In September 2020, Polaris first announced its 10-year partnership with Zero Motorcycles, officially called rEV’d up. The plan was simple: Use fully electric powertrains developed by Zero Motorcycles to power a new generation of all-terrain vehicles and electric snowmobiles. On December 2, 2021, Polaris officially presented the first vehicle resulting from this partnership: the Ranger XP Kinetic UTV.
Moreover, from the start, Zero explicitly stated that this partnership alone apply to off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. That means anyone who’s hoping to hear about electrified full-size Indian Motorcycles will just have to keep hoping, for now.
Now that we have more than teasers for the Ranger XP Kinetic, what are the specs like for this first Polaris and Zero collaboration? The newly developed electric motor produces 110 horsepower, as well as 140 pound-feet of torque. The “dry weight” of the pre-production version is listed as 1,730 pounds, although, since this is an electric vehicle, the distinction between dry and curb weights is not really. also significant.
Polaris plans to offer the Ranger XP Kinetic in two versions: Premium and Ultimate. The towing capacity of both is rated at 2,500 pounds, while each can carry 1,250 pounds inside the vehicle itself.
Where the Premium and Ultimate models differ is the available charge rates and battery capacities. From the factory, the Premium versions can charge at 3 kW, while the Ultimates can charge at 6 kW. An additional charging accessory system can increase the charging rate for either trim level by 3 kW. All Ranger XP Kinetics can be recharged from 120V or 240V outlets, depending on the owners choice.
When it comes to batteries, the Premium comes with 14.9 kWh of lithium-ion battery capacity, while the Ultimate carries 29.8 kWh. Premium range is rated up to 45 miles and Ultimate range up to 80. Charging times can be as fast as 5 hours from an empty battery if you have a 240V outlet, says Polaris.
If you already own a combustion Ranger XP 1000, Polaris has specially designed the Electric Ranger XP Kinetic to be compatible with approximately 95% of the XP 1000 accessories. For Ranger owners who are considering switching to this new version, this is ‘is definitely good news.
Polaris officially opened orders for the Ranger XP Kinetic starting December 1, 2021, with actual shipments scheduled to begin summer 2022. Ranger XP Kinetic Premium MSRP starts at $ 24,999, while ultimate MSRP starts at $ 29. $ 999.