New electric utility vehicle from John Deere
By Steve Mitchell
Extra comfort and convenience are provided by John Deere's new TE Gator utility vehicle, which is the latest addition to the T (for Traditional) Series range and replaces the existing E Gator electric model.
Powered by a whisper-quiet electric motor, the TE Gator offers a clean, durable and efficient option for a variety of amenity, turf and golf course applications, where users are concerned about noise levels and exhaust emissions in the workplace.
Featuring improved operator comfort with more legroom, adjustable seats, front-end storage and a cupholder, this latest model now has a forward, neutral, reverse switch on the dashboard, instead of the previous floor-mounted gearstick. There is also a new option of four-post ROPS or cab protection.
This four wheel, two seater electric utility vehicle has a top speed of 15.5mph and offers the same advantages as the established petrol and diesel Gator models: low ground pressure to help prevent ground compaction; a wide wheelbase and low centre of gravity for stability; simple, smooth and reliable operation; and easy access to all service points for convenient maintenance.
The vehicle's charger plugs into a 240V ac, 60hZ wall unit and draws the maximum amount of current allowed, to reduce charging time; the charger senses when the charge cycle is complete and shuts down automatically. The vehicle also puts an estimated three to five per cent of the full electrical charge back into the battery during a typical day's work - one charge should last the average user all day.
A special control slows the vehicle to a stop before changing direction, which puts less stress on the drivetrain and to leads to smoother operation. The TE Gator runs on hi-flotation turf tyres and can tow up to 272kg, with a total payload capacity of 408kg.
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