In a word, Tesla Cyberquad will be the safest ATV: Elon Musk.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company’s Cyberquad would be the safest all-terrain vehicle (ATV) globally. Musk commented on the Tesla Cyberquad for the first time at Tesla’s shareholder’s meeting since he unveiled the electric ATV with the Cybertruck in 2019, reports Electrek.
Tesla Cyberquad is going to come
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that the brand’s upcoming Cyberquad will be “the safest quad yet.” The ATV (all-terrain-vehicle) or “quad” was unveiled alongside the Tesla Cybertruck back in 2019 and went off the map, possibly into developmental purgatory. However, it appears to be back in the news after Musk talked about it at a Tesla shareholder’s meeting, according to an article in Elektrik.
Not one to release cookie-cutter products, Musk confirmed that the Cyberquad, a name Tesla has filed for a trademark on, will “have a shallow center of gravity because the battery pack is going to be down low.” But, unfortunately, that’s about the only detail he seems willing to reveal at the moment, with no additional information about just what tech would justify its claim as “the safest quad in the world.”
“We are making Cybertruck here and so probably the ATV too. The ATV is an interesting design challenge because ATVs are pretty dangerous, and we want to make an ATV that is the least dangerous ATV,” Musk said.
Musk added some details about how Tesla plans to make that happen.
“It will have a shallow center of gravity because the battery pack is going to be down low,” the CEO said.
“I think we can do some things with the suspension to make it hard to roll this thing. When an ATV is rolling is when bad things happen. It’s going to be the ATV that won’t roll,” he added.
According to the report, it doesn’t sound like Tesla is at an advanced design stage for the Cyberquad.
As the auto-tech website previously reported, the original prototype unveiled at the Cybertruck event was a Yamaha Raptor ATV converted to electric with a Zero Motorcycle powertrain.
Tesla certainly has some time to make it happen. At the event, Musk again linked the Cyberquad to the Cybertruck, which is itself delayed to late 2022.
The bottom line
Musk also added that Tesla would be stiffening the suspension to make the Cyberquad stay planted, claiming that “It will be a quad that won’t roll.” However, while beefing up the suspension can allow flatter cornering, it can hurt the ride quality, particularly of a vehicle designed to tackle uneven terrain. Nevertheless, Tesla tackles this particular challenge and makes a quad with a pliant ride and firm footing.
When unveiled initially, Musk had claimed that the Cyberquad would be available to Cybertruck buyers. However, with the launch of the Cybertruck delayed till 2022. Common knowledge is that the prototype unveiled at the Cybertruck launch event was a Yamaha Raptor ATV that converted to electric. Musk has also confirmed that the Cyberquad, which doesn’t have a release date as of now, will be manufactured at Tesla’s Texas-based Gigafactory.