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EV Off-Road Tips for Summer

As the summer months are quickly approaching, many off-road enthusiasts are gearing up for adventures on their Off-road vehicle (ORV). Traditional ATVs require a different approach than our Electric ORVs, so taking the right steps is important in ensuring you make the most of your off-road adventures. Here are some essential EV tips and maintenance info from us:

Dashboard of our 2x4 EV Adventure

Know Your Range

Before embarking on any off-road journey, it's crucial to have a good understanding of your EV's range capabilities. Off-road riding typically consumes more energy due to factors like rough terrain, elevation changes, and increased power demands. Plan your route accordingly by checking the range of your vehicle in your owner's manual and mapping out your path.

The ranges for our vehicles can also be found on our website: EV ATV Comparison | DRR

Maximize Efficiency

To extend your EV's range while off-roading, practice efficient driving techniques such as gentle acceleration and avoiding steep or rough terrain. Your vehicles do not use power unless they are being driven, so there is no need to worry about wasting range while turned on and not moving.

Tire Pressure

Optimal tire pressure plays a crucial role in traction and stability, so adjust it according to the conditions you encounter. Lower pressures provide better grip on soft surfaces but may increase the risk of punctures on rocky terrain. Always be sure to check your owner's manual for proper tire pressure and adjust accordingly.

Battery Management

Demanding off-road conditions can increase the temperature of the battery and result in a degradation of battery performance and reduce the range. You can decrease the chances of over-discharging by taking breaks to allow the battery to cool down if necessary.

Choose the Right Gear

Along with wearing proper safety gear such as a helmet, goggles, close-toed shoes and proper clothing, also bring essential gear such as tow straps, traction boards, and a portable air compressor. Be sure to carry water, snacks, and emergency supplies in case of unexpected situations.

Utilize Driving Modes

Our EV Safari 4x4 and EV Pathfinder UTV have different driving modes to optimize performance and energy efficiency for different types of terrain. Experiment with these modes to find the settings that work best for your off-road adventures. Use 4x4 mode when necessary, such as if you were going through thick mud or rough terrain.

Learn from Experience

Pay attention to how your vehicle performs in different conditions and adapt your driving techniques accordingly. If you are driving in warmer/colder climates, battery range will be affected, so plan accordingly. Do not drive above temperatures of 110° Fahrenheit or below 32°.

Vehicle Maintenance

Although electric vehicles require significantly less maintenance than a gas ATV, you must keep up with critical components, such as the battery.

  1. Maintain battery levels: Make sure the battery is charged at a minimum of once a month to at least 70% capacity. Doing so will ensure that it does not drop under capacity.

  2. Inspect electrical connections: Off-road driving can vibrate electrical connections, potentially leading to loose connections or intermittent faults. Periodically inspect wiring harnesses, connectors, and terminals for signs of corrosion, damage, or looseness. Ensure all connections are secure and properly insulated against water.

  3. Follow pre-ride safety check and periodic maintenance chart listed in owner's manual.

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