ATV buyers guide 2014

EcoCharger

The perception that electric vehicles are worthy but slow, dull and boring is being challenged by a farm-based manufacturer and his growing range of EcoCharger quads.

Fred Chugg launched the two-wheel drive Dominator last year after putting out half a dozen examples for extended evaluation; it has since been joined by the four-wheel drive Eliminator.

The EcoCharger quads use mass-produced body panels and the chassis is also from an established quad design but heavily modified to accommodate the batteries and other electric drive components.

A military-standard electric motor is used and said to be 94% efficient, while regenerative braking puts juice back into the system when driving down a steepish slope.

Unlike the chain-driven two-wheel drive Dominator, the Eliminator 4×4 has shaft drive front and rear switchable between two- and four-wheel drive for steering lightness when extra traction is not needed. Lockable diffs at both ends add to the machine’s traction capabilities.

With the batteries mounted low and ahead of centre, the Eliminator is said to generate a lot of grip to exploit the high torque electric drive and the layout helps with stability too.

A four-speed transmission provides top speeds up to 36mph or so; range is typically 38 miles per charge, says Mr Chugg, depending on how much of the performance potential the driver uses.

Ingeniously, the 4×4 can be converted in about half an hour to a six-wheel drive machine with a tipping load box. The add-on section bolts to the chassis of the 4×4 and picks up drive from the crown wheel and pinion in the back axle; separating the two takes about 20 minutes, reckons Mr Chugg.

An electro-hydraulic pump and tipping cylinder dispenses the contents of the load box, which is stepped to extend over the quad’s load rack. The back and rear sides drop down when simple latches are released.

Other quad manufacturers are also giving their quads extra load-carrying capability – perhaps as an attempt to head-off growing sales of side-by-side machines, sales of which in Britain are expected to soon overtake those of quad bikes.

Can-Am Outlander 1000XT

Canadian manufacturer BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) is to launch its own six-wheel drive load carrier next year.

The Can-Am Outlander 1000XT is based on the marque’s latest generation chassis, extended to include a second driven rear axle carried on independent trailing arm suspension.

Drive is permanent to the two rear axles, with front drive being engaged when the rider needs it. An ultra-low gear for the belt and variator CVT transmission provides extra pulling power – the vehicle is rated to tow up to 750kg – and a locking front diff adds to the tractive capabilities.

Power steering with three levels of assistance will make life easier for the rider.

The sizeable flat load deck above the rear axles can be fitted with uprights for carrying logs and similar loads or clip-on sides and a drop-down tailgate. A large hidden drawer beneath the deck will be useful for stowing chainsaws and other vulnerable equipment.

Given that the vehicle is powered by a petrol-fuelled Rotax 1000 V-twin engine developing 82hp, the Outlander 1000XT shouldn’t lack performance. It also has a built-in security system with a key-activated immobiliser.

TGB Landmaster

If six-wheel drive is too big and too expensive, then perhaps the Landmaster from TGB of Taiwan is a better bet.

Cargo bed dimensions are quite generous – 900mm wide, 1200mm long and 280mm deep – gas struts assist when tipping out a load of loose material. Maximum load capacity is put at 210kg.

The TGB Landmaster 550 EFi / EPS has a 503cc single-cylinder petrol engine, four-wheel drive via a CVT transmission and adjustable power assistance for the steering system.

Disc brakes front and rear are designed to stop the quad when fully-laden, and it comes equipped ready for legal use on the road.

Arctic Cat 700 TBX

The new Arctic Cat 700 TBX is less of a load lugger but it does have a 135kg capacity tipping cargo box plus lidded compartments in the rear bodywork.

It is powered by the US manufacturer’s own 695cc single-cylinder petrol engine, driving through the Duramatic auto transmission, which comprises a centrifugal clutch that engages as engine speed rises; that means the primary clutch remains engaged with the belt at all times, which is said to reduce belt wear.

Selectable two- and four-wheel drive and front differential lock give levels of tractive capability suited to different conditions and there is electric power steering with three levels of assistance.

ATV buyers guide<

Make & model Engine/power Driven wheels Drive Weight Towing capacity Road legal? List price ex VAT
PETROL-FUELLED QUADS 120-350CC              
New Force Countryman 150 150cc 2wd 1f 1r CVT 170kg 170kg yes £1,749
Kymco MXU 150 RL 151cc 2wd 1f 1r CVT 175kg 150kg yes £2,166
New Force NF200 178cc 2wd 1f 1r CVT 176kg 175kg yes £2,165
Honda Fourtrax 250 S 229cc 2wd 5f 1r CCM 193kg 225kg no £4,010
Honda Fourtrax 250 ES 229cc 2wd 5f 1r CCE 193kg 225kg no £4,215
Suzuki Ozark LT-F250 246cc 2wd 5f 1r CCM 199kg 330kg no £3,749
Kymco MXU 300R 270cc 2wd 2f 1r CVT 220kg 227kg yes £3,333
Kawasaki KVF300 271cc 2wd 2f 1r CVT 242kg 227kg no £4,029
Adly Moto ATV-320U 272cc 2wd 2f 1r CVT 223kg 117kg yes £2,961
TGB Blade 325 287cc 2wd 2f 1r CVT 297kg n/a yes £2,999
Farr LH 300 ATV 275cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 286kg n/a yes £3,699
Quadzilla 325 4×4 310cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 335kg 400kg yes £2,722
Aeon Crossland RX350 346cc 2wd 1f 1r CVT 202kg n/a yes £n/a
Yamaha Grizzly 350 2wd 348cc 2wd 1f 1r CVT 243kg 500kg no £4,699
Yamaha Grizzly 350 4wd 348cc 2/4wd 1f 1r CVT 243kg 500kg no £5,469
Yamaha Grizzly 350 4wd WVTA 348cc 2/4wd 1f 1r CVT 245kg 500kg yes £6,249
PETROL-FUELLED QUADS 350-450CC              
Farr LH 400 ATV 352cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 286kg n/a yes £4,299
Odes Workman 400-A 359cc 4wd 5f 1r CCM 260kg n/a no £3,600
Odes Workman 400 2-4wd 359cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCM 320kg 385kg yes £4,000
Odes Workman 400 es 2-4wd 359cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCM 320kg 385kg yes £4,300
Kawasaki KVF360A 362cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 291kg 500kg no £5,579
Arctic Cat 400 EFT 2×4 366cc 2wd 2f 1r CVT 277kg 131kg yes £3,990
Arctic Cat 400 EFT 4×4 366cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 287kg 139kg yes £4,490
Suzuki KingQuad LT-F400F 376cc 2/4wd 10f 2r CCM 279kg 450kg no £5,749
Suzuki KingQuadLT-A400F 376cc 2/4wd 1f 1r CVT 285kg 450kg no £5,949
Aeon Crossland RX400 386cc 2/4wd 1f 1r 236kg n/a Yes n/a
Can-Am Outlander 400 STD INT 400cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 285kg 500kg no £4,416
Can-Am Outlander 400 STD EC 400cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 285kg 500kg yes £5,166
Can-Am Outlander 400 Max EFI 400cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 308kg 500kg yes £5,499
Can-Am Outlander 400 Max XT 400cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 308kg 500kg yes £6,249
TGB Blade 425 SL 403cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 330kg n/a yes £4,415
TGB Blade 450 SE IRS 403cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 364kg n/a yes £4,832
Honda Fourtrax 420 S 420cc 2wd 5f 1r CCM 237kg 385kg no £5,025
Honda Fourtrax 420 ES 420cc 2wd 5f 1r CCE 237kg 385kg no £5,230
Honda Fourtrax 420 S 2/4wd 420cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCM 256kg 385kg no £5,890
Honda Fourtrax 420 ES 2/4wd 420cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCE 256kg 385kg no £6,275
Honda Fourtrax 420 S PS 2/4wd 420cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCM 256kg 385kg no £6,195
Honda Fourtrax 420 AT 2/4wd 420cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCE 256kg 385kg no £6,705
Yamaha Grizzly 450 IRS 421cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 261kg 500kg no £7,099
Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS 421cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 268kg 500kg no £7,399
Arctic Cat 450 EFT 4×4 443cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 305kg 139kg yes £4,990
Arctic Cat 450 XC Sports Quad 443cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 297kg 139kg yes £4,990
PETROL-FUELLED QUADS 450-600CC              
Dalesman ATV 500 n/a 2/4wd 1f 1r CVT n/a n/a n/a £4,250
Dalesman ATV 500xtra 455cc a2/4wd 1f 1r CVT 271kg 550kg no £5,199
TGB Blade 460 R 460cc 2wd 2f 1r CVT 330kg n/a yes £4,165
TGB Blade 500 SL 461cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 364kg n/a yes £4,999
Farr HS 500 ATV 471cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 310kg n/a yes £4,799
Honda Foreman 500 S 475cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCM 272kg 385kg no £6,820
Honda Foreman 500 ES PS 475cc 2/4wd 5f 1r CCE 272kg 385kg no £7,260
Honda Foreman 500 AT 475cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 273kg 385kg no £7,035
Honda Foreman 500 ES PS 475cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 273kg 385kg no £7,565
Honda Foreman 500 AT PS 475cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 294kg 385kg no £7,335
Quadzilla Terrain 493cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT n/a 500kg yes n/a
Quadzilla 500es 493cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 349kg 500kg yes £3,403
Suzuki KingQuad LT-A500X 493cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 307kg 450kg no £6,699
Suzuki KingQuad LT-A500XP 493cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 302kg 450kg no £7,299
Cectek 500 EFI Gladiator 497cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 330kg 450kg yes £5,300
Kymco MXU 500i IRS 499cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 300kg 454kg yes £5,415
Polaris Sportsman 570 EPS 567cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 323kg 555kg no £5,999
Polaris Sportsman Forest 570 567cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 323kg 555kg no £5,999
Can-Am Outlander 500 STD INT 500cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 324kg 590kg no £5,999
Can-Am Outlander 500 DPS INT 500cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 324kg 590kg no £6,415
Can-Am Outlander 500 DPS EC 500cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 324kg 590kg yes £7,166
Can-Am Outlander 500 Max DPS 500cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 353kg 590kg yes £7,832
Quantum NF500L 500cc 2/4wd 1f 1r CVT 320kg 500kg yes £3,999
TGB Blade 550 EFi IRS 503cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 364kg n/a yes n/a
TGB Blade 550 SE IRS 503cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 364kg n/a yes £5,749
TGB Blade 550 LT 503cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 364kg n/a yes £6,249
TGB Landmaster 550 EFi / EPS 503cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 480kg n/a yes £7,000
Arctic Cat 550 H1 EFT 545cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 335kg 158kg yes £6,290
Arctic Cat 550 H1 TRV EFT 545cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 362kg 172kg yes £7,290
Arctic Cat 550 XT EFT PS 545cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 335kg 158kg yes £7,890
Arctic Cat 550 XT TRV EFT PS 545cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 362kg 172kg yes £8,490
Polaris Sportsman 550 HD 549cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 328kg 680kg yes £6,999
Polaris Sportsman 550 X2 EFI 549cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 362kg 680kg yes £8,599
Yamaha Grizzly 550 IRS 558cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 274kg 550kg no £7,179
Yamaha Grizzly 550 EPS 558cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 274kg 550kg no £7,599
Quadzilla RS6 EFI 594cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 350kg 750kg yes £3,743
PETROL-FUELLED QUADS 600-1000CC              
Kawasaki KVF650A 633cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 294kg 567kg no £6,589
Can-Am Outlander 650 EFI 650cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 329kg 590kg yes £9,083
Can-Am Outlander 650 XT 650cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 329kg 590kg yes £9,833
Can-Am Outlander 650 Max XT-P 650cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 356kg 590kg yes £10,833
Honda Rincon 680 AT 675cc 2/4wd 3f 1r TC 272kg 385kg no £8,680
Farr HS 700 ATV 686cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 319kg n/a yes £5,399
Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 686cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 277kg 550kg no £8,649
Arctic Cat 700 EFI 4×4 695cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 313kg 158kg yes £7,690
Arctic Cat 700 EFP PS 695cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 313kg 158kg yes £8,790
Arctic Cat 700 EFI TRV EFP PS 695cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 347kg 179kg yes £9,290
Suzuki KingQuad LT-A750XP 722cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 307kg 450kg no £8,500
Kawasaki KVF750A EPS 749cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 297kg 567kg no £8,029
Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI 760cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 336kg 680kg no poa
Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI 6×6 760cc a4/6wd 2f 1r CVT 481kg 680kg no poa
Can-Am Outlander 800R EFI XT 800cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 331kg 590kg yes £10,666
Can-Am Outlander 800R Max DPS 800cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 356kg 590kg yes £10,499
Can-Am Outlander 800R Max XT 800cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 362kg 590kg yes £11,249
Can-Am Outlander 800R Max XT-P 800cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 362kg 590kg yes £11,666
Polaris Sportsman 850 XP EPS 850cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 351kg 680kg yes £8,899
Arctic Cat 1000 Thundercat 951cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 350kg 178kg yes £8,990
Arctic Cat 1000 Cruiser TRV 951cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 362kg 178kg yes £9,590
Arctic Cat 1000 EFP PS 951cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 350kg 178kg yes £9,990
Arctic Cat 1000 EFP PS 951cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 350kg 178kg yes £9,990
Arctic Cat 1000 EFP TRV PS 951cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 355kg 181kg yes £10,690
Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT-P 976cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 345kg 590kg yes £12,083
Can-Am Outlander 1000 Max XT-P 976cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 371kg 590kg yes £12,582
Can-Am Outlander 1000 Max LTD 976cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 371kg 590kg yes £12,915
Can-Am Outlander 1000 6×6 XT 976cc 4/6wd CVT 515kg 750kg no £13,583
DIESEL-FUELLED QUADS              
Arctic Cat 700 Diesel TRV 686cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 383kg 181kg yes £7,990
Arctic Cat 700 Diesel TRV 686cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 383kg 181kg yes £7,990
Dalesman 840D 840cc 2/4wd 2f 1r CVT 395kg 450kg yes £6,995
ELECTRIC-DRIVE QUADS              
EQB EcoCharger EV Dominator 15kW 2wd DGD 389kg 300kg yes £7,445
EQB EcoCharger EV Eliminator 4×4 15kW 2/4wd DGD 490kg 500kg yes £8,995
EQB EcoCharger EV Terminator 6×6 ** 15kW 2/4wd DGD 650kg 300kg yes £11,500

KEY – Transmission: CCM – centrifugal clutch, manual gear change; CCE – centrifugal clutch, electric gearchange; CVT – continuously variable transmission (variator + belts); DGD – direct gear drive via electric motor; HYD – hydrostatic drive; TC – torque converter; 2wd – two-wheel drive only; 4wd – permanent four-wheel drive; 2/4wd – selectable two- and four-wheel drive; a2/4wd – automatic two- and four-wheel drive; n/a = information not available.


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