Refusing to rest on its laurels, Vancouver-based ENVO Drive Systems, has unveiled an electric off-road quad-wheel vehicle.
The ENVO eATV is a “game-changer in the world of all-terrain vehicles,” according to a statement from the BC company, offering responsive acceleration powered by Lithium Ion battery packs.
Electric hub motors provide the “same performance as a traditional gasoline ATV” while being maintenance-free, ENVO says of its new vehicle, which—with a price tag just shy of $13,000—is initially being targeted at industry customers.
“We believe that working closely with our partner industries is the key to providing effective electric solutions to meet their utility needs while reducing their carbon footprint,” stated chief executive Ali Kazemkhani.
“At ENVO, we are committed to supporting and advising our partners through this process, and we look forward to leveraging their feedback to design the next generation of sustainable solutions,” he added.
With 3000 watts of power in the motor, the eATV can reach speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour, a spec sheet reveals. The quad has a maximum payload of 200 kilograms and a towing capacity of more than 300 kilograms.
According to Kazemkhani, ENVO eATV’s lightweight yet sturdy design positions it as an exceptional choice for military and other off-road capabilities.
For example, strong torque allows the vehicle to be “highly maneuverable and navigate challenging off-road terrain with ease.”
And because it produces no engine noise, the eATV can be used without disturbing nearby wildlife or livestock, making it an environmentally friendly option for those in the agricultural industry, among other uses, such as search and rescue missions.
It is also an “exceptional choice for military off-road capabilities.” The vehicle’s folding parts and stackable design contribute to practicality for military applications, enabling easier storage and transportation.
In April, ENVO launched its latest electric bicycle, the Stax, building on last year’s launch of the utilitarian Flex.
Unlike the utility-focused Flex, the ENVO Stax is “designed to provide riders with a natural and familiar riding experience akin to that of a traditional bicycle,” according to the Burnaby-born company.
Each new vehicle adds to ENVO’s micro-mobility kit as it looks to innovate the personal transportation industry and empower electric passengers.
According to Kazemkhani, “the new chapter of electric micro-mobility will be a combination of multiple niche mobility concepts each addressing specific applications from urban to rural, from on-road to off-road, and from sea to sky.”
Achieving such a goal is rather challenging and complex, however, so the BC tech company has outsourced some innovation as it seeks to collaborate with regional partners to improve and advance high-tech, low-impact transit options for everyone.
In October, ENVO Drive Systems launched Next Move, a design contest with the aim of encouraging creative minds to shape the future of sustainable personal transportation.
The objective was to “encourage leading minds to shape the future of the electric personal transport industry in various contexts of use, ranging from navigating the city to exploring nature.”
“Some niche riding applications—such as snow cycling, utility and cargo, kids and passengers, seniors and adaptive cycling—are not getting the attention from the micro electric mobility industry because of the small market size,” Kazemkhani has lamented.
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