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    help - Electric ATV conversion

    I have converted an 8x8 Argo to electric drive on batteries with great success. It will possibly be marketed by Argo in the near future.

    I'm starting to develop a conversion kit for used ATV's. It would use existing space on the quad, and would make the bike silent beyond 40 yards. (mostly tire noise up close, a little bit of electric whine).

    I expect the performance to be the same (torque, acceleration) with about a 30km (20mi) range on a charge. There could be an option for an on-board gas generator to increase the range

    I am curious in your opinions.

    If you could buy a kit for your old ATV for $2500, that you could install in an afternoon with basic mechanical skills, would you be interested?

    (I'm not selling any....yet, I'm curious about whether there would be a demand.)

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    Thats a cool idea. I think if you advertised that in some deer hunting magazines it would do very well. Alot of guys have an old 4 wheeler that has a bad motor and if they could turn it into a working electric vehicle I think guys would do it seeing how 2500 is alot less than a new quad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skmarsh77 View Post
    Thats a cool idea. I think if you advertised that in some deer hunting magazines it would do very well. Alot of guys have an old 4 wheeler that has a bad motor and if they could turn it into a working electric vehicle I think guys would do it seeing how 2500 is alot less than a new quad.
    Agreed and I wish you the best of luck and hope that you can get it marketed!!!

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    When you say "I expect the performance to be the same.", I have to assume that you mean the performance would be the same as a tired, old ATV from 20 years ago and a small motor.

    They are making 70 plus horsepower now and you aren't going to do that with the number of batteries that can be put in the limited frame space available.

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    It is all torque based.

    Electric motors produce max torque at low end unlike a gas motor.

    Roughly, an electric motor with 1/3 the hp of a gas will perform with the same torque.

    To convert to electric you don't just remove the gas motor, but the fuel, exhaust and cooling systems.

    You would be amazed at the performance of an electric drive-train.
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    I think it's a good idea in principle but what do you do if you're 10 miles from the truck and the batteries start running down, plug it into a current bush? No i wouldn't buy it for the same reasons I wouldn't buy an electric car. You can buy a lot of fuel for $2500. Now if I had a wrecked quad this might be an option. Does your system have a transfer case to drive the front and rear diff or do you utilize some of the existing driveline on the ATV?

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    What happens if you're 10 miles from the truck and you run out of gas?

    It's a simple swap of gas engine for electric motor. All of the rest of the driveline is still used. And batteries replace the gas tank, exhaust and cooling system
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    What happens if you're 10 miles from the truck and you run out of gas?

    Most modern ATVs carry a pretty good supply of fuel and can literally run all day. Riding 10 miles out and ten miles back would hardly put you in danger of running dry.

    Will your conversion be able to make that same claim?

    It's a simple swap of gas engine for electric motor. All of the rest of the driveline is still used.
    Most modern ATVs (Polaris is the exception) use a "Unit Construction" design where the motor and transmission are enclosed in a single case. Many also include the secondary (Low-High range) transmission and the transfer case that provides front drive in that same single case.

    Removing "The Motor" will leave you with a front and rear diff (sometimes rotating opposite directions), and nothing else. Some accomodation will have to be made to link the two together and attach them to your motor.

    It won't just "Bolt Up".
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    So far it has been an idea that I've been kicking around. If that's true then I've been making assumptions that aren't correct

    It may be more trouble than its worth.

    I was originally asking if there was any interest in an electric ATV to see if the idea was worth pursuing.
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