Flambeau Outdoors Unveils Advanced Performance Electric UTV

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The Advanced Performance Electric (A.P.E.) UTV is the debut utility vehicle from Flambeau Outdoors, a company that has been supplying products for outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing for decades. Flambeau Outdoors decided to tap the automotive segment, and the APE UTV is only their first attempt in this niche.
Obviously, the noise ATVs and quads make is not the best thing when it comes to hunting and fishing, so Flambeau Outdoors' choice for going all-electric was only natural. Likewise, thanks to being almost dead-silent and with zero emissions, electric vehicles could be granted access to places where petrol-powered machines would not be allowed, this increasing their functionality.

The A.P.E. was introduced at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas as a pre-production unit. This means that the figures on its tech spec sheet might change when the A.P.E. reaches the mass production stage.

So far, Flambeau Outdoors offers this silent quad in a 48V version that draws power from an array of eight 6-volt batteries. The final trim of the UTV will be upgradeable to higher-spec batteries, such as Lithium ones. According to Flambeau Outdoors sources, the battery pack replacement costs start at $540 for a six-pack, and the company also makes sure that special battery maintenance routines are performed to prolong the life of the cells.

A top speed of 18 mph and a maximum range of 50 miles

The Flambeau Outdoors A.P.E. was built for the purpose and is not a derivation from golf carts or other similar vehicles, and its four operation modes are also designed to serve the intended use as well as possible.

The LOW mode allows for 100% torque and a 10 mph (16 km/h) top speed, while HIGH allows for 80% torque and an 18 mph (29 km/h) top speed. The third mode is MAX RANGE, and it provides half the torque but an estimated range of 50 miles or 80 km (in ideal conditions). A fourth mode is STEALTH, which limits the speed to 3 mph (5 km/h).

A.P.E. comes with four regenerative disc brakes and can produce a peak power of 26 hp. A full charge takes 8-12 hours, and the standard battery pack can hold just over 12 kWh. On-demand 4WD/2WD with front limited slip differential is standard, too.

With a weight of 1,550 lb (702 kg) the A.P.E. can tow 1,500 lb (680 kg) and has a 500 lb (227 kg) cargo bed capacity. Price and availability to be revealed soon.
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