Tesla Cyberquad With the explosion of popularity in the EV drivetrain for cars, one may think: What about motorcycles and quads? It’s a good question if you’ve got it, really good question. After all, if an electric propulsion setup could be made for cars with even better potential performance compared to the old combustion engine, why not put them in smaller vehicles?
Once again, Musk and the company have thought about it and have a spectacular offering in their plans. You may have seen it before without even realizing it. Join us as we look at the Tesla Cyberquad in all its glory.
Electric ATV As defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a light utility vehicle (LUV), a quad bike, or simply a quad, is a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires and has a seat that is straddled by the operator, as well as handlebars for steering control
It is built to tackle a broader range of terrain than most other vehicles, as the name indicates. Although it is permitted on the road in certain nations, it is illegal in most Australian states, territories, and provinces, as well as the United States and Canada.
The Tesla Cyberquad is an electric quad bike all-terrain vehicle (ATV) concept unveiled by Tesla in November 2019. Elon Musk declared ‘one more thing’ as the presentation concluded at the company’s Design Studio in Hawthorne, at which moment the ATV was shown being placed into the back of the Cybertruck.
Observers have pointed to parts observed at the reveal that suggest the Cyberquad prototype was made by exchanging a Yamaha Raptor’s motor and plastics. The ATV was mentioned in the specifications for the Cybertruck; the Cybertruck was described as having “space for your toolbox, tire, and Cyberquad, with room to spare”.
One day later, Elon Musk tweeted, “Tesla 2 person electric ATV will come first as an option for Cybertruck.” In November of this year, the trademark “Cyberquad” was registered.
Elon Musk introduced a prototype of the Cyberquad at Tesla’s 2020 Battery Day event for investors. In late 2021, he said, the Cyberquad will be offered as optional equipment for the Cybertruck.
Elon Musk referenced the Cyberquad once again during the 2021 Shareholder Meeting in October, but he didn’t disclose any further information on when manufacturing will begin.
The ATV is unlikely to go into production before the Cybertruck RWD, which is set to begin production in late 2022. The vehicle appears to be a first for Tesla, which has hitherto concentrated on automobiles and trucks.
However, although initial speculation claimed the Cyberquad was just a slightly modified version of an existing ATV, Tesla CEO Elon Musk subsequently disclosed it had previously undiscovered advantages. “The ATV is an interesting design challenge because ATVs are pretty dangerous,” Musk said at the October 7 annual Tesla shareholder meeting.
“We want to make an ATV that is the least dangerous.” Design and Kids’ Version This brings us to discussions of the ATVs design as ATVs are also often bought for their looks just as much as cars.
There’s also the question of how the design would enable it to succeed as electricity propelled. Tesla remained tight-lipped about the Cyberquad at the time of its initial introduction. Thanks to 110-volt and 240-volt outlets, Musk demonstrated how the ATV could be charged from the Cybertruck itself.
Because of its 100 cubic feet of storage capacity, it can also fit in the back of the truck. But that’s about it. We don’t know much more about it in terms of design that has been publicly unveiled. We can have an early taste, however, in the form of a kids’ variant.
Yes, that’s right. If you purchase one today from the company’s website, you may have a tiny Cyberquad made for kids in 2-4 weeks. The Tesla “Cyberquad for Kids” is available for $1,900 on Tesla’s website, which is a pricey price compared to your normal Power Wheels, but it is by far the cheapest car in Tesla’s present portfolio.
With a “full steel frame,” cushioned seats, and fully adjustable suspension, the Cyberquad’s materials are a notch above your usual battery-electric child vehicle. It’s the cheapest Tesla, but it’s also the most limited in terms of range: the manufacturer claims it can go up to 15 miles on a full charge, which takes five hours.
With a speedometer that peaks out at 10 mph and can be limited to a maximum of 5 mph for safety, it’s also not likely to set any land speed records. That’s still a lot of speed for a kid’s ride-on vehicle, which is perhaps why Tesla recommends it for children aged 8 and above, with a maximum weight of 150 pounds.
It features four wheels, two 16-inch tires on the front, and two 14-inch tires on the rear. It has a cushioned seat, adjustable suspension, rear disk braking, and LED light bars on the front and rear. It’s designed for children ages eight and above and can carry a weight of up to 150 pounds.
We think it’s a smart way to build up hype for an auxiliary offering forgotten by most, but what do you think about it? Let us know in the comments below whether you’d buy one.
Specs, Safety, Association With The Cybertruck Little is known at this time about specs & safety that is associated with the Cyberquad. However, Musk stated on Twitter in 2019 that it can transport two passengers. Musk described the Cyberquad’s low center of gravity during the company’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting.
This is due to the fact that the electric car’s battery pack will be mounted low on the vehicle. Such a setup allows for improvements to be made to the safety of the basic ATV design, as ATVs are notorious for being unsafe.
Musk also hinted that the company plans to “do some things with the suspension.” He didn’t specify what sort of things but did claim that “it’s going to be the ATV that won’t roll.” ATVs, especially at high speeds, can be unstable and difficult to handle.
Rollovers and crashes occur often, and some are fatal. ATV-related injuries are very prevalent and might result in a trip to the emergency department. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises children and teenagers aged 16 and under not to drive or ride ATVs.
Eye injuries, minor scratches and bruises, fractured bones, brain injuries, spine injuries, and death are all typical ATV injuries. In the 1980s, ATVs grew popular and were frequently offered as toys. People quickly understood they were dangerous.
In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that over 100,000 people were injured by ATVs (about 25 percent involved kids under 16). Between 2001 and 2008, the CPSC stated that an average of 568 adults and 144 children died per year.
When there was more than one rider on the ATV, one out of every five deaths happened. We’re yet to see the safety ratings for the mini Cyberquad and of course, the full-sized version later on.
If Tesla’s going to sell this Cyberquad in profitable numbers, they will have to make significant improvements in the safety department and give all other manufacturers a serious run for their money. The Cybertruck is projected to cost around $40,000 when new.
Tesla had previously stated that manufacturing would begin in late 2021, but that date has now been pushed back to 2022. Electrek reported in October that Tesla appeared to have deleted the Cybertruck’s pricing and specifications from its website this week.
This might indicate that the pricing and specifications will change before the launch. Tesla’s vice president of vehicle engineering Lars Moravy stated during the firm’s second-quarter 2021 earnings call in July that the business will enter the “beta stages” of Cybertruck manufacturing this year.
However, during the recent 2021 shareholder meeting, Musk stated that the Cybertruck will most likely begin production in 2022, with full volume manufacturing beginning in 2023. While Tesla attempts to ramp up Model Y manufacturing at its Texas facilities, the Cybertruck and accompanying Cyberquad appear to be on hold for the time being.