Tesla boss Elon Musk has been using Twitter again. This time in a response to an owner’s club, Musk has said that an electric ATV (all-terrain vehicle) will be rolled out about the same time when Tesla Cybertruck is launched. He went on to say that electric dirt bikes “would be cool too”, and expressed that Tesla would not indulge in electric road bikes because they are too dangerous citing one of his own rough experiences when he was 17. He revealed in a previous tweet that the “Tesla 2 person electric ATV will come at first as an option for Cybertruck.”
Responding to a tweet from a Tesla owners’ club which inquired about the electric ATV which was showcased with the Cybertruck during its unveiling, Musk said: “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.”
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
So, the production for the Cybertruck is beginning in late 2021 and the Tri-Motor AWD in 2022. If Mr Musk means business in his tweet, we should an electric Tesla ATV to write about in the next year or two.
Speaking of tweets, Musk had written in July this year that Tesla would be in India by year-end or the next. He also said the same thing during an interaction with IIT Madras students the same month. Musk has blamed the government’s policies for giving up on his India dreams and also blamed the FDI norms for the delay in the electric car maker’s entry into the Indian market. “Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately,” Musk had tweeted previously. Time will tell if we’ll have Tesla cars retailing in India anytime soon.
In the meantime, here’s some trivia on Tesla Cybertruck. It will come in three variants with the cheapest one with a single motor and rear-wheel-drive priced at $39,900 (approximately Rs 28.62 lakh). It’ll have a towing capacity of about 3400 kg and a claimed range of 400 km. The middle variant will come with two motors, an all-wheel-drive, towing capacity of over 4530 kg, a range of 480 km, and a price tag of $49,900 (approximately Rs 35.8 lakh). For more, click the link above.
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