Barefoot Motors, a clean technology company located in San Francisco, California, is building an all-electric all terrain vehicle (ATV) that the company has dubbed the Earth Utility Vehicle. Described as eco-friendly, quieter, and comfortable to ride, the Earth Utility Vehicle is designed for agricultural and industrial applications. The vehicle prototype is currently achieving 30-40 miles on a single charge.
“As far as air quality goes, replacing one conventional ATV with the Model One is like taking four cars off the road,” said Melissa Brandao, co-founder of Barefoot Motors, in a blog interview.
The founders decided to develop Earth Utility Vehicles after researching the industry and seeing the possibility of success. Heavy-duty ATV use is an $8 billion global market and is growing by 6 percent a year with the average farmer owning more than five of the vehicles.
Barefoot Motors will build approximately 150 of the vehicles next year and acknowledges that a green ATV will initially be costlier than a conventional model. The Earth Utility Vehicles will initially sell for $12,000-$15,000 instead of the $9,000-$10,000 charged for conventional ATVs. However, the savings on fuel will run at least $1,000 a year, maintenance is significantly lower, and there is a possibility of potential rebates or eco-friendly incentives.