As most of us know, John Deere produces gas and diesel-powered equipment of all sizes to get jobs done in agriculture, construction, around the yard, on the golf course, and much more. However, did you know John Deere also produces equipment that’s powered by electricity? One such piece of equipment is the John Deere electric Gator™.
Most commonly known as the TE 4×2 Gator, this machine is powered by a 48-V electrical system and includes a number of features that are designed to make work on the property or in other parts of the outdoors a breeze. Let’s take a closer look at some of the features and benefits of the John Deere electric Gator.
Durable Frame and Cargo Box
This model’s arc-welded uni-body design provides the strength and longevity needed when taking on tough jobs. The deluxe cargo box is also made from a durable material (15 percent glass-filled polypropylene composite) that guards against dents and rust while eliminating the overall noise that’s produced during machine operation. The box’s tailgate can be lowered or completely removed from the equipment to make unloading material or cleaning out the box a breeze. When the cargo box is elevated, a prop rod (which is provided) can be used to hold it in place.
Powerful Drive System
As mentioned earlier, the TE 4×2 is powered by a 48-V electrical system that gives the unit the power needed to accelerate rapidly, climb inclined terrain, and haul cargo loads with consistent performance. Thanks to the separately excited controller, the Gator allows for:
- Dynamic braking
- Overspeed and roll away control
- Reduced reverse speed
- Speed control
- Key-off control
- Directional change control
Those thinking about investing in an electric Gator may be asking “what happens when it runs out of battery?” For this reason, the TE 4×2 has an Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)-approved charging device under the passenger seat. This means the operator can charge their Gator at any wall receptible, improving uptime and eliminating the need to travel back to equipment headquarters.
A vehicle ignition interlock system prevents the Gator from being driven while plugged into a charging station and the battery will automatically stop charging when it reaches full charge.
The John Deere electric Gator includes a number of the standard Gator comfort features, including:
- Side-by-side seating comfortably fits the operator and one passenger.
- Hip restraints that can be used as handrails when the terrain gets tough.
- High-back seat cushions that are adjustable and provide added comfort.
- Driver and passenger seats that both tilt forward for dry storage underneath.
- Glove box in the dash.
- Automotive-style controls.
- Key switch in the center of the platform.
The next time you’re thinking about what Gator might be right for you, think about the electric option. If you need more help deciding which model might be best or if you simply want to learn more about Gators, contact your local John Deere dealer.