What Is an Electric Utility Vehicle?

Lisa Steuer McArdle
Updated on May 29, 2022 · 3 min read
Everyone is talking about electric vehicles these days, but no one is mentioning the many surprising places that you can find them. For instance, electric Zambonis resurface ice in Canada
They were just one of the businesses that turned in their gas-powered utility vehicles for EUVs. They found EUVs, or electric utility vehicles, useful once they explored what they were and what they could do.

Electric utility vehicle vs. utility vehicle

According to Alké, farms are changing their big tractors for compact farm utility vehicles. These are vehicles made specifically for professional jobs.
The EUVs can have a high-capacity battery, a battery swap system, or a lithium battery with a quick charging system. The original utility vehicles had small gas engines, such as a four-stroke single cylinder.
Polaris points out that these EUVs can be used in a variety of enterprises. You can tailor them to meet the needs of your job.
The EUVs can do everything their gas-using counterparts can. They have the same payload capacity and dimensions. The battery can provide plenty of horsepower, such as the 30 hp in the Ranger EV.
Many can even climb the same slopes. Alké's EUVs can negotiate 35% inclines.

Electric utility vehicle benefits

EUVs are quiet, so you don't have to worry about shouting instructions around the farm or waking up guests when you drive by. It also makes it useful for hunting, as you can sneak up on game.
They don't belch gas, either. People can work close to the EUV without inhaling carbon monoxide. 
EUVs let you skip filling the tank with gas, which can add up to big savings over time. They are as easy to maintain as the utility vehicle too, so you don't have to worry about maintenance costs.
The biggest benefit of an electric utility vehicle compared to a gas-powered utility vehicle is its environmental impact. They produce less pollution and don't use up scarce fossil fuels.
The Ranger EV is a bit more expensive to buy than its gas-powered counterparts, but the initial cost may be offset by the other benefits.

What electric utility vehicles are available?

There are EUVs for agricultural jobs in vineyards, farms, and nurseries. There are electric utility vehicles made for landscape jobs and snow removal.
Airports, warehouses, and industrial facilities use specialized electric utility vehicles. They can transport heavy loads from one end of a facility to the other quietly and cleanly.
There are electric pickups, tail-lift trucks, and waste collection vehicles used in hotels and vacation spots. Double cab electric utility vehicles are available for driving guests.
Many electric utility vehicles are made to go off-road and negotiate dirt roads. They can be used for fun or to clean up large estates.
Many electrical utility vehicles are versatile. They have a simple design to which the manufacturer can attach tools such as plows and racks per your specifications.
Alké has small firefighting electrical utility vehicles and pressure washing electrical utility vehicles. They also have a handy electrical truck with tall mesh sides for transporting items such as beach umbrellas, bikes, and baggage.

EUVs need insurance too

It is up to you to decide if you want an EUV. If you do buy one, you might need insurance as smart as the vehicle.
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