Polaris teases Zero-powered electric Ranger UTV
Powersports manufacturer Polaris inked a deal with Zero Motorcycles last year, sewing up the exclusive rights to use Zero's proven electric powertrains in off-road vehicles and snowmobiles for the next 10 years. And it seems the first vehicle to come out of this collaboration will be a full-sized, all-electric Ranger UTV, set to debut at the end of the year.
The company already has an electric in its lineup; the rather humble 2-seat, 30-horsepower Ranger EV. But the Zero hookup will give Polaris access to a full range of much fruitier electric drivetrains, up to and including the mighty ZF75-10 motor from Zero's latest SR/F bikes. These make 110 horsepower and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque, and should be a barrel of monkeys in any vehicle to which they're seconded.
“As our top-selling off-road vehicle brand, Ranger has continually set the benchmark as the hardest working, smoothest riding UTV, leading the market in rider-inspired innovation,” said Steve Menneto, president of Polaris Off Road. “The new electric powertrain will elevate the Ranger platform to a whole new level of capability, durability and performance.”
There are other high-performance electrics sprouting up in this market in the meanwhile, from the Ecocharger to the Daymak Beast and the wacky six-wheel GreenScout. We can certainly see the utility of an electric UTV; near-silent operation certainly opens up options for less-antisocial fun if that's what you're using it for, and farmers will appreciate the ability to stick it on charge overnight, as well as the near-total lack of maintenance. Polaris has the capacity to bring a high-performance electric to this segment in serious volume.
The new electric Ranger is still under development, with a launch planned for late December and deliveries starting in 2022. So there's no word on specs at all yet, and you'll have to take any hints from the video below.