Textron Off Road Introduces New Prowler EV Electric UTVs
Textron has a history with electric vehicles, as it is the parent company of EZ-GO. EZ-GO produces a host of electric golf carts and personal vehicles, so a fully electric off-road vehicle is a natural fit.
The new Textron Prowler and Prowler iS each feature a 72V battery system with six 12V heavy-duty deep-cycle batteries. This is the same system found on the EZ-GO Freedom TXT 72-Volt– the most powerful vehicle in its lineup. Prices for the new Prowler and Prowler iS start at $10,499.
Here is what Textron Off Road says about the new Prowler and Prowler iS electric UTVs:
Powerful, stealthy and eager to handle large loads and rugged off-road conditions, the new 2018 Prowler EV and Prowler EV iS from Textron Off Road deliver premium electric vehicle performance for a full range of riders.
Each Prowler EV is powered by a 72V battery system comprised of six 12V heavy-duty deep-cycle batteries feeding AC electric power to dual front and rear motors. The result is near-silent operation, ultra-low emissions and 25 percent greater efficiency than DC-powered vehicles. That means more time driving and less time charging.
Compared to gas-powered engines, which create a 30,000-sq.-ft. field of disturbance with noise and exhaust, the noise- and emission-free Prowler EV models let you get 85 percent closer to hunting game. Likewise, their silent operation means no noise impact to neighbors.
The top speed of each machine is 24.5 mph, with a 16 mph top speed when in the Max Range mode. Regenerative braking extends driving range, while the on-board charging system can recharge the batteries in 8-12 hours.
When it comes to off-road performance, the Prowler EV models are ready for it all. Full-time 4WD is paired with fully independent front suspension to deliver serious off-road capability and comfort. The Prowler EV has a solid leaf-spring rear suspension, while the more comfortable and capable independent rear suspension comes standard on the Prowler EV iS. Meaty 25-in. Carlisle Trail Pro tires deliver excellent traction, while four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes provide enhanced braking performance.
For added convenience, both Prowler EV models feature Intellibrake – an innovative, automatic Electric Park Brake that’s activated when the driver removes his/her foot from the accelerator pedal.
A contoured front bench seat offers comfort for two and is matched by the convertible rear-facing bench seat for four-occupant transportation. And with a maximum towing load of 1,000 lbs. plus a 400-lb. payload on the fold-down rear cargo deck, the Prowler EV models deliver the hauling performance that sportsmen and women demand. A new integrated glove box offers easy access to essential gear.
The Prowler EV comes with halogen headlights, while the EV iS model features upgraded LED headlights.
Both Prowler EV models are available in either black or TrueTimber Kanati Camo and feature an in-dash battery status indicator, a fold-down cargo deck, glove box, 1.5-in. front brush guards, impact resistant fender flares, a 2-in. (5cm) rear receiver, headlights and taillights. They also come with a 12-mo. warranty.
Textron Off Road Prowler EV/EV iS Specs
|Engine Type||72V AC Electric Drive Train|
|Battery||6-12V Heavy-Duty Deep Cycle Batteries|
|Gear Selection||Dash Mounted Direction Selector Switch (Forward-Neutral-Reverse)|
|Charger||Off-Board 72V Charger (Vehicle charge time 8-12 hrs. Results may vary.)|
|Front Suspension||Independent MacPherson Struts|
|Rear Suspension||Solid Leaf Spring (Independent MacPherson Struts on iS model)|
|Brakes||4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Intellibrake Technology|
|Parking Brake||Hand Actuated|
|Front Tires||25 x 8-12, Carlisle Trail Pro Tires|
|Rear Tires||25 x 10-12 Carlisle Trail Pro Tires|
|L x W x H||118.8 in x 53 in x 76.8 in|
|Maximum Ground Clearance||10 in (9.5 on iS model)|
|Weight||1,685 lbs (1,710 lbson iS model)|
|Total Capacity||840 lbs|
|Towing Capacity||1,000 lbs|
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