Quiet, zero emissions, instant torque, small dimensions, low maintenance, can be charged on a normal home GFCI outlet
Older platform trim level, lower payload and towing when compared to the impending Electric Ranger, the least powerful model in the Ranger lineup
The Ranger EV continues on as a miniature workhorse for your property. Ideal for working during the day and charging at night, this zero-emissions vehicle doesn’t offend livestock or neighbors. With limited battery range, the Ranger EV may not be the best trail rig.
The 2022 Polaris Ranger EV shouldn’t be confused with the yet-to-be-released all-new Electric Ranger. The Ranger EV is the pint-size version that Polaris has been offering for the past few years. With a tiny but potent 30 hp electric motor, the Ranger EV tackles everyday small farm jobs with poise.
Updates for 2022
The Ranger EV doesn’t see any major updates for 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Polaris Ranger EV MSRP: $12,499
The Ranger EV jumps in price slightly, but maintains a higher average cost when compared to other gas-burning Ranger two-seat models. If you’re a hunter who requires camo, you’ll pay a $600 premium.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A single 48-volt high-efficiency AC-induction motor is fueled by eight traditional lead-acid batteries delivering 30 hp to a direct drive system that powers both front and rear axles. Polaris keeps the traditional on-demand AWD, 2WD, and VersaTrac turf modes. The onboard batteries are stationed under the bench seat.
The direct drive transmission utilizes “low-noise gears” that help to keep the Ranger EV much quieter than a typical gas engine. There are three power modes: High is for driving at top speed (limited to 25 mph); Low is for climbing, towing, and hauling; and Max produces maximum range. Polaris claims the Ranger EV is good for 35 to 45 miles on a single full charge. This, of course, depends on the use case.
The Ranger EV produces 113 pound-feet of torque and delivers it from zero rpm.
The Ranger EV shares its platform with the likes of the Ranger 500. While handling is very similar, it isn’t the same thanks in part to the full electric powerplant and row of batteries nestled under the seats. While weighing in more than a standard gas-powered Ranger, the little Ranger EV still scuttles around with ease thanks to small overall dimensions, capable independent suspension, and the 25-inch tires.
Hydraulic disc brakes with dual-piston calipers sit at all four corners of the Ranger EV. A hand-operated parking brake is located between the seats.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
The interior of the Ranger EV is simple. It shares its cab with the other smaller two seat Rangers. Neither the driver nor the passenger seat is adjustable. The steering wheel does tilt. Onboard storage is plentiful with spots scattered across the dashboard, including a large glove compartment and several cupholders. Two large storage trays help hide larger equipment under the seats.
The Ranger EV bed is rated for 500 pounds and doubles as a gas-assisted dump box. The Ranger’s rear box includes the Polaris Lock & Ride cargo system for easy installation of Polaris-branded accessories. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds with the included 2-inch receiver hitch.
A digital dash display monitors hourmeter, drive mode, DC outlet voltage, change cycle indicator, and battery life gauge. The Ranger EV also monitors the electric motor for temperature range and will notify via dash light if temperatures rise too high. An onboard system will protect the Ranger EV from damage if temperatures rise or fall to extreme levels. Lighting is handled by 50W headlights and LED taillights.
The battery charging system is located up front and can be accessed by lifting the hood. Polaris includes a charging cord that can be plugged into any normal home GFCI outlet. Polaris recommends charging any time the onboard batteries drop below 20 percent power.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
A one-year factory warranty is included with the purchase of every Polaris Ranger. Consumers can extend coverage up to five years with the purchase of a Polaris Protection Plan.
2022 Polaris Ranger EV Specs
|MSRP:||Starting at $12,499|
|Engine:||Single 48-volt, high-efficiency, AC-induction motor|
|Bore x Stroke:||N/A|
|Transmission:||Direct drive w/ low-noise gears|
|Claimed Horsepower:||30 hp|
|Claimed Torque:||113 lb.-ft.|
|Steering:||Manual steering rack w/ tilt steering column|
|Drivetrain:||On-Demand True AWD/2WD/VersaTrac turf mode|
|Front Suspension:||MacPherson strut; 9.0 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Dual A-arms, independent rear suspension; 9.0 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Hydraulic disc|
|Rear Brakes:||Hydraulic disc|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Stamped steel; 12 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Carlisle; 25×9-12|
|Bed Capacity:||500 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,500 lb.|
|Max Seating Capacity:||2|
|Ground Clearance:||10.5 in.|
|Turning Radius:||14.9 ft.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||1,762 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||Eight, lead-acid batteries; 35–45 miles/full charge|