles to homes.
Highlighting the Cybertruck's power conversion system and potential for grid-tied systems.
Discussion on the future of bidirectionality and the potential for making money by leveraging electricity costs.
Overview of Tesla Cybertruck's DC Charging Performance
The truck has a peak charging rate of 330 kW, but typically only reaches 250 kW.
Tesla Cybertruck splits its battery pack in half to match with older charging equipment, allowing for high current output.
Overheating issues can occur when charging at low state of charge, impacting charging performance.
Despite potential improvements in version 4 superchargers, the truck's charging performance under ideal conditions remains limited to around 30% capacity.
Importance of Charging Rate and Curve for Cybertruck Owners.
Initial challenges of publicly charging the Cybertruck, including the use of multiple adapters.
Lead engineer mentions a charging curve update in the works.
Emphasis on the need for better charging curve performance and compatibility with public chargers.
Experiences shared of high-speed charging at low state of charge and benefits of using public chargers over superchargers in certain scenarios.
Limitations of DC charging for electric trucks.
The Silverado EV has better range and charging efficiency compared to the Cybertruck.
Cybertruck's charging stops are frequent and time-consuming.
Insights shared on the Cybertruck's powertrain configuration and resale value of trotor configuration.
Importance of efficient charging and powertrain design in electric vehicles emphasized.
Overview of physical clutch system in vehicles like the Cybertruck.
Benefits and drawbacks of different motor setups, including issues with front-wheel driving and torque vectoring.
Importance of differential lockers for transferring torque in off-road situations, especially for electric vehicles.
Challenges and solutions related to induction motors in vehicles like the Cybertruck.
Performance improvements in the Cybertruck's powertrain.
Challenges in tuning the powertrain of Tesla Cybertruck.
Speaker praises Tesla's efficiency in thermal management and throttle mapping.
Suggestions for improvements in tuning the tri motor configuration for smoother acceleration.
Importance of tire selection and complexity in engineering adapted tires for specific vehicles is emphasized.
Speaker offers to provide formal suggestions to Tesla for optimizing powertrain performance.
The importance of tire efficiency and responsiveness for electric vehicles is highlighted in the segment.
Shorter tread blocks on the tires improve efficiency and on-road handling but may reduce tire life.
Switching to winter tires is recommended for snowy conditions.
Bead locks are beneficial for off-roading with the Cybertruck.
The tires are praised for their quietness, responsiveness, and rolling resistance, making them suitable for general off-roading purposes.
Highlights of the Cybertruck Suspension System.
The video focuses on the air chambers, ride quality, and roll control of the Cybertruck suspension system.
The stiffness and performance in handling of the Cybertruck are praised, with comparisons to other off-road vehicles.
The presence of a front differential locker is noted for better traction in the Cybertruck.
Suggestions for aftermarket modifications to enhance off-road capabilities of the Cybertruck are mentioned.
Highlights of the Cybertruck's Steer-By-Wire System
The steer-by-wire system of the Cybertruck provides nimble and responsive steering, with minimal learning curve and improved software updates.
The steering wheel is well-designed, offering feedback and easy access to gears.
The system is quick and precise, even in hard driving situations, but dry steering should be avoided to prevent strain on components.
Users may initially struggle with counter steering in Baja mode, but can quickly adjust to it.
Overview of Tesla Cybertruck Features
The speaker emphasizes the need for improvements in towing mode to prevent sway and instability.
Comfort of the vehicle is praised, especially the suspension and seating position for long journeys.
Maintenance tips for the Cybertruck's stainless steel body are shared, including the recommendation of Barkeeper's Friend soft cleanser.
The speaker mentions experimenting with metal coatings for unique finishes, testing DIY metal detail coating and Protecta Clear.
Challenges of maintaining the Cybertruck's stainless steel exterior.
Cleaning products were ineffective in removing fingerprints, water spots, and bug stains.
The speaker settled on a cleaning regimen using Windex and barkeeper's friend.
Initial online hate towards the Cybertruck contrasted with positive reactions in person, especially from children.
The Cybertruck garners attention in public, causing privacy concerns but also generating excitement and curiosity among onlookers.
Decrease in Attention towards Cybertruck
More positive responses in person than online negativity.
Children particularly appreciate the unique design.
Positive feedback on onboard power and features like better HVAC.
Dual motor Cybertruck variant preferred for daily driving experience and cost savings.
Recommendation for choosing dual motor over tri motor for Tesla vehicles.
Quality and warranty issues, including broken windshield wiper, are highlighted as common challenges with Tesla vehicles.
The dual motor is considered more comfortable and practical for most users.
Service appointments and delays in getting recalls fixed are discussed as important considerations for Tesla vehicle owners.
Issues with Tesla Cybertruck
Speaker discusses squeaks, rattles, off-centered steering wheel, and loose lug nuts on the wheels.
Mention of a recall for the accelerator pedal and difficulties with Tesla service appointments.
Despite issues, the truck has held together well overall.
Emphasis on the importance of regularly tightening lug nuts to prevent damage.
Highlights of Owning a Cybertruck:
Snow accumulation on headlights can be an issue.
Cooled seats are a feature of the Cybertruck.
Phantom battery drain is a concern for some owners.
Water resistance is a positive aspect of the Cybertruck.
Potential buyers consider the Foundation series.
Comparison to other electric pickup options like Rivian and F-150 Lightning.
Positive overall impression of the Cybertruck, highlighting strengths and weaknesses.
Preference for electric trucks and benchmarks in automotive engineering.
Praises the R1T and Hummer EV for their performance and design.
Considers keeping or selling his Cybertruck due to potential depreciation costs.
Expresses interest in trucks with bigger batteries, faster charging, and good towing capabilities.
Emphasizes the importance of practicality and usability in a long-term truck.