Gorilla Electric ATV

We have owned a Gorilla Electric ATV since spring 2004 and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

We’re very impressed with how quiet, powerful, and reliable the Gorilla is. The only sound you hear is the crunching of the tires on the road, or the backup alarm if you’re in reverse. The exceptional low end torque let’s the Gorilla handle tough jobs easily. And it “starts” every time! No fiddling with fuel, chokes, cleaning spark plugs, changing oil, etc. Just plug it into a 120v outlet at the end of the day. At our utility rates, it costs about 5 cents to recharge the Gorilla.

 

We use it around our house and property for hauling, zipping up our 1/4 mile gravel access road to the mail box, pulling garden and utility trailers, moving our tent trailer around our parking area, and plowing snow.

The padded rear seat folds out to form a utility bed. The Gorilla can carry up to 650 lbs. We’ve hauled up to 20 feed sacks full of llama fertilizer. The Gorilla can tow up to 4,000 lbs! We’ve towed our full sized utility trailer, with renewable energy exhibits, in a local parade. We loaded the Gorilla and displays in the trailer and towed it to the parade site, then hooked up the Gorilla and towed the trailer in the parade!

One of our goals in getting the Gorilla was to plow our driveway in winter. Rick at Gorilla Vehicles modified an after market ATV plow to fit the Gorilla and we put it to the test. We’re very happy with it’s performance, and it’s fun. We have no problem getting our teenage son to clear the driveway!

While we are pleased with our Gorilla’s performance, there are limitations you should be aware of when comparing it to a standard gasoline powered ATV:

  • The Gorilla is available only in two wheel (rear wheel) drive and has a full slip differential (which means if one rear tire loses traction, you’re stuck.) With it’s exceptional low end torque, it’s easy to spin the tires going up hill on dirt or gravel. Adding weight over the rear wheels, by shifting your weight to the rear, adding cargo, or having another person sit on the back seat, helps improve traction. Traction is also a problem when plowing snow on a sloped, snow or ice covered surface. We added two 50 lb bags of gravel alongside the rear seat to help with plowing traction. The Gorilla does not have enough clearance between the rear tires and frame to use tire chains, but we've installed after market hub extenders to increase clearance for tire chain use.
  • The Gorilla has brakes only on the rear wheels. Either or both of the handlebar brake levers activates both rear brakes. The rear wheels may lock and skid when braking while descending a dirt or gravel surface. Again, weighting the rear and braking gradually helps avoid this. Caution is needed if you have a heavy load or are towing a load heavier than the Gorilla (500 lbs) downhill.

Recently, late 2009, we have learned of other electric ATV options, such as Bad Boy Buggys, and that Gorilla Vehicles are now available through Doran EVs (www.doranev.com)