With gas prices soaring and the emphasis on preserving the environment, more people are becoming “eco-friendly.” From the influx of Hybrid cars, energy-saving appliances and even more efficient light bulbs, Americans are taking notice of the environment and saving money in the process.
One of the trends seen in many retirement and gated communities is the use of electric vehicles in lieu of cars to get around. Many of these vehicles are your typical golf cart that gets around 35 miles between charges and can hold multiple passengers. The on-road use of electric vehicles is not new, but this trend has now hit the off-road community.
Known traditionally as “gas and oil” machines, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Side-by-Sides are also starting to “go green.” Recently, Polaris Industries introduced their new RANGER EV, a Side-by-Side built specifically for clean and quiet operation.
With the largest battery pack in the industry (11.5 kilowatts), the longest range of any electric Midsize vehicle (50 miles), 25 mph top speed and two hours of riding time between charges, the RANGER EV operates at about $0.035 per mile versus $0.09 per mile on a comparable gas vehicle, making it not only more eco-friendly, but more economical.
“The RANGER EV was built due to the consumer demand for alternative-powered vehicles,” said Jan Rintamaki of Polaris. “When building the vehicle, we took our best-in-class Utility Side-by-Side vehicle and made it usable to a whole new community.”
In creating their first electric vehicle, Polaris wanted an electric Side-by-Side that kept all the attributes of its other RANGER vehicles. A common misconception of electric vehicles is the consumer has to give up performance or work-ability in exchange for economy.
Polaris set out to prove this wrong by giving the RANGER EV a 500 lb. cargo box with 1,250 lb. towing and 1,000 lb. total payload to ensure the vehicle had a strong work ethic. The unit also features three modes; High for speed, Low for towing and hauling, and Max for maximum range. On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive tackles harsh terrain and one-wheel, rear-wheel drive prevents damage to sensitive terrains, making the RANGER EV easier on the environment. And the model’s exclusive 48-volt, AC Induction motor provides high performance with low maintenance and can be charged using a standard 110 vac outlet.
The RANGER EV retails for $10,699 and is available at Polaris dealerships nationwide.
With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace.
Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.