By Andrew Liszewski
If you thought electric cars have been slow to catch on, you might want to check out the market for electric ATVs. Unless you’re willing to settle for a mostly plastic ‘Power Wheels’ model, there’s not a wide selection out there. In fact the HOMO AE4 from the Hello-Motor Vehicle company (which I assume was shortened to ‘HOMO’) is the first electric ATV I’ve ever seen. And to be honest I think I know why they’re not so popular.
The AE4 uses a 450w electric motor which provides a top speed of about 25 km/h. When you factor in the lead-acid rechargeable battery has a range of 30km, you’ll get about an hour of riding at top speed before you need to recharge. So if you’re a fan of off-roading in the woods, you better hope you can find a tree with an AC outlet at some point. And even if you do, you might as well set up camp since the battery takes about 6-8 hours to recharge.
If anyone can find a price for this thing, I’m definitely curious.