Tesla Cybertruck may get vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) charging

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Tesla is finally producing the Cybertruck at its Giga, Texas factory, two years behind schedule. The electric automaker will begin full production of its electric pickup this September and will ramp up its rollout starting in 2024. At the same time, the automaker also hinted that the Tesla Cybertruck will be equipped with bi-directional charging technology, which will improve the performance of the electric truck. Allows an electric car to charge another electric car.

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| Updated on: July 16, 2023 at 09:34

Tesla has hinted that the Cybertruck’s battery will be powerful enough to charge another Tesla electric vehicle via bi-directional charging technology.

During its investor day in 2023, Tesla hinted that its future electric vehicles will be equipped with two-way charging technology. However, the automaker did not say what type of bi-directional charging will be offered. A Tesla coloring book available at the brand’s service center suggests that the Cybertruck may feature the technology. One page of the coloring book has a caption saying the Cybertruck has enough battery power to charge a Tesla. This has sparked speculation that the EV will be able to charge another Tesla vehicle. Also, in 2021, a Twitter user asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk if the Cybertruck’s batteries could power his home, to which Musk replied “yes.”

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The headline on the coloring book suggests that Tesla may offer car-to-car charging. It has not yet been revealed whether the electric pickup truck will also be equipped with other types of bi-directional charging capabilities, such as vehicle-to-load (V2L), vehicle-to-home (V2H) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G). Production versions of the Tesla Cybertruck will likely have 120V or 240V outlets to charge external appliances or other EVs.

Interestingly, rival electric trucks such as the Ford F-150 Lightning already offer this feature, allowing an EV to charge another EV using bi-directional charging technology. Tesla hasn’t revealed the Cybertruck’s battery size yet, leaving us to speculate on the battery pack’s specs.

First published date: Jul 16, 2023 09:34 AM EST

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