US Army tests electric all-terrain vehicle for tactical use

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The popularity of electric scooters is gaining momentum, and this is noticeable in various directions of transport. The latest development allowed the US Army to test a unique four-wheeled electric scooter called the EZRaider.

Testing is due to begin shortly at the annual Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE) in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The US Army uses AEWE to conduct a series of war games and simulation battles designed to give soldiers the opportunity to try out new and experimental equipment, usually weapons and robotics.

With a narrower design than traditional and 4WD ATVs, the EZRaider can negotiate obstacles in narrower spaces.

The all-terrain vehicle has a patented suspension with a long travel (50 cm), which allows each wheel to move independently both vertically and horizontally.

The high-positioned handlebar provides added stability and the off-road tires provide good traction on rough terrain. The electric drive allows it to run much quieter than gasoline ATVs, which can be a significant advantage in tactical situations.

EZRaider is available in a fairly large number of versions, the power of which ranges from 2.4 kW to 18 kW, and the battery capacity is from 1.7 to 3 kWh. In addition, there are options with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

The HD4 version has four-wheel drive, for the most extreme terrain, with each wheel connected to a separate suspension system, which provides independent vertical and horizontal movement. It has a payload of 167 kg, can carry two drivers (with an optional rear passenger seat) and has a range of 80 km on a single charge.

The HD4 also reaches speeds of up to 70 km / h, although this speed should not be expected to be achieved on most rough terrain — this is probably only road speed.

In addition to the EZRaider range of ATVs, DSRaider also manufactures ATV trailers designed to be towed behind ATVs.

Trailers come in a variety of sizes, with the largest also equipped with their own 3 kWh battery and two 1200 W electric motors, increasing the trailer’s load capacity to 250 kg. This expands the scope of the ATV — you can transport casualties or equipment on a trailer.

The EZRaider can also be folded down, allowing it to be stored in narrower spaces for storage or movement.

EZRaider was previously acquired for use by other military and police units around the world, including, but not limited to, US Special Forces, the Netherlands Armed Forces, the Israeli police, and the Border Guard.

Length x Width x Height: 170 cm x 74 cm x 135 cm
Folded height: 75 cm
Estimated dry weight: 130 kg
Payload: up to 200 kg
Ground clearance: 24.4 cm
Tires: AT 22 x 7-10
Battery: 60 V, up to 3000 Wh
Maximum speed: up to 70 km / h
Cruising range: up to 80 km
Brakes: hydraulic + regenerative, twin-piston calipers.

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