Elon Musk is famed for making intriguing statements and raising eyebrows and he did exactly that during Tesla’s recent shareholder meeting.
As Car and Driver reports, an attendee asked Musk if the car manufacturer was working on an electric amphibian vehicle that can travel both underwater and on land. While virtually all industry executives would likely have dismissed such a question as being absurd, Musk actually revealed that, yes, Tesla has thought about such a vehicle.
Not only has Tesla thought about an electric amphibian vehicle but Musk said that it has even gone to the trouble of designing one.
“I think the market for this would be small—small, but enthusiastic,” Musk said about the vehicle.
The entrepreneur’s interest in aquatic vehicles is nothing new. In fact, Musk purchased the famous Lotus Esprit submarine from James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me back in 2013 for a cool £616,000, or $997,000 at the time. Musk claimed that he was going to transform the Tesla with an electric powertrain to actually make it functional but it remains to be seen if that ever happened.
Nevertheless, Musk was keen to point out during the shareholder’s meeting that building an amphibian car would be a distraction for the Californian car company but did leave the door open for perhaps making an aquatic Tesla show car.
Tesla has a lot on its plate right now. It is churning out the Model 3, Model S, and Model X, building a huge Gigafactory in China, working on improved batteries, preparing to unveil an all-electric pickup truck, and readying a semi-truck. Yeah, an amphibian car would certainly be a distraction.