We just received this promotional video for the Polaris Electric Ranger bouncing around off-road – and it looks mighty cool.
One of the more interesting facets of the electric Polaris Ranger is the fact that the drivetrain was developed in conjunction with Zero Motorcycles. For those of you who don’t know, Zero Motorcycles specializes in EV powertrains for high-powered motorcycles. They have dominated many races, and are considered to be on the leading edge of EV tech.
You can read about other tests (here).
Incorporating Zero’s tech in a Ranger platform means serious power. Ranger worked to mitigate the impact of extra battery weight by carefully working out weight distribution. The uptick in power and the removal of gas-power components helped. In fact, according to Polaris: the upcoming Polaris Electric Ranger will have a better power-to-weight ratio that is “dramatically higher” than any current utility side-by-side.
“The new electric powertrain will elevate the RANGER platform to a whole new level of capability, durability, and performance.”– Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Off Road
Will the Polaris Electric Ranger be tough enough?
There is another bonus: ruggedness. Some may scoff at the potential for EVs off-road, but if you think about how ridiculously rugged off-road EV RC cars are, you may reconsider. On top of that, electric powertrains have very few moving parts. There is far less to worry about, and what is there can take a hit.
Obviously, we are excited to learn more about this machine. If they can make EV side-by-sides easier to quick charge, and have a competitive range with gas models, this could be epic. As it stands, current electric side-by-sides have much shorter ranges and are not as off-road capable as their gas counterparts.
In the coming months, we will be updating the progress of the Polaris Electric Ranger’s development. We do not have any specs, nor pricing; however, we do know that it is due in dealerships in December 2021.