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Tilting electric quad gets menacing off-road big brother

Tilting electric quad gets men...
This 5th gen EV4 electric quad was designed  primarily for off-road adventures
This 5th gen EV4 electric quad was designed  primarily for off-road adventures
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
The combination of two 1 kW DC motors and a 36 V/25 Ah battery pack are said to get the off-roader up to a top speed of 35 km/h
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The combination of two 1 kW DC motors and a 36 V/25 Ah battery pack are said to get the off-roader up to a top speed of 35 km/h
There's an accessory shelf to the front, and another at the back
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There's an accessory shelf to the front, and another at the back
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Each wheel of the EV4 off-road quad has hydraulic disk brakes for controlled stopping power
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Each wheel of the EV4 off-road quad has hydraulic disk brakes for controlled stopping power
Leaning into the turns on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Leaning into the turns on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Leaning into the turns on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Leaning into the turns on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
This 5th gen EV4 electric quad was designed  primarily for off-road adventures
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This 5th gen EV4 electric quad was designed  primarily for off-road adventures
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
This EV4 off-road electric quad can lean low into the corners
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This EV4 off-road electric quad can lean low into the corners
This 5th gen EV4 electric quad was designed  primarily for off-road adventures
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This 5th gen EV4 electric quad was designed  primarily for off-road adventures
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
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Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Two LED front headlamps have been included for after dark off-roading
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Two LED front headlamps have been included for after dark off-roading
The EV4 off-road electric quad is no pedal-assist roller, the rider's feet are firmly placed on struts at each side of the industrial-look aluminum frame
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The EV4 off-road electric quad is no pedal-assist roller, the rider's feet are firmly placed on struts at each side of the industrial-look aluminum frame
Meet the EV4 family: The off-road quad (left), street quad (center) and three-wheeler (right)
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Meet the EV4 family: The off-road quad (left), street quad (center) and three-wheeler (right)
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Back in 2015, we admit to being quite taken by the corner-hugging EV4 electric quad from Poland's Jacek Skopinski, featuring an adjustable suspension system designed to tilt to match the terrain. The following year saw the quad get a three-wheeled sibling, and some track-packing electric rollerblades. For the fifth gen quad, Skopinski has set his sights off road.

The new EV4 off-road quad is no pedal-assist roller, the rider's feet are firmly placed on struts at each side of the industrial-look aluminum frame and a twist-grip throttle is used for acceleration. Like its streetwise ancestor, the vehicle rocks a gorgeous exposed mechanical tilting mechanism with bicycle shocks and aluminum swingarms.

Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad
Demonstrating the mechanical titling mechanism on the EV4 off-road electric quad

The mechanism rides higher though, to allow this electric beast to tackle all manner of obstacles on the trail with the help of big orange rims and chunky 145/70R6 tires. All of which also gives the off-road quad a much meaner stance.

The combination of two 1 kW DC motors and a 36 V/25 Ah battery pack are said to get the off-roader up to a top speed of 35 km/h (22 mph), and each wheel has hydraulic disk brakes for controlled stopping power. Completing the spec sheet is an accessory shelf out front, between the twin LED headlamps, and another out back. An onboard trip computer helps the rider keep an eye on speed and range.

The EV4 off-road quad is currently available for pre-order for US$4,170. You can watch its maker owning dirt, trails and park paths in the video below.

Source: EV4

EV4 Off-Road Quad

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8 comments
VincentWolf
I wonder if they will make a 4' or 5' snow blade for it so people in northern climates can use it to plow snow? I hate using my gas ATV for that it's so noise and polluting and if I want to get up in the middle of the night to keep up with the heavy snow falls--it wakes up the neighbors. I really want an EV solution!!
RJB
Looks like great fun but I can't help thinking that there's a market for something bigger.
Koolski
I suppose the point is that it's EV, but it didn't seem to me like it truly was at home in the off road, all terrain element. When I think ATV I'm thinking water and mud with power to deal with hills, mountains. It looks more like an off and on the suburban trail vehicle.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
There is a market for this a an HPV with ultra low gearing.
ljaques
Bloody well cool! Now if the mfgr can see fit to sell them at 1/4 that ghastly price, they'll make millions the first year. Vincent, look around. I'm sure you can find parts to convert your smoker into an electric without too much trouble. http://tinyurl.com/y8pl4hjh
Kpar
Fascinating. It appears to use both slip angles AND camber thrust for steering! Quite the nimble vehicle. This guy should pursue both electric and ICE versions.
It looks like it could be scaled up pretty easily. A new off-road SUV?
Mzungu_Mkubwa
I prefer the Wesll design: https://youtu.be/qSMWEd54NcA (but maybe with the fat tires? ☺ )
Mr T
There have been a few electric ATVs around, on and off, not sure why they are not popular, they have a lot more torque than a petrol POS if done right. Even here in crappy, backward Australia, we can get one or two, such as http://www.electricvehiclesoceania.com.au/products/Kaxa/
In fact, electric motors are far more suitable for ATVs than petrol engines, and almost no maintenance and you can charge at home for almost nothing compared to petrol prices.
The few I know of in the US seem to have disappeared, but there is a Canadian one, http://daymak.com/ultrabeast/