DRR USA has already designed gas-powered all-terrain vehicles, but now they’re moving on to much stealthier vehicles with the Stealth Electric ATV.
On average, an ATV releases more than 20 lbs. of CO2 into the air from just one tank of gas, according to DRR. They also commented on how loud ATVs can be, reaching up to 80 on a decibel meter. Now, the Stealth E-ATV is not only eco-friendly but eliminates the noise aspect. For this reason, the vehicle has been developed for search and rescue personnel, ecologists, and environmentalists, but it’s not limited to these core individuals since it’s designed for anyone to enjoy.
“I was watching a news clip about the search for a lost child; the vehicles were so loud,” says DRR’s Kim DeCuzzi, according to New Atlas. “With UTVs and ATVs and trucks – I thought – can anyone even hear a cry for help? There has to be a better way to do this.”
Although the prototype E-ATV doesn’t keep its charge for very long, it can travel up to 35 miles before needing a battery change. Additionally, the vehicle can reach 35 mph, and has a 72 volt, 4 kWH Li-ion battery unit that takes six hours to recharge. The company said riders can take along optional battery packs so their voyage isn’t cut short.
The digital dashboard also provides a reminder on how much battery is left along with the speed. There are four daytime lights integrated on the front, and turn indicators are currently being developed.
Don’t worry about this silent vehicle not being able to lug equipment around though. The front racks can carry 125 lb. of gear and the back racks can carry 240 lb.
Designed with AT25x8-12 front tires, AT25x10-12 back tires, and an adjustable dual a-arm suspension helps make for a smooth ride. In order to stop, four disc brakes help with this task.
If DRR stays on track, the Stealth E-ATV is supposed to start shipping in July.
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