The Tesla Allterrain concept is a proposal for a rugged, go-anywhere
4x4 with an all-electric drivetrain. The concept was designed with
both the modern-day Jeep Wrangler and Toyota FJ Cruiser in mind, and
the Allterrain has similar proportions to both, being slightly larger
than the Wrangler, but slightly smaller than the FJ Cruiser.
The styling of the Tesla Allterrain is fairly radical. The flat floorplan,
with the motor just under the floor, and one motor at either end -
each powering two wheels - allows for more options when it comes to
internal layout. Up front, the main cargo area acts as storage for
the full-size spare - freeing up space at the rear of the vehicle.
The versatile four-seater cabin uses sliding C-pillars so the rear
seat passengers can either sit out in the open under a T-bar roof,
or enclosed within the cabin protected by a stretchable, semi-transparent
fabric roof and windows.
Powering the Tesla Allterrain concept are two motors supplied power
by a 70kWh battery. The estimated standard range is 220 miles, with
a top speed of 120 mph.
Of course any fully electric off-road vehicle is going to be a serious
design challenge. Battery range is a worry for many electric car owners
even in built up areas, so when you're in the middle of nowhere it's
an even bigger issue. To address this problem the Tesla Allterrain
uses a clever idea poached from one of the most basic of off-road
equipment, the humble Jerry can. At the rear of the concept a custom
designed rail is designed to carry up to two external battery packs
intended to extend the range in the event the main batteries run out.
This system is called the Tesla Battery Backpack.
The Tesla Allterrain concept was developed by Santa Monica, California
based designed Jason McGinnity as a sponsored thesis project while
working at Tesla.
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