Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) the company unveiled in the Cybertruck event will be released around the same time as the all-electric pickup. The Cybertruck’s Dual-Motor and Tri-Motor variants will begin production in late 2021, with the Single Motor RWD trim starting in late 2022.
Musk made the announcement following a question from the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley’s Twitter account, which asked if there were any updates on the ATV. Details about the ATV were slim following the unveiling, as Musk announced the four-wheeler at the tail end of the Cybertruck unveiling event. Musk did mention that the ATV will be a two-seater, and it will complement the Cybertruck as it charges directly in the pickup’s “Vault.” An electric dirt bike was also mentioned.
“We’ll aim to have it come out same time as truck. Two-seater electric ATV designed to work with Cybertruck will be fun! Electric dirt bikes would be cool too. We won’t do road bikes, as too dangerous. I was hit by a truck & almost died on one when I was 17,” Musk said on Twitter.
We’ll aim to have it come out same time as truck. Two seater electric ATV designed to work with Cybertruck will be fun! Electric dirt bikes would be cool too. We won’t do road bikes, as too dangerous. I was hit by a truck & almost died on one when I was 17.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 8, 2019
Musk also addressed the idea that the company could produce a street-legal motorcycle in the future. While some Tesla enthusiasts have been asking for the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker to produce a motorcycle that could be used on the street, Musk shot down the idea with a story from his teenage years where he was hit by a truck while riding one. Musk has told this story in the past, specifically at the 2018 Tesla Shareholder’s Meeting, when he stated that an accident with a motorbike nearly ended his life. “We’re not going to do motorcycles,” Musk stated.
Those interested in the ATV are still waiting for Tesla and Musk to release the finer details of the vehicle, like weight, range, and whether it will be available in different variants like the company’s cars. Those who have pre-ordered the Cybertruck will have the ATV available as an option, according to a previous tweet from the Tesla CEO.
Tesla’s unveiling of the Cybertruck, along with its development of an ATV and now a possible dirt bike, is evidence the company is starting to embracing the outdoor market. The Cybertruck, while not aimed directly toward off-roading, camping, and outdoor activities like the Rivian R1T pickup and R1S sport utility vehicle, offer enough towing capacity to haul a fully-loaded camper or RV. Musk’s interest in four-wheelers and dirt bikes could help Tesla reach out to a completely new customer base as well, just as the Cybertruck attracts a potential new market.
The Tesla Cybertruck’s full capabilities were not really discussed much during its unveiling event, as Musk appeared to have expedited the vehicle’s presentation following its failed Armor Glass demonstration. Yet, despite this, there is very little doubt that the Cybertruck will be a tough-as-nails pickup, as evidenced by its stainless steel exoskeleton and its potential off-roading capability that is teased by its 16″ ride height. Auto veteran Jack Rickard mentioned this in a segment in his YouTube channel.
“This thing’s a Hummer. A Ford F-150, the tricked out 4×4 Supercrew cab, has 9.6” of ground clearance. This has 16” – that’s like a Hummer. I think the Hummer H1 was 16. So it makes a big difference in off-roading And underneath that, I’m told it’s all armored, it’s all covered, you can’t get at the motors, you can’t get at the batteries, it’s a skidplate. So specifically, on the things that define a pickup truck, and I’m surprised Elon Musk even knew what those were, but he’s got it, and that’s this offroad capability, and this kind of tough, durable, manly kind of gig,” Rickard said.