YouTuber builds DIY version of Tesla's electric ATV

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: There’s no shortage of get-up-and-go, either. Off-the-line acceleration is there thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor, turning out a 0-60 mph time of around 3.9 seconds. On the top end, it absolutely flies with the right gearing combo. They got up over 102 mph in one test before calling it a day.

Tesla’s Cybertruck unveiling back in November 2019 was memorable for a number of reasons. It was the first time we got to see the unique pickup in the flesh, and who can forget the incident with Tesla’s hardened glass that failed during the demo?

During the unveiling, Tesla also took the wraps off a side project of sorts in an electric sport ATV.

Rather than wait until 2021 to be able to purchase the unit, YouTuber Rich Rebuilds decided to create his own custom electric ATV. Dubbed Starscream, it’s an absolute ripper.

The ATV is based on a Yamaha Raptor 700. Rich promptly yanked out the combustion engine and sold it for $600. He then bought an electric motorcycle for $3,000 and started swapping parts over. The motor had to be mounted on the swingarm – not exactly ideal – but after a lot of custom fabrication, he was able to get everything pieced together.

Aesthetically, it looks great and is a nearly identical clone to what Tesla showed off late last year.

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scavengerspc

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Well, I will say that for now, my interest in EVs ends here with ATVs. I have 4 quads and there are too many factors with off-roading to even consider replacing gasoline engines with electric right now. There are obvious advantages to consider (immediate on-demand full power comes to mind) of an electric ATV but the downsides are just too prevalent right now.

Provide a separate reliable independent emergency power source and then we can talk.

Around the farm or around town I'm sure they would be more than a match for gasoline ATVs though.
 
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lipe123

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Well, I will say that for now, my interest in EVs ends here with ATVs. I have 4 quads and there are too many factors with off-roading to even consider replacing gasoline engines with electric right now. There are obvious advantages to consider (immediate on-demand full power comes to mind) of an electric ATV but the downsides are just too prevalent right now.

Provide a separate reliable independent emergency power source and then we can talk.

Around the farm or around town I'm sure they would be more than a match for gasoline ATVs though.
Did you watch that video? That thing is INSANE and it was just a garage project, not even a real production thing.
The battery lasts more than a whole day of going nuts and can be charged in a few hours.
It was able to tow a humvee!! Try doing that with gasoline.
 

scavengerspc

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Did you watch that video? That thing is INSANE and it was just a garage project, not even a real production thing.
The battery lasts more than a whole day of going nuts and can be charged in a few hours.
It was able to tow a humvee!! Try doing that with gasoline.
I agree with everything you said because you are right. All I'm saying is that a long offroad trip with it is a gamble. If only adding just a small battery separate from the main circuit would be a lot more reliable for long ATV hunting trips. Like a small reserve fuel tank.

But yeah if used for a farm or just around town, even in local fair competitions a gasoline quad wouldnt stand a prayer against an electric.
 

Hardware Geek

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You would think it wouldn't take much to put a small detachable gasoline generator on the rear to charge the battery, especially if it were designed for quick and easy accessory attachment and detachment..
 

Markoni35

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It actually has awesome sound. I mean, listen to it:


My power drill doesn't sound as cool as that. Not even close.
 

lipe123

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I agree with everything you said because you are right. All I'm saying is that a long offroad trip with it is a gamble. If only adding just a small battery separate from the main circuit would be a lot more reliable for long ATV hunting trips. Like a small reserve fuel tank.

But yeah if used for a farm or just around town, even in local fair competitions a gasoline quad wouldnt stand a prayer against an electric.
With how much that thing can tow you could strap a generator on the back of it and 5gal of gas!
Would take a while but it will charge the battery a bunch at least.