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POLARIS ELECTRIFIES UTV MARKET

  • Dealernews
  • Dec 03, 2021

 

“RANGER XP Kinetic is built for our hard-working customers who take pride in their work, value accomplishment and are always looking for ways to maximize their productivity,” explained Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Off-Road in announcing the new all-electric UTV offering. “RANGER XP Kinetic unlocks the benefits of electrification to enable these customers to drive efficiency and get more done, giving them the power to do more than ever before.” According to Menneto, the electric powertrain stemming from Polaris’ partnership with Zero Motorcycles establishes a new standard for UTV performance and productivity, delivering uncompromised capability, unrivaled durability and refined performance.

Polaris is so confident in their EV program that the Kinetic is backed by 1-year factory warranty, 3-year electric powertrain coverage, and 5-year battery coverage. Scheduled maintenance costs are expected to be 70% less than average maintenance costs for similar gas-powered vehicles because the electric powertrain does not require oil changes, filter replacements, spark plugs or clutch maintenance.

Additional claims include an industry-leading 110 HP and 140lb-ft of instant torque deliver maximum capability for confidently hauling and towing heavy loads. Speaking of hauling, the Kinetic comes with a 2,500 lb tow rating and the ability to haul an industry-best 1,250 lbs. It features a full 10-inches of suspension travel and a class-leading 14-inches of ground clearance, The stock rubber is 29-inch, 8-ply Pro Armor X-Terrain tires.

“Time and again, Polaris has demonstrated our commitment to rider-driven innovation, delivering what our riders need and want, going beyond what they imagined was possible,” said Mike Speetzen, CEO of Polaris. “Building on this rich legacy, we continue our relentless pursuit to create unmatched riding experiences and are partnering with Zero Motorcycles to harness the incredible capabilities of electric for our customers. The new RANGER XP Kinetic is a powerful example of this.”

RANGER XP Kinetic comes standard with a combined Level 1 / Level 2 EV charge cord that allows owners to charge from a 120V or 240V outlet. Factory-installed onboard charging rate is 3 kW for the Premium trim and 6 kW for the Ultimate trim. Both can reach full charge from 0% in as-fast-as 5 hours as equipped. With the available accessory onboard charging system, rates can be boosted to 6 kW for Premium and 9 kW for Ultimate for up-to 50% faster charge times. A 240V power supply is recommended for the fastest charging and can deliver over 4x faster charging than a standard 120V outlet. For customers looking for a 240V solution, Polaris has partnered with Qmerit, experts in EV home charging solutions, to make installation quick and convenient.

“Electrifying an already class-leading product is a very complicated undertaking, but with Polaris we had the advantage of starting with both the best UTV in the industry and a very talented and collaborative team,” added Zero CEO Sam Paschel. “The combination of Zero Motorcycles’ technology, our passion for electrification as a powertrain solutions provider, and Polaris’ dedication to consumer-led innovation has created an all-new electric Ranger that delivers an incredible rider experience.”

Reservations began December 1, but Dealers will be taking delivery of units in the Summer of 2022.

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