Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Central Arkansas
I am waiting for the day that the "hybrid" utv comes out. Since I mainly use mine for yard work and hunting. I would like the flexibility of having a 2-3 mile "quiet" mode that runs on battery and recharges when engine is running. That let's me use the fuel and engine to get close to where I want to be, but then can engage the electric motor to close in silently for the last 1/2 mile.
Since the other rangers use the CVT system, I can see this done as an opposing motor to the engine pulley, or an idler pulley in the cvt. When the motor is turned off, the electric can provide the power to the wheels in the transmission retaining the 4 wheel drive capability.
Our hunting consists of lots of traveling from place to place around farm fields that can be 1-5 miles from each stand. Then hunting for 30-45 minutes and then moving again. So this would be perfect for us.