Time to spend some fun in the sun with the Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic UTV
The Ranger XP Kinetic UTV was first announced by Polaris last year, and it looks to be a lot more than just an electric version of its gas guzzling Ranger XP brother. An off-road utility vehicle might be necessary if you own a small farm, ranch, or a sizable hunting property, making these all-terrain four-wheel drive vehicles a handy tool.
With an electric motor and battery in place of the gas engine and fuel tank, the Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic UTV is an improved version of the present Ranger XP. It has undergone specific reengineering to become an electric UTV, being the first product of the “rEVolution” collaboration between Zero motorcycles and Polaris.
Though small in size, it’s a tremendously powerful machine that includes a 110 HP electric motor sourced by Zero. The Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic UTV comes in two models: Premium and Ultimate. The Premium variant includes a 15 kWh battery while the Ultimate version packs in almost two times the former with 29.8 kWh. Both models deliver 140 ft lbs of torque and are powered by a 100V electrical system while its accessories are powered by a separate 12V system.
“We didn’t just want to hop on the electric bandwagon,” said director of product planning for Polaris, Chris Hurd. “We wanted to produce the best Ranger we’ve ever built.”
Located in the back of the Ranger XP Kinetic UTV is a 3’ x 4.5’ foot tilting cargo box that’s 12.5” inches deep with a max load of 1,250 pounds. An updated version of the independent double A-arm suspension found on the gas-powered Ranger XP iis included in order to accommodate the additional 355 pounds brought on by the setup of the electric powertrain.
The performance is superb on this little thing. With a range of 80 miles on the Ultimate variant, the Ranger XP Kinetic zooms when shifting the lever to high. Also, its lower center of gravity allows it to take corners with ease. The Ultimate also comes with a water resistant interior that can be simply hosed down for cleaning, even including its electronic panels.
Charging company Qmerit has become a partner for Polaris by adding a J1772 level-2 home charger for owners. This charger will be able to refill the battery in about three to five hours. The 2023 Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic UTV is available now starting at $24,999 for the Premium and $29,999 for the Ultimate.