Following a viral video showcasing a Tesla Cybertruck sliding down a snowy slope while adorned with a festive Christmas tree, the U.S. Forest Service perceived an opportunity to impart essential knowledge.
Capitalizing on the internet uproar, the agency aimed to educate the masses about responsible off-road vehicle practices on public lands.
In a move described as "witty" by Forest Service spokesman Benjamin Cossel, the Stanislaus National Forest put forth a proposal through a press release, suggesting a collaboration with Tesla to launch an educational campaign focusing on proper off-road vehicle usage in public domains.
Supervisor Jason Kuiken expressed enthusiasm, stating, "We're always excited about exploring our public lands. However, there's a need to educate users about our Motor Vehicle Use Maps."
Although Tesla hasn't responded yet, the Forest Service's offer follows an incident where a Cybertruck, with a Christmas tree still affixed to its roof, lost traction and descended down an embankment within the Calaveras Ranger District's renowned Off Highway Vehicle area. Subsequently, the Cybertruck required rescue by a Ford truck, according to officials.
"We believe that with better knowledge of our mapped terrains, adherence to Leave No Trace principles, and overall preparedness, this incident could have been not only averted but also served as a vital learning experience for many new off-road enthusiasts," officials mentioned in the release.
While the first Cybertrucks recently hit the roads after production setbacks and design inquiries, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, touted it as "the most distinctive vehicle on the road," highlighting its sports car-like handling, towing capacity of 11,000 pounds, and an estimated 340-mile range.
In Musk's words, "At last, the future will resemble the future.
--------This article is partly excerpted from Los Angeles Times.