Tesla made driving on the streets without fuel a reality with the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and upcoming Semi. Now gearheads have taken it upon themselves to take the electric motor technology to new areas we’re guessing Elon Musk probably didn’t have in mind when he founded the company.
Videos of what’s called a “Tesla Sand Truck” appeared on Instagram yesterday. Both clips show a customized Tesla-powered sand buggy whip across the sand while leaving other cars in its dust. Powering the vehicle is a Tesla induction motor from a 2015-2016 vehicle. The customized sand truck has a 22kWh battery powering the motor. At 2600 pounds, the “Tesla Sand Truck” can really fly on the sand dunes.
In the video description, the owner explains that the 22 kilowatt hour battery pack is smaller than the 85 and 100 kWh battery packs found in the Tesla Model S and the 50 and 75 kWh packs found in the Model 3. The pack can be safely drained from 4.1 to 2.5 volts.
Two ultra-quiet Honda generators charged the battery packs, the car’s owner explains in the video description. It took about 90 minutes to two hours to charge. The owner was able to do 20 to 26 runs with the customized vehicle once it was fully charged.
The “Tesla Sand Truck” Instagram shows more pictures and videos of the electric dune buggy in action. No word yet on if Elon Musk is looking to get in on the action with an official recreational Tesla model.
Thanks to the Tesla motors and parts sellers such as HSR motors, there is a growing scene of people changing their everyday gas car into a customized electric car. Last month, a video on the Jimmy Built YouTube channel showed off a Tesla-powered Honda Accord.