"One cent per mile, up to 45 mph, up to 80-mile range"
Xtreme Green Off-Road Vehicles
By: Jim Weiss and Mickey Davis
Xtreme Green Products, Inc. is a Las Vegas-based, eco-vehicle company developing revolutionary, green electric-powered vehicles. In their police-security line, Xtreme Green currently makes a number of different, all-electric vehicles: two versions of their four-wheeler Police Pro ATV (all-terrain vehicle), the four-wheeler Transport Pro UTV (utility terrain vehicle), and the three-wheeler Sentinel PMV (police mobility vehicle).
Xtreme Green vehicles are designed with proprietary energy management systems and electric propulsion systems. All have the latest technology and battery systems to ensure the longest battery life, power, and range of any vehicles in their class. Each Xtreme Green product has all of the power and ability of gas-powered engines, but without particulate or noise pollution and no carbon footprint.
With almost 90 percent fewer parts than an internal combustion engine, these vehicles require dramatically less servicing. Additionally, by costing less than 1 cent per mile to run, the Xtreme Green vehicles use less energy than a gas-powered engine.
Police Pro ATV
The Police Pro ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) is capable of speeds of 45 miles per hour and offers a range of approximately 75 miles on a single charge. Law enforcement applications include the patrolling of city centers, airports, university campuses, off-road, rural parks, downtown, and rough terrain.
Its features include a 5KW 72-volt electric motor, with larger motors available as options; a ground clearance of 10.75 inches; standard 4WD with easy electrical switching to 2WD for on-the-road use; and a state-of-the-art, 100-amp hour, 72-volt lithium-ion (LFP) battery, with larger amp hour systems for longer drive times available as an option. Other features include a 2,000 lb electric winch and ball hitch receiver.
The systems include 12-volt headlights with standard high beams; complete police lighting; PA and siren package; directional signals, hazard lights, and side mirrors; key switch to turn motor on; total system off button; safety neutral switch while vehicle is standing still; and forward and reverse with lighted safety reverse switch.
Xtreme Green takes the Police Pro further with its Police Pro Extended ATV. It offers the features of the standard Police Pro, with a longer wheelbase and upgrades designed to add both power and range. According to Xtreme Green, it is the most powerful and longest range 100-percent electric ATV made. For example, it is capable of speeds up to 60 mph.
Purdue University Police Evaluation
The Purdue University Police Department in Indiana, a nationally accredited CALEA department, is staffed by professionals who use advanced equipment and techniques to perform their duties, and who handle and investigate reports of criminal activity. The police department is staffed by 40 police officers, with 25 student security patrol members.
According to Captain Eric Chin, his police department did long-term testing of an Xtreme Green Police Pro All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), an Xtreme Green Transport Pro, a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) and a Xtreme Green Police Mobility Vehicle (PMV) at a long weekend homecoming football game. At the game, their police officers were impressed by the visibility, extreme mobility in crowds, and the utility uses of the Xtreme Green electric products. Officers were able to respond safely to emergency situations.
Purdue University also hosted the Big Ten Law Enforcement Conference at which the police department collaborated with Xtreme Green in showing their all-electric, off-road products. The conference was attended by police chiefs and administrators, where they were given the opportunity to test the vehicles in an enclosed environment.
The Purdue Police found the UTV to be very flexible. “The UTV platform is very versatile; it can be used to transport supplies, yet it is equipped and maneuverable for patrol use. The performance of the UTV matches a similar vehicle powered by fossil fuel,” Capt. Chin said.
“I can't say enough about the ATV platform. The emergency lighting on this platform performs as well as one that is found on our squad cars. Using this vehicle in a crowded situation responding to a fight, we were able to maneuver through the crowd with ease and control. As a public relations piece, many students and visitors were approaching the officer and inquiring about the vehicle,” Chin indicated. “And the PMV is a solid single-officer mobility unit. The motor is quite responsive and handles well in turns. The elevated position of the officer allows for a wide field of view.”
The Sentinel PMV is an electric Police Mobility Vehicle designed to replace bicycle and foot patrol with a reliable, state-of-the-art, and efficient security vehicle that is totally green and is Star Wars-like in appearance.
The three-wheel design and the size of the vehicle will allow officers to patrol on sidewalks safely, as well as go through open doorways and climb 4- to 6-inch curbs when in pursuit or rushing to an emergency. In addition to its multi-terrain design, the Sentinel is also designed with sufficient storage units to allow an officer to carry the emergency supplies that might be difficult to carry on a bicycle or on foot.
The electric propulsion and energy management systems allow an officer to patrol at speeds up to 29 mph with a range as much as 80 miles per charge. With the internal charging system, the Sentinel can be recharged at any 110-volt outlet. The cost of less than one cent per mile makes the Sentinel a cost-effective and reliable alternative to traditional, fuel-powered security vehicles.
It is a one-person electric vehicle with a unique, compact, three-wheel design that allows the rider to easily enter buildings and clear interior doorways. The vehicle has direct drive with no chains or sprockets. Its low center of gravity gives it a level and secure ride, while shock absorbers and anti-fatigue pads make it smooth, safe, and fatigue-free to operate.
The PMV turns within its own radius for easy maneuverability. The hub wheel motor allows for quick pickup, and the vehicle can easily clear standard sidewalk curbs of up to 8 inches. Its lithium-ion battery system has a proprietary Energy Management System (EMS), and the long-life batteries can be charged 3,000 times with no discernable deterioration in performance.
As for other benefits, it has an internal charger for charging using any 110/220-volt outlet; comes with a complete police lighting and siren package; has ample storage compartments; hydraulic disc brakes; automatic parking brake engagement when rider dismounts vehicle; aluminum unibody frame; and forward and reverse.
Norfolk Airport Police
Norfolk International Airport in Virginia is open 24 hours daily, every day of the year. It is also a “green” airport, which means that it is recognized as a Virginia Green Partner. The airport, with 160 arrivals and departures a day, ranks in the top 15 percent of airports in the country. The facility’s police department has 39 sworn officers.
Sergeant Dan Sartorius of the Norfolk Airport Police, Norfolk Airport Authority, indicated they have one three-wheel Green Xtreme Police Mobility Vehicle (PMV). Their PMV is completely electric, so it can be operated inside the airport’s buildings, and like their patrol cars, it is considered a full-service vehicle.
It is highly maneuverable, and small enough to fit in elevators, do the check points, and quickly go wherever the police officers are needed. It is equipped with police emergency lights, but does not carry items like a shotgun or any other police vehicle-carried gun. The PMV costs 85 cents a day to operate, resulting in a reduction of the police department’s fuel costs.
As a one-officer vehicle, the PMV can even carry a member of the airport’s bomb squad dressed in a blast-resistant bomb suit anywhere in the airport or the surrounding area. This can save the bomb squad member a lot of walking in his heavy, cumbersome bomb suit.
The Police Mobility Vehicle also allows the operating officer to see over all of the patrons and vehicles operating around the general area. In addition, it provides a unique communication tool between him/her and the general public because citizens feel comfortable approaching and talking with the officer while he/she is on the PMV. This makes for a greater interface between the police and the public. Funding of the Xtreme Green PMV was paid for by asset forfeiture funds.
University of Illinois Police
The University of Illinois is the state’s most comprehensive public university. The three distinct campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield serve the people of Illinois through a shared commitment to their missions of excellence in teaching, research, public service, and economic development.
The 62 police officers of the University of Illinois Police Department, Urbana-Champaign, provide services for a community of approximately 53,000 people including undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty members, academic professionals, and staff members, as well as visitors.
According to Captain V.G. Frost, the department’s police officers operate two Sentinel PMVs, and they are very positive in their attitude toward these vehicles. They feel the mobility, speed and cost to operate at a rate of pennies per dollar compared to traditional, gasoline police vehicles are “fantastic.”
Other plusses: They don’t take long to charge, they can be used at sporting events such as football games, and there are very few places that the Sentinels can’t go, even fitting through doorways. The police department added no additional equipment; the officers only carry gear such as ticket books, no shotguns, etc. One of the PMVs was funded through the departmental budget, while the second was purchased for the police department by a university moms association.
Transport Pro Police Utility Terrain Vehicle, UTV
The Transport Pro Police UTV is a 100-percent electric, two-passenger vehicle, and one of the newest members of the Xtreme Green lineup of electric vehicles. Featuring a proprietary battery management system, the Transport Pro can travel at speeds up to 25 miles per hour with a lower speed governor built in, and offers a range of approximately 75 miles on a single charge.
The UTV is 113.5 inches long, with a wheelbase of 74.8 inches, ground clearance of 10.75 inches, and climbing capacity of over 30 degrees. It operates on a 100 amp-hour, 72-volt lithium-ion (LFP) battery propulsion system with proprietary Energy Management System (EMS), and larger amp hour systems for longer drive times are available as options. It has standard four-wheel-drive that easily switches to two-wheel-drive for on-road use, four-wheel disc brakes, and hand-lever parking brake. The long-life batteries can be charged 2,000 times with no discernible deterioration in performance.
Xtreme Green has a “green initiative” vehicle for nearly any urban or rural police use: 2-wheeler, 3-wheeler or 4-wheeler. In addition to catering to the police, the company also markets to the military, as well as security, consumer and commercial markets.
Xtreme Green Police Vehicles speed range
Sentinel PMV 3-wheeler 29 mph 80 miles
Police Pro ATV 4-wheeler 45 mph 75 miles
Transport Pro UTV 4-wheeler 25 mph 75 miles
Jim Weiss is a retired lieutenant from the Brook Park, Ohio, Police Department and a frequent contributor to Police Fleet Manager. Mickey Davis is a California-based writer and author.