Off road military vehicles manufacturer Polaris announced today it is ready to unleash onto the public roads their first electric low speed vehicle (EV LSV), to be used by the military, civilians and federal government agencies. Well, "unleash" is a bit of an overstatement, as the Polaris can only reach 25 mph (40 km/h)...
But, in the end, is not the speed that matters. The EV LSV is built as an electric off-roader, with a 1,000-pound payload capacity, 1,250 lbs. of towing and On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive.
Power for the tiny off-roader, which is based on the Ranger EV
platform, comes from a 30 hp 48-volt, AC Induction electric motor
and a battery pack which gives it a range of 50 miles (80 km)
– still, according to Polaris, the range can be influenced by driving mode, flat ground and driving conditions.
The Polaris features three operating modes, for different uses: High for speed, Low for towing and hauling, and Max for maximum range. The battery can be recharged via a 110 volt AC outlet.
“We are excited to introduce the Polaris EV LSV to the military market,
” Mark McCormick, managing director of Polaris Defense said in a release. “The features and superiority of our product will greatly benefit applications that require vehicles with on and off-road capabilities.
According to Polaris, which also manufactures Victory Motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVs, the EV LSV will be "the most-capable LSV available for military use".