The future of UTVs is electric - Fruit & Vine

The future of UTVs is electric

UTVs are a popular solution for fruit growers to get around, but until recently there have been very few alternatives to traditional diesel-powered machines. Electric Wheels says it is bridging that gap with a range of all-terrain, performance driven 4×4 all-electric UTVs available to hire and buy.

Benefits of going electric

As well as the obvious environmental benefits of zero emissions, Electric Wheels says you’ll find its range of electric UTVs incredibly quiet, providing the bonus of a more pleasurable driving experience.

The Electric Wheels range includes two models that boast features ideal for orchards and vineyards. Easy to drive and affordable to run, each model comes with its own 16amp plug and 13amp adaptor that will charge your vehicle overnight ready for the next day’s work.

The Nipper

The company explains the Nipper is designed for versatility – with a slim a nimble design that’s perfect for accessing narrow gaps between plant rows.

A cargo capacity of 200kg and towing of 750kg, along with its useful electric rear tipper, makes it an easy task to transport supplies. The 4×4 drivetrain will ensure you can tackle all terrains. Its 5kW motor has a top speed of 28mph and will run for up to 75 miles on a single charge. The Nipper can be fully road registered and there is also a choice of battery types – lead acid or lithium-ion.

The Runner

Another popular model with horticulturists is the Runner. This uprated 2wd buggy has a raised suspension, powerful lithium-ion battery, and upgraded tyres to deliver exceptional performance. It comes with either a short or long fixed bed and has a top speed of 15mph, achieving up to 62 miles on a single charge. The Runner is agile and easy to drive, making it the ideal workhorse for fruit growers, Electric Wheels says.


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