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First Hybrid UTV Combines Gas With Electric Power
“Our new Landmaster 4-WD is the first true hybrid utility vehicle on the market. It combines the silent operation of electric motors with the power of a gas engine,” says Keith Hunter, Power Equipment Solutions LLC, Vandalia, Ohio.
  Unlike other hybrids on the market that are basically electric vehicles with a generator, the Landmaster comes with 2 separate drive systems. A 48-volt DC electric motor powers the front wheels, and a 650 cc gas V-twin Subaru engine powers the rear wheels. To get 4-WD you engage both the electric motor and gas engine simultaneously.
  The vehicle has four 12-volt 155-amp sealed deep cycle batteries and also a 360 cc, 12-volt battery for starting the gas engine. Two of the batteries are located under the hood and two under the seat. The engine is located under the seat. An onboard 48-volt, sealed solid state charger is used to start the engine.
  “The gas engine lets you drive fast on the road, and the batteries let you drive quietly without disturbing livestock or wildlife,” says Hunter. “You can run exclusively on battery power for up to 13 miles. For longer range travel, or when you just need more power, you can use the gas engine. It has a top speed of 22 mph and can go 90 miles without refueling. The 2-seat model can go up to 6 miles on battery power and 90 miles on gas.
  “A regenerative braking system helps recharge the batteries.”
  Optional features include front and rear lap/shoulder belts for both driver and passenger, 30-watt headlights, turn signals, mirrors, a 2-in. rear receiver hitch and a manual dump bed, windshield, and fold-down rear seat. The poly bed is constructed from structural foam with stake pockets and has a capacity of 400 lbs., with added storage located under the front and rear seats. Towing capacity is 1,200 lbs.
  Comes in red, green, white, camo or black. Base price is $9,900.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Power Equipment Solutions LLC, 165 North Dixie Dr., Vandalia, Ohio 45377 (ph 800 466-7149 or 937 890-7149; keith@powerequipmentsolutions.com; www.powerequipmentsolutions.com).

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