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Barefoot Motors Model One Electric ATV Review

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Like the EUV Will be the Wave of the Future

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Earth Utility Vehicle (EUV) Model One Electric Quad by Barefoot Motors

Earth Utility Vehicle (EUV) Model One Electric Quad by Barefoot Motors

Matt Finley
In this day and age it's cool to be green, and that means using less fossil fuel. Barefoot Motors has taken the call seriously and are producing a comparable electric alternative.

Anything that's electrically powered catches my attention quickly. I've worked around high-torque electric motors all my life and I know where this electric vehicle "fad" is going.

What Makes the Model One Different

The Model One EUV is cool, new technology that works. The complete elimination of fossil fuel to power your ATV is one thing, but when you compare that with a strong power source that lasts more than just an hour or two, you're on to something.

The Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries in this EUV will last for anywhere from 3 to 8 hours per charge depending on the work-load. The engineering under the plastic ensures any changes to battery technology in the future will be easily adaptable to the Model One's current design.

It's got the potential to out-perform IC engines when it comes to utility ATVs and doing that whole work thing. The Model One's separately excited DC motors provide 40 horsepower, and electric motors are great for low speed, high torque requirements. They're several times more efficient than IC engines and have fewer moving parts.

The Model One is practical, especially in working environments like agricultural, industrial and emergency services. The small size and heavy workload gives it an edge over larger farm equipment. It's diversity and adaptability makes it great for factories and yards.

Hop On!

Earth Utility Vehicle (EUV) Model One Electric Quad by Barefoot Motors

Model One EUV Electric Quad

Matt Finley

I traveled farther than normal in order to get a test ride the Model One, so I had lots of time to think about what it would be like riding a quad this pioneering. But seriously, how much different could an electric motor be than an IC motor?

I've worked with 10, 20 and 30 horsepower electric motors for most of my life so I know what they're capable of. And even though Melissa Brandao, co-founder of Barefoot Motors told me exactly what to expect from the Model One's power train, when I first took off on the Model One it caught me more than slightly off guard.

When you hit the throttle you just go. No hesitation like you get with several fuel injected quads, no sputtering from the wrong air-fuel mixture on carbureted ATVs. No exhaust. You don't have to wind up the motor and dump the clutch to take off fast because electric motors have max power closest to zero RPMs. The most low-end torque you can get.

Yeah, I admit it, I laughed at myself under my helmet. But the "LOL" quickly turned to "WOW" when I realized that this brand new sound I heard was the noise from the tires in the gravel as it almost completely drowned out the purr from the electric motors. I'm sure this will get the attention of a few hunters out there because this thing is quiet!

While never having the opportunity to ride the Model One under any kind of load, I'm fairly certain given my familiarity with electric motors that it will do as good as any IC engine I've tried.

I think my biggest issue with electric power for vehicles is the charge time. We are basically forced to have a quick change battery system and buy at least two sets of batteries, but more like three if you want continuous usability considering the charge time for the batteries is about 1/3 the minimum range of a single charge.

Model One EUV Specs

Earth Utility Vehicle (EUV) Model One Electric Quad

Earth Utility Vehicle (EUV) Model One Electric Quad

Matt Finley
  • Motor: Dual Sepex Drive; governed to 40 hp
  • Controller: Dual 28 kW (56 kW peak) PWM; Sealed
  • Drive System: Both 4WD and 2WD models
  • Speed: 0-30 mph; can be governed
  • Voltage: 80V
  • Batteries: 100 AH LiFeP04; Manufacturer rated for 1,000+ cycles
  • Instrumentation: State of charge, Odometer, Speedometer, Clock, Run Time, ReGen indicators
  • Charge Time: 7 hours with 120V/15 amp single on-board charger (see options)
  • Brakes: Dual disc hydraulic front and rear
  • Descent Control: ARDeC (Active Regen Descent Control)
  • Range - Mileage: Up to 40 miles, depending on usage and terrain
  • Range - Seat Time: 3-8 hours work time
  • Suspension: Adjustable coil over double A-arm front; adjustable coil over swing arm rear
  • Tires/Wheel: 25x8 R12 front; 25x10 R12 rear
  • Max Tow Weight: 1,250 lbs
  • Clearance: 11.9"
  • Vehicle Weight: 820 lbs
  • Warranty: 12 months drive train, 6 months other
    Options:
  • Additional 12V outlet for implements
  • Quick-change 80V Battery Pack
  • Helmet (open face)
  • Rear Storage Box (24"x48"x8")
  • Stinger for hitch
  • Operational Savings: $5,000+ over 10,000 miles
  • $2,500+ savings on fuel
  • $2,500+ savings on parts and labor for engine maintenance
    Price
  • 4WD $12,900
  • 2WD $11,900

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