Polaris Announces Electric Utility Vehicle for 2010


| 7/23/2009 9:05:00 AM


Tags: Polaris, electric machines, utvs,

Hank Will and Highland cattle.I had the opportunity to take a look at the Polaris utility vehicle (UTV) and all terrain vehicle (ATV) lineup for 2010 about a month ago (information embargoed until today). Although there are many new and improved models to talk about, today I want to focus on an entirely new concept from the company, which comes in the form of the Ranger EV.

When I was first introduced to the Ranger EV, I thought something was wrong because its debut came at the end of a long line of well choreographed entrances that all began with the sound of an engine starting, just before a sleek new machine burst through the curtain and onto center stage. This time, the pause seemed too long – I was worried that the hard working folks at the Polaris Research and Development facility in Wyoming, Minnesota were having difficulty getting the final entry started. Boy was I wrong. That Ranger EV came bursting through the curtain all right, but the only hum its entrance made came from the crowd of journalists and magazine editors in the audience.

The Ranger EV is based on the Polaris mid-sized chassis but it is powered with eight 12-volt batteries through a 48-volt electric motor that’s directly coupled to a Polaris transaxle. The transaxle is equipped with low noise gears and offers the operator shift on the fly AWD, 2WD and Turf Mode. The machine also has high and low speed ranges, but those are actuated by modulating the motor controls and not actual gearing. Batteries are mounted low and symmetrically along the centerline of the chassis so this machine is incredibly stable.

Polaris Ranger EV

The Ranger EV has a 50 mile range when the Max Range driving mode is selected. And it has regenerative braking in low range. Like all Polaris UTVs for 2010 the Ranger EV comes standard with a certified ROPS – the roll cage is now a proven passenger protection device. Recharging the Ranger EV takes up to 8 hours, depending on how far you run the batteries down.

I was able to spend more than an hour putting the Ranger EV through its paces and I can tell you that the machine impressed me beyond belief. The torque-delivering electric motor motivated the nearly 2000 pound package (with me and a passenger on board) up steep trails, over rock beds and log piles with seemingly no effort at all. In low mode, the regenerative braking made long steep descents a breeze. The machine has a top speed of 25 mph, which is plenty fast enough for me, especially when using the UTV as a farm hand. The strangest thing about operating the Ranger EV is the lack of engine noise. You can wander the farm without scaring the cattle – or attracting their attention. You can also sneak up on game very easily with this machine.

David Niu
10/28/2010 9:12:31 PM

Hi Paul and Hank, It's nice to have saw your comments here. I am from Qingdao AUCMA Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. I am glad that you both have fine experience with electric vehicles. I am from a electric vehicle manufacturer in China. And I have to say that Paul's rented vehicle are great cause it has amazing slope climbing ability. About Hank's experience with the vehicle, I have to say that each seat is designed to seat a weight of 100kg, and I am sure that the six of you could not be heavier than 600kg,right? If you are interested to learn more about electric vehicles, you are welcomed to add me on Skype:david8474 or visit our web to see our offerings: http://www.ev-aucma.com/en/


David Niu
10/28/2010 9:10:16 PM

Hi Paul and Hank, It's nice to have saw your comments here. I am glad that you both have fine experience with electric vehicles. I am from a electric vehicle manufacturer in China. And I have to say that Paul's rented vehicle are great cause it has amazing slope climbing ability. About Hank's experience with the vehicle, I have to say that each seat is designed to seat a weight of 100kg, and I am sure that the six of you could not be heavier than 600kg,right? If you are interested to learn more about electric vehicles, you are welcomed to add me on Skype:david8474 or visit our web to see our offerings: http://www.ev-aucma.com/en/


Don Hall
8/14/2009 8:13:41 AM

EV come home! Once you get riding this thing its hard to head back to the ranch! Polaris has the right product, not sure about the price tag and I hope it comes down in the future. Hank should have noted this thing can easily push a stuck truck out of the mud! TorqueTough is the tag the Polaris should wear! (sure guys, send me Polaris and you can Use That!)





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