Tropos Motors, a leader in the street-legal, electric low-speed (LSV) market in the United States, recently released the new eXtended Range ABLE XR.
Powered by a 26-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the ABLE XR sports four times more range than standard ABLE configurations, up to 160 miles, which is nearly three times farther than the closest competition in the electric compact utility vehicle (eCUV) market, the company said.
“Without the new lithium battery pack, none of this would be possible,” said John Bautista, founder and CEO of Tropos Motors. “Our customers are looking for eCUVs that can travel farther at higher speeds or farther with heavy payloads. The extra energy provided by the new lithium batteries makes this possible, as well as power for auxiliary features such as air conditioning, cooking equipment and medical devices.”
With the largest capacity battery pack of LSVs on the market, the ABLE XR can reach speeds of 45 mph or more, and travel up to 160 miles (at 25 mph), Tropos said, as well as tow a max of 2,000 pounds on public roads, or 3,000 pounds on closed campuses.
The lithium battery also provides enough power to air conditioning systems to keep drivers cool and comfortable during warmer weather. Like the standard ABLE eCUVs, the ABLE XR has the shortest turning radius in its class, the ability to swap bed packages within minutes, and a load sensing brake proportioning system, hill-hold, reinforced doors, full-length steel chassis, and a driver side airbag.
“At Tropos, driver safety is our top priority,” Bautista said.
“From airbags, to reinforced doors and enhanced bumpers, the ABLE XR offers more safety features than any other eCUV on the market today.”
The ABLE XR and standard chassis accommodates a variety of bed packages, from box truck and flatbed to sweeper and first-responder vehicles for firefighting and delivering emergency medical services. Both are also compatible with the ABLE Easy-Swap option, which allows for customers to change out their bed packages and transform the ABLE to suit various activities, throughout the day, week or year.
The Tropos ABLE XR is slated for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018.