Electric ATV Developed For Silent Search-And-Rescue Mission Enters Kickstarter Funding Phase

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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The new wave of electric mobility won’t be relegated to urban city streets; people will silently ride through the wilderness as well. At least, they will if the DRR USA Kickstarter campaign for its Stealth Electric e-ATV is successful.

The four-wheel all-terrain vehicle is powered by a single onboard 72-volt, 4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, which is good for a top-speed ride of 35 miles per charge. Plug in the optional second battery, though, and that range is upped to 65 miles — at top speed.

This is a cool claim. Oddly, however, DRR doesn’t specify what the Stealth Electric’s top speed is. We reached out to DRR for clarification. At the time of publishing, we’ve not heard back.

Although this electric ATV was originally developed for search and rescue, it’s easy to imagine this becoming popular with enthusiasts who want to ride in areas with either noise or carbon restrictions.

 

The ATV brand says the power output is equivalent to a 600cc displacement ATV engine. So, let’s presume the Stealth Electric can top out around 65 miles per hour.

Since the Stealth Electric is, well, electric, there’s no shifting—just twist the throttle and you’re off. This makes it easy to ride for all riders, novice or expert.

The DRR USA Kickstarter campaign for its Stealth Electric e-ATV ends on May 3rd, 2019. Its goal is $50,000. To date, DRR has only received $8,111 in pledges. So, it has a way to go to reach its lofty $50k goal.

Details are still a little scarce, but we have to imagine the Stealth’s performance will be adequate for all but the most power hungry riders.

 

It’d be really cool for this vehicle to be fully funded, go into production, and become a hit. There’s little reason why electric powertrains can’t permeate the off-road space.

Anyone who’s ridden an electric motocross bike can attest to the intoxicating throttle response of an electric motor, which offers 100 percent of its torque output at zero RPM. That means, these things are capable of virtually telepathic acceleration.

After all, feeling like you’re muscling an unbridled machine around on the trails is half the draw of riding these things. So, an e-ATV could make that sensation even more intense.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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