Polaris Launches 100-Mile Electric Off-Road Charging Network in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
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Polaris Launches 100-Mile Electric Off-Road Charging Network in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Polaris and Michigan Launch 100-Mile Electric Off-Road Charging Network with $700K Grant - RANGER XP Kinetic off-road vehicles
  • Polaris and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have launched Michigan’s first electric off-road vehicle charging network.
  • Polaris secured a $700,000 grant in June 2023 to develop this network.
  • Polaris partnered with Yotta Energy to provide REV charging stations.

Soon, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will have an electric off-road vehicle charging network, made possible through a collaboration between Polaris and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Covering about 100 miles of scenic off-road trails, this off-road recreational vehicle (ORV) charging network allows explorers and adventurers to navigate the terrain effortlessly, and prioritize sustainability.


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In June 2023, Polaris secured a Mobility Public-Private Partnership & Programming (MP4) grant of $700,000 to develop an ORV charging network in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Today, this network spans over 100 miles of scenic off-road trails.

“It is an honor to mark the opening of this unique off-road electric charging network developed in partnership with the State of Michigan and the local communities along this trail system,” commented Andrew Chasse, Polaris’ Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships.

“Polaris and Michigan are connected in our efforts to bring exciting innovation and the latest technology to outdoor recreation. I’d like to thank the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in particular for allowing Polaris the opportunity to play a role in such an important initiative for the state and this standout milestone for the powersports industry.”

Polaris and Michigan Launch 100-Mile Electric Off-Road Charging Network with $700K Grant - RANGER XP Kinetic off-road vehicles

Michigan, dubbed the “Make-It State,” is celebrating this milestone as proof of its teamwork and progressive mindset. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is known for its stunning natural landscapes, from forests to lakes, and waterfalls abound. And collaborations like this one are helping Michigan be a leader in electric mobility.

Justine Johnson, Michigan’s Chief Mobility Officer, wholeheartedly embraces this collaborative effort.

“Working in tandem with Polaris to launch an electric off-road vehicle charging network in the Upper Peninsula, exemplifies how working through public private partnerships bring ideation to fruition in every corner of Michigan. We applaud Polaris’s effort to support the growth of a reliable EV charging infrastructure in one of Michigan’s favorite ORV riding destinations.”


Polaris teamed up with Yotta Energy, based in Texas and renowned for renewable energy storage, to supply the charging equipment. Yotta’s REV charging station is a versatile EV charging solution featuring integrated solar capacity and 120kWh of onboard energy storage. This setup can connect to the grid or operate autonomously, making it ideal for both remote wilderness and bustling city environments alike.


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As part of this off-road EV charging network initiative, Polaris also announced that Hamilton’s North Coast Adventures, a local Polaris Adventures Outfitter near Ontonagon, Mich., has become the nation’s first in offering a rental fleet of Polaris’ all-electric off-road vehicle, the RANGER XP Kinetic.

Recently launched, these rentals enable Polaris Adventures customers to experience the breathtaking beauty of Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula on The Pioneer ORV Trail using the latest electric off-road vehicles and utilizing the new off-road charging network.

Polaris and Michigan Launch 100-Mile Electric Off-Road Charging Network with $700K Grant - RANGER XP Kinetic off-road vehicles

Gray Rentz, Vice President of Polaris Experience, highlighted, “Polaris Adventures was started with the goal of helping more people experience powersports and discover new ways to enjoy the outdoors, and this launch of our first electric off-road vehicle rental experience in the country will continue to do just that.”

Polaris is improving the riding experience and also leading the way in integrating electric powertrain technology into all its products. Chasse elaborated, “Our approach to electrification remains centered around understanding where we can best incorporate EV technology to enhance the riding experience and provide an incredible offering to customers.”

Polaris and Michigan Launch 100-Mile Electric Off-Road Charging Network with $700K Grant - RANGER XP Kinetic off-road vehicles

“For utility customers, we’ve shown how electric technology can help us build one of the best utility off-road side-by-sides on the market, while data and insights from this effort in Michigan can help us refine our view on opportunities within the recreation off-road space.”

This is one of Polaris’s goals for the near future. Polaris plans to incorporate EV technology into all its products, using data and customer feedback to deliver exactly what customers want.


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