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  • Polaris Announces an All-New All-Electric Ranger UTV for 2022

Polaris Announces an All-New All-Electric Ranger UTV for 2022

The fullsize 2022 Ranger EV follows on the success of the 2021 midsize Ranger EV.

Mar 1, 2021
As electrification of vehicles becomes more widespread, it's not surprising to see vehicles other than trucks and SUVs benefiting from the technology. Polaris, a leader in the side-by-side utility vehicle market, has offered its midsize Ranger UTV with an electrified drivetrain for nearly a decade now. This current Ranger EV utilizes traditional lead-acid batteries and a 48-volt motor that produces 30 hp. The vehicle didn't lose any capability over traditional gasoline-powered units, with a tow rating of 1,500 pounds and the ability to haul 500 pounds in the bed. Now, for 2022, Polaris is taking things a step further and adding its fullsize Ranger model to the company's growing
EV lineup.
In September of 2020, Polaris announced an exclusive partnership with Zero Motorcycles, which manufactures pure electric street and dual-sport motorcycles. The 2022 Ranger EV will be the first side-by-side produced under the Polaris and Zero Motorcycles partnership and will be engineered and manufactured in the United States.
"Our rEV'd up strategy positions Polaris to help define yet another chapter in powersports innovation," said Mike Speetzen, interim CEO, Polaris Inc. "With the rising interest in electrified vehicles, we are investing in electrification in order to meet the needs of current customers as well as appeal to tomorrow's powersports riders. The all-new electric Ranger is our latest effort aimed at leading the industry forward in electrified powersports vehicles."
No other details are known at this time, but we can certainly speculate on a few things. By partnering with Zero Motorcycles, it's highly likely that the new fullsize 2022 Polaris Ranger EV will be more powerful than the current midsize model. It's also likely that battery technology will be more advanced than the current lead-acid batteries used by Polaris. We'd also expect to see improvements in both range and charge time for the 2022 Ranger EV. We would expect the current full-ize Ranger's towing and payload capacities, 1,500 and 800 pounds, respectively, to remain, as well.
"The strength of our partnership with Zero Motorcycles and our own investments in electrification R&D enable us to leverage advancements in electric powertrains and performance to drive the off-road industry into the future," said Mike Donoughe, senior vice president and chief technical officer, Polaris Inc. "This will be one of the most technically advanced off-road vehicles on the market and reinforces Polaris' position as the innovation leader in powersports."
It's certainly an exciting time for both the automotive and powersports markets as electrification begins to take hold and really grow legs. We can't wait to see all the details of the new 2022 Polaris Ranger EV, and to see what other electrified vehicles come out of the partnership with Zero Motorcycles.

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