Tesla aims to launch Cyberquad ATV by 2021
The company is also considering a dirt bike, however Elon Musk considers street motorcycles "too dangerous."
Elon Musk has shed a bit more light on Tesla's plans to launch an all-electric 'Cyberquad' ATV as an accessory for the Cybertruck pickup.
The company aims to launch the battery-powered quad alongside the pickup, which is due in "late 2021" for the dual- and tri-motor configurations.
"Two seater electric ATV designed to work with Cybertruck will be fun! Electric dirt bikes would be cool too," Musk explained on Twitter. "We won't do road bikes, as too dangerous. I was hit by a truck & almost died on one when I was 17."
Musk had better luck behind the wheel of his daily-driver McLaren F1 in 2010 when he punched the throttle at 80 mph, spinning out of control and going airborne over en embankment. The entrepreneur and his passenger, fellow PayPal founder Peter Theil, walked away from the crash unscathed. Tesla two years later launched the Model S, billed as the safest vehicle ever tested, and Musk has consistently shot down the idea of building an electric motorcycle.
Surprisingly, researchers in 2010 concluded that ATV accidents account for far more deaths than dirt bikes. The federal Consumer Product Safety has Commission has logged an average of around 435 ATV-related deaths per year for the past few decades. The government does not track ATV usage statistics, such as total miles or hours driven, making it impossible to draw any conclusions by comparing ATV deaths to the roughly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities in the US each year.
Tesla showed a Cyberquad prototype at its Cybertruck debut event, though the ATV appeared to be a Yamaha model that had been converted to electric power and shrouded with new body panels to better match the pickup's faceted styling. It is unclear if the automaker is planning to use an off-the-shelf ATV rolling chassis, or if the off-road vehicle will be designed entirely in-house before reaching production.