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Solar Electric UTV (Polaris sucks, Bad Boy Buggy sucks, Club Car wins)  RSS feed

 
Joe Braxton
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There have been people/companies doing the spring over/ atv tire conversions for quite a few years. They seem to give a stock golf cart the "something extra" that they lack. I like how this video compares a modified golf cart and a 4wd bad boy.

 
Jerry Ward
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I'm not following what the modification is to the golf cart.
 
Joe Braxton
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In the description on YouTube it has a limited slip diff. and an upgraded motor and controller. It also appears to have a lift kit of some kind and atv tires. Not sure what else they may have done.
It's kinda like having a 500 hp, 5000 lb., diesel monster getting out done by an 80 hp 4 banger willy's WWII jeep. Sometimes you can have so much power all you can do is spin your wheels. The driver of the smaller, lighter, less powerful machine will be forced to be efficient with what it's got in order to get through. Just my experience from having one of those WWII willy's.
 
joshua cockroft
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I dont know how many permies have heard of burning man festival. A week long art festival in the middle of nowhere on a dry lake bed, every year there is a gaint pop up city built on a empty site to desapair and leave no trace at the end of the week. During the event there is a lot of examples of off grid tech ( every year i help build a 20wk termporary solar array) also interesting desert shelters, radical example of gifting economy and awe inspiring art. Burning Man is far from a sustainable and no way a permaculture event but it's a very interesting event!
holy cow.. To my point there are many P.V cart being used as transportion.

check out this link and be mind blown
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paul wheaton
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I changed the subject line on this thread.

The bad boy buggy sucks too. I added some info into the first post of this thread to try to convey an overview of the four EVs that we have.
 
Barbara Clowers
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We are in Northern California. Looking for feedback on UTV side by sides. Interested in a electric model. I read the forum and the problems with them. Any new information?  We have experience with GEM cars in town. Thanks for any help. I am wondering if the gas models have the same problems as the electric. After all they should be using the same body and components. I agree they market to recreational users. We want simple and practical and reliable.
 
Neale Gray
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Hi, I am Neale Gray the manager of Milbay Australia.

You should find that electric versions of the UTV class will have less (and easier) maintenance than petrol/diesel due to the reduction in the number of moving parts but as discussed here performance is the key for viable commercial farm use.
As indicated in the forum title not all brands and models offered meet the performance and reliability challenge. From my experience electric UTVs can be equal and more powerful than petrol(gas) and diesel models.

Please have a look at some of the videos on Youtube Chanel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkcDV1CtFBj2pf6jhAJaAAH1j19c31cew there will be several more videos of the UTV both in use on working cattle properties and some video of the vehicle in use on soft sand published shortly.
The video below shows the MB-572UTV climbing a steep grass hillside and demonstrating the low gear engine braking feature.


I hope this assists.

Cheers from Australia.
 
Rufus Laggren
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Barbara

You might try contacting golf courses, (large) parks - any entity which oversees or maintains a large space. Country clubs. Small vehicles are used extensively for real work (not recreational). They serve maintenance crews, foreman etc. Large construction sites also use them. Your city may also have them (in a slightly different form) for parking and traffic enforcement. Evanston, IL, uses a small fleet for park patrols during the summer. Northwestern University uses lots of them for campus maintenance. San Mateo Harbor District, CA, uses them daily for maintenance and patrol. And then, of course, there's farms and ranches...

W/luck you can talk w/people who use them daily and throughout and over several years. Good chance for meaningful opinions on reliability, comfort, usefulness, etc. 


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Barbara Clowers
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I have a 2002 GEM car and had a 2006. Out city had several of them and I know something about the problems that arise. I'm looking at a Kubota which looks like it's meant for work not joy riding. I also found a John Deere gator that's electric. Their gas models are really noisy. I wish there was more information on durability and reliability.   I don't think a golf cart will work for me because of clearance. I don't have hills but I do have some riparian acres that are sandy and have hidden rocks. Thanks for your input.
 
Brian Edmond
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Hi Paul
       I experimented with golf carts years ago and found same problems as you, my solution was to redesign a new all purpose home/ farm electric vehicle that can do most of the small tasks around the home, very low maintenance, cheap and easy to operate, safe, could be run from solar, and operate my power tools or lights when not in use, I came up with this version of an electric garden tractor, it was so successful I called it "The Little Electric Tractor That Can" and made several short videos of things it does, to use power tools just add an inverter!
Links to my videos
hope you like them Little Eddie
Video #5  Ploughing Snow   

Video #4 Ploughing Veggie Garden 

Video #3 The Little Electric Tractor That Can! cutting grass  

Video#1 on youtube   
  
and 

 
David Livingston
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Hi Brian
are you selling these ? Conversion kits?

David
 
Brian Edmond
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       No I only sell plans for the average handyman to convert his old gas garden tractor to electric, I want to make kits when I have saved up enough money to buy parts in large volume, I was on Dragens Den, same as Shark Tank about 12 yrs ago but they would only invest if I had already sold several thousand,
Little Eddie
 
Coralee Palmer
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Where can we order the plans?
 
Brian Edmond
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Hi Coralee
              You can go to my website   electrictractor.net  for plans and more info on my electric garden tractor
Little Eddie
 
Todd Parr
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Brian Edmond wrote:Hi Coralee
              You can go to my website   electrictractor.net  for plans and more info on my electric garden tractor
Little Eddie


Thanks for posting the link.  I ordered the book, very interesting.
 
Maxime Thiffault
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I was looking into electric AVT recently and did'nt found any topics on that subject.

Does anybody tried or look i to these?

http://www.daymak.com/sasquatch/
The Sasquatch is availabke in Canada ( hey!)

I also just found this good read compare
- Polaris ranger EV
- Eco Electric ATV (E-Force) i really like that one
- Bad Boy Buggies XT
And
- Barefoot Motors

http://www.atv.com/products/electric-atvs-a-consumers-guide-1625.html

I'd like to read your tought about those E-force and Barefoot Motors if any have tried them.

Maxime
 
jim hughes
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got this out of the weeds for 500 bucks. 350 for trans, 250 for carb and rear main seal. The "Poobican" has been the best tool here. we live on a mountain so i need real 4x4 and I aint got razor doe... i lincoln locked it too. custom roof for off grid applications!
also the wheel base is similar, parts are cheap and plentiful, and it will pull my boat. I know its not electric but its cheap:)
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