Polaris Ranger EV: Farm Vehicle Test


| 6/27/2011 2:41:49 PM


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A-photo-of-Evan-Blake-WelchGRIT Guest Blogger Evan Blake Welch hails from Louisville, Colorado. After a year of learning and pizza throwing, he's back in GRIT-land showing off his newfound skills writing articles and helping out on the website and social media channels (catch him on our Twitter feed). 

The Polaris Ranger EV (electric version) has been a treat to drive and work with. The farm vehicle's uses are varied and it’s a tough little machine. There are only a few down falls, but overall it’s a great addition to a farm.

First off it’s fun. With 25 mph capabilities it feels pretty quick seeing how close to the ground you sit and it is a comparatively smooth ride. It’s also slow enough that it can be trusted to less experienced drivers, given they’re not the Evil Knieval type in which case the Ranger is liable to flip. It’s compact which makes navigating tight turns at decent speeds a breeze and it has enough horsepower (30 HP) to conquer steep angles. My cousin and I rigorously tested the speed/ maneuverability capabilities of the vehicle, it passed. One of the greatest capabilities Polaris included is the four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive and the VersaTrac Turf mode. While four wheel-drive is impressive; it does drain the battery.

Polaris Ranger EV 

Many jobs can be made easy with the vehicle. Fencing maintenance is at the forefront of jobs I use the Polaris for. That heavy barbed wire and fencing tools can be cumbersome to say the least when you’re carrying it around in the heat of the day. With the Ranger’s adequately spaced bed you can fit your wire and tools and if you’re inclined, a cooler too. Zipping out to those far out fences has never been easier at Rancho Cappuccino.

Polaris Ranger EV front view 




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