Polaris classifies its ATVs as tractors

The new generation of ATVs, with the driver and passenger sitting side by side, resemble cars in some respects but they cannot legally be driven on public roads. Polaris has solved that problem.

“All the vehicles in our Ranger series are now classified as tractors,” says Bertil Tell of Polaris.

The tractor classification removes all regulatory question marks. To drive the vehicle on public roads in Sweden requires a tractor licence or the new moped licence.

As well as making roads more accessible to ATV drivers, Polaris has also invested heavily in providing more engine alternatives – or, to be more exact, alternative types of fuel. ATVs usually use petrol but now diesel is also possible.

The latest addition is the electric battery. Electric-powered ATVs have a performance close to that of their fossil fuel cousins. The power comes from eight 175 Ah batteries, which give a driving distance of up to 80 km. Top speed is 40 km/hour in true four-wheel drive.

So how are the vehicles recharged? Bertil opens the glove compartment and reveals the solution – an ordinary single-phase plug.

He says there is a reason why ATVs are being transformed into tractors and given more professional sources of power. Previously these vehicles were regarded more or less as toys.

“The desire to play passes after a few months, and then their owners realise these are work tools, and place the corresponding performance demands on them,” Bertil says.

“Just charge it by plugging it in and you can drive up to eighty kilometres,” says Bertil Tell of Polaris. Behind him is the diesel-operated version.
Underneath the seat are eight batteries, each 175 Ah.