Electric utility vehicle powertrains consist of a bank of deep-cycle batteries that provide the “fuel” to run a DC electric motor that drives a transaxle and propels the wheels. Deep-cycle batteries are different from the standard lead-acid battery used to start your car and are designed to provide a steady supply of current over a long period of time. Range before recharge can be a consideration if you cover a lot of ground. Unlike a gasoline vehicle that can be refueled in a few minutes, recharging an electric vehicle will take several hours.
To learn more about specific electric utility vehicles, check out the models listed below.
Polaris calls this vehicle “perfect... for farming, ranching, hunting and recreational riding.”
Distance (approximate range before recharge): 50 miles, depending on conditions
To learn more about the Polaris Ranger EV and see a video of it in action, read Polaris Announces Electric Utility Vehicle for 2010 from GRIT editor Hank Will.
The Electric XU-3000 can be registered as a motorcycle in many states, allowing it to be driven on city streets.
Batteries: Silicone gel
Distance: 35 miles
The XRT850 is described as having “power that's big enough to tackle the toughest jobs in a package that's compact enough to fit into the back of a pickup truck.”
Distance: 30 miles
MSRP: $6,539 with fold down rear seat
Featuring a sturdy, aluminum 2-1 rear seat and flatbed combo, and 24-inch durable all terrain tires, the HuntVe 4X4 has a total vehicle capacity of 1200 lbs.
Distance: 20 miles in a true 4X4 setting
Predator XR, Apache XR
Stealth Electric Utility Vehicles has two extended range E-UTVs on the market, and is currently producing the Patriot LSV.
Batteries: Silicone gel
Distance: 45 (Predator XR) to 55 (Apache XR) miles
MSRP: $10,903 (Predator XR)
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