Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 08:01 pm
On 21 November, Tesla announced its latest vehicle, the Cybertruck; where during the launch of its most-talked-about vehicle to date, Elon Musk used the stage to introduce another vehicle, the Tesla ATV. In the CEO and co-founders' words: “Oh yeah, we also made an ATV, so, let's bring it out” – as if the quad bike was an afterthought.
Used to demonstrate the Cybertruck's vault storage capacity and ease-of-use, the ATV rolled onto the back of the vehicle and sat there for the rest of the presentation, plugged into the new Tesla pickup truck – neat. Having placed over 200,000 orders in less than four days for the Cybertruck, Tesla devotees and off-roaders have been keen to find out more about the company's all-terrain vehicle.
In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know about the Tesla ATV (aka. the Cyberquad).
Tesla ATV: Price and availability
At the time of writing, pricing has yet to be revealed, however, WhichEV spoke with Tesla to find out about the ATV's availability. We've been told the ATV will be available as an option with every Cybertruck order and will ship at the same time as the pickup truck. This was later confirmed by Elon Musk on Twitter. In the US, that means the ATV will be available in late 2020, while in the UK and Europe expect it to come into production in early 2021.
As a reminder, the Cybertruck starts from $39,900/£39,900 and can be ordered through Tesla's website.
Tesla ATV: Design
Fitting in with the company's pickup truck, the Cyberquad will have similar-styled rims, all-terrain tyres, unique-looking headlights and taillights, a matte-black finish throughout and will also seat two people (the driver and a passenger) – at the time of its reveal, however, we're not quite sure where the passenger will put their feet.
In true ATV fashion, there's a handlebar with two brake levers on either side. Given the ATV is an all-electric vehicle, we expect to see a small digital display in-between the handlebar; from a few pictures floating around on the internet, this seems to be the case.
Elsewhere, some have likened the Tesla Cyberquad to the Yamaha Raptor 700R SE, and we'd agree. The two quad bikes have a near-identical design – could this suggest that Yamaha is providing the chassis of the Tesla ATV? Most likely.
I am not sure that painting it black and adding a few panels to it really hid the origin that well.
— Bozi Tatarevic (@hoonable) November 23, 2019
Tesla ATV: Performance
As seen from the image above, the Tesla Cyberquad will have dual shocks at the front and a larger single-mounted shock absorber under the seat.
Given the limited information we have on the ATV, there's no official word about its performance. All we do know, however, is that it will be a fully electric vehicle.
We suspect the panels used for the ATV will stem from the same ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel material used in the company's pickup truck, which coincidentally stems from the SpaceX rocket ships. It'll be as tough as nails, that's for sure.
As for the battery – we hope to see a removable battery pack, whereby you can charge it at home. A few motorcycles, such as the upcoming Seat e-Scooter, have such a feature.
Tesla ATV: Legality
In the UK, quad bikes “must be approved, registered, taxed and have an MOT (if needed) to be used on the road.” According to the UK Government, “most quad bikes cannot be used on the road because they do not meet road safety standards.”
We wonder: will the Tesla ATV meet the right criteria? We asked Tesla directly, and a sales representative couldn't comment on the legality of the ATV on UK roads; he said: “I suspect it'll be legal like most of the other ATVs, but cannot confirm until we get them sent over to the UK”.
Of course, if you intend to use it off-road or on private property you'll be free to use the vehicle in any which way that suits you.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on what you make of the Tesla ATV (Cyberquad) in the comments section, below.