Electric utilty vehicle


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  • Looking for a four wheel drive electric buggy. Upgrading from golf cart. Any suggestions? Want it for spraying, hauling and general quiet riding, thanks, Bob
I've owned an upgraded golf cart with 4WD, locking differential & 2 speed tranny since 2013 and love the thing. But NY is a whole different world climate wise. Polaris has been making their electric side by side for quite a while now. I looked at one of those back in 2011 but felt like it was to early in the game for the money they cost. I would assume they've got it down pretty good by now. Polaris also has a newer electric version with lithium batteries but be prepared to dish out a whole bunch of money for that one. Check out the Textron E-Z-GO 72 volt 4WD they are now making from the factory. Big issue will be battery life in really cold, cold weather in the winter time. Down here, I can ride around all day on mine and still have juice when I plug it in at night. And one thing for sure...if it works out for you and you can charge where you leave it, you will love never having to grab the gas can and head to the store for fuel.
Thanks fot that. Going to Bass Pro this weekend to look at Textron. The 4wd drive good as we have a few slippery slopes that prevented travel last fall in rain and snow. Charging not a problem, just plug it in at barn. Bob
We have two upgraded golf carts and they pull the hills and WV anywhere we need. You hear good things about electric but with all the charging, cold weather etc we have always stayed away.
I have a 4x4 Bad Boy and an EZ Go Beast 2 wheel drive. I really prefer the Beast for most places I go. I've been thinking of selling both if I can find a good 4x4 replacement. That machine has been a good hunting buggy for 5/6 years now. I'll look into the Textron, it sounds interesting.
Thanks guys. We too have been using a en E Z Go golf cart for seven years but would visitlike 4wd for the mud/snow late seasons, Bob
I’ve hunted out out of Polaris. In cold temps, range is a huge limiting factor, particularly on steep inclines. For the cost, I prefer the predictability of conventional.
Hunt ve switchback. I’ve had it for 5-6 years. Gas and electric. Minimum problems.

Electric is a must have for low impact hunting imo. I wouldn’t even think about not having this transportation mode
Hunt ve looks good! Trouble is finding a dealer...Agreed that electric mode a must for us too. Thanks for the feedback on yoir machine, sounds good! Bob
Well our local Bass pro shop does not have any Textron models in stock and waiting to hear from Hunt ve. Apparantly this market area not important to either manufacturer. We see, Bob
I had 2015 badboy buggy hybrid I bought new. Gas/electric. had it for 6 months then got rid of it. I hated it. quality and design I thought was not good. I used mine in woods and on hills which was too much for it. Parts broke all the time on it. Maybe if you have level land with nice roads one would be ok. Just my 2 cents
Electric is the way to go when talking about deer / turkey hunting. We've got an older Bad Boy...it does the job so I cannot complain about it too much. Replaced batteries after 5 years...that's a chunk of change.
Thanks for input guys. We have fields, plots, trails and roads thru our 100 acres. Quiet is essential and charging batteries no problem, goes in the barn each night. Really like the hunt ve, not too high off ground (bad knees) and maybe the four seater, Bob
I found a local dealer for the Textron, but he was waiting on his first unit to arrive. By a fortunate coincidence he's the same guy that a bought my E Z Go from and I know them to be honest and proffessional. He has promised to bring it to me and let me try it on my place when it arrives which he said might be 3/5 weeks. I'm really looking forward to driving it.
Got a great deal on a four wheel drive two motor Bad Boy buggy here in NY about 50 miles away! Four passenger with new tires and batteries, thanks, Bob
I’ve hunted out out of Polaris. In cold temps, range is a huge limiting factor, particularly on steep inclines. For the cost, I prefer the predictability of conventional.

Tom, I think "steep inclines" is misleading; how about 80 degree drop offs and inclines(not measured of course,just a wild guess from someone not accustomed to driving up and down mountains). The "steep inclines" you drove up and down with your machine was flat out amazing to me. It seemed almost straight up and down sometimes. I could understand an electric not handling it at all.
Dave, you got to remember, I’m a misplaced westerner who some how landed in NY:). I’ve watched guides standing on the back bumper holding onto straps to keep a Ranger from rolling end over end when going down steep inclines....and the front bumper when going up. Although I don’t care for their reliability, I’ve seen well outfitted Rangers go places I wouldn’t have thought possible. As my western friends would say, those Catskills are just modest hills:). As long as it’s dry, my place is pretty easy to get around If the front differential lock is working....