RUMORS SWIRLED early in the year about Polaris Industries preparing to launch an electric side-by-side. Then came the Breeze, the "neighborhood vehicle" that was more golf cart than powersports entry, and hope for an electro side-by-side deflated.
However, the recent introduction of the Polaris RANGER EV proves the rumors were true.
The Ranger EV features the attributes of Polaris' other RANGER vehicles — a 500 lb. cargo box with 1,250 lb. towing and 1,000 lb. total payload — and mates them to a 48-volt, AC Induction motor and 11.5-kilowatt battery pack that offer a 50-mile range, two hours of riding time between charges and a 25 mph top speed.
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 like golf courses.
The Ranger EV retails for $10,699 and is already available at Polaris dealerships nationwide.
—Submitted by Guido Ebert