The Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most anticipated electric vehicles in the world. Over the past few months, a plethora of spy photos have been released online showing various prototypes of the upcoming electric pickup truck. Some of them were spotted with camouflage while others were spotted without any camouflage. Design-wise, however, they all remain similar. The latest spy shots of the Cybertruck have revealed a key feature of the electric vehicle, the location of the charging inlet.
An image posted on Twitter shows that the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck will have a very unusual charging inlet location. The EV, which was recently on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in California, revealed that its charging inlet is small enough to fit on a fender. The placement of the charging inlet is really unusual considering the design philosophy of Tesla EVs or other brands of electric vehicles. U.S. electric carmakers typically locate the charging outlets in their cars in the rear left area. In this example, however, the Cybertruck’s charge port is located on the left rear fender behind the rear wheels. It’s hard to say if this is the final production version, but it’s certainly more advanced than the initial version of the EV.
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The charging port is relatively small and follows the North American Charging Standard (NACS), rather than the larger CCS1 charging port. There’s a special charge status light that’s shaped like a triangle, which reminds us of the Cybertruck’s unique shape.
While the positioning of the NACS charging interface is worth discussing, a problem has also arisen. Is this particular location good for a charging port? Pickup trucks are designed for serious business, and some owners will take them off-road. Regardless, spots like the rear fender are always going to get dirty and get rock-banged when driving over challenging terrain. In this case, changing the flaps can make a difference. If the electric flap is damaged, the inlet will become dirty, which may affect charging performance. Replacing them can be a very expensive affair for homeowners.
First published date: Jun 27, 2023 at 09:30 AM CST