6,000W amazing electric ATV
For those who have not yet had the pleasure (or misfortune) to explore it, we write a column showcasing some of the weirdest and most amazing electric vehicles, We have really bought some bizarre EVs that we found, some of my more misguided readers do not do stupid things like me and sometimes ignore my advice for real money that looks like fictional vehicles.
But this time one of my eager readers has surpassed me, finding something strange that we have not yet seen, and then believing in it for several thousand dollars. So without any farewell, check out his Wild-Looking 6,000W Standing Electric ATV … thing.
Lester (whose real name is not actually Lester as he wisely requested anonymity) is the way we find our own gems every week – we found this wacky vehicle by checking out the pages of Alibaba’s extensive electric vehicle.
He stumbled upon a four-wheeled, all-wheel-drive electric scooter with 6,000 watts of power. And in his own words, “I knew I had to have it.” Hi, I got there.
It began a three-month journey of uncertainty.
And like all journeys, it all started with one step. Or in the case of Alibaba Travel, single payment. Lester Frankenstein set a $ 3,500 purchase price for the electric ATV, along with another $ 200 shipping. This is a pretty low shipping price for a 10,000km trip around the world and would give me a little break, but we have seen such low shipping costs on large Alibaba electric vehicles, before that it was completely legal.
That $ 3,500 sticker price may sound steep in itself, but consider that the Wacky ATV was modelled after an Israeli military electric vehicle called the Ejrader. That all-terrain vehicle costs 5-6 times the price of this Chinese version, offering the same specs and performance as the original. At that price, you get something that can fly fast enough to bomb the stairs.
Paying for an electric four-wheeler was the easy part, it turned out. Finding out what happened next was a bit more opaque.
As Lester explained to me, there was radio silence from the company for about a month after the payment. Then one day he said his electric skateboard on steroids was loaded into a container ship and he had to submit customs forms immediately.
“What customs forms?” Exactly.
If you’ve never imported a vehicle from the other side of the world, congratulations – you’re in the same boat as 99.999% of the population (literally). And this means you don’t know what ISF forms are or what bonds you need to secure or what HTS code is. And yet all those things are actually critical to accepting your imports and when it finally comes, there will be no end to the massive fines business.
That is why customs brokers exist. They will bend you over the container and charge you what they need, but they will handle the heavy headache of all the things we don’t understand in common. So in a frantic search, Lester was able to pull the Customs Broker service online and find someone to get all his ducks in a row.
An additional fee of about $ 1,300, ie import tariffs and importer’s bond, plus a minimum $ 100 fee for the services of a customs broker.
But magic spells were displayed (perhaps even more impressive since Alibaba vendors stopped responding to requests for important information such as packing lists and other critical documents due to several Chinese national holidays or recent lockdowns) and the Lester’s Mad Max Electric ATV scooter was officially recorded and on its way.
The boat set sail for the US West Coast, though weeks passed between when the boat finally arrived on the California coast and when the scooter was finally available for pickup. This eventually led to the distribution centre, where Lester had to go himself and lug home. They rented a U-Haul trailer with a 5 × 8 foot cargo area that they figured would be enough.
At the distribution centre, their truck was not high enough to use the loading dock, so they had to pay another $ 50 to drive a ramp in a forklift. Word the Wise: When this happens to me, I find that the $ 20 suggestion for those close to the forklift usually helps to waive any official “fees” floating in the past.
When the cage with the electric ATV contraption entered the trailer, there was about an inch of clearance on each side of the opening. It may be good not to chill or a 5 × 8 foot trailer may be too small.
But Lester got his new party cart home and from there it was downhill. Almost. 400 lb. from the trailer. The last challenge is to get the crate. Once it muscles out, that’s when the fun begins!
The scooter worked like a charm and flew in a frightening manner up to an electronically limited 25 mph (40 km / h). Lester explained to me that the 6,000W of power divided between the four wheels makes it badly torque and the full-suspension design is a blast to ride.
The seller’s sales page shows a nearly 45-degree slope – 100% grade – as well as climbing stairs. Based on that, Lesters seems to be the real deal. Watch the video above for a seller’s director’s cut.
The centre of gravity is basically just inches from the ground, which means it is leaning harder and more stable in turns. There is also a seating option, but Lester says he only rides it in standing order.
Lester says he has used it mostly on-road to date, where large wheels and full-hanging curves are ideal for jumping curbs. Turn signals and mirrors also look like road-friendly additions.
But when he gets it off-road it seems to be a beast. It also has a ball that is pulled in the back so he can hook up the trailer and pull rocks or people use trailers for off-roading.
For those keeping the score at home, it turns out that the all-in price is near $ 5,000 by the time Lester’s driveway rolls through. It’s not cheap (and actually a bit cheaper than my mini electric pickup truck I bought from Alibaba), but it’s only a fraction of the $ 20K price of a real-deal standing electric ATV, the thing being torn down.
His summary of Lester’s own words paints an interesting picture for anyone considering following in his footsteps:
Overall, I’m impressed with what I’ve got and I totally bought another nasty gadget on Alibaba. I know more now than I did when I started. It’s a lot of work though – it’s not a regular online purchase and there is no guidance from the seller. I have learned that a lot of these complications are primarily related to the fact that they are transported by sea rather than air so people’s experiences can vary depending on it.
As usual, I would advise people who are hesitant to take a big risk like this from Alibaba. Easy to draw from fun (and exotic) vehicles with attractive specs and prices. But this is a wild ride full of twists and turns when you really start to put in your hard-earned money. And you always need more money than you initially expect.
For savvy people who want to live discreetly through reckless brave thrill-seekers like Lester and myself, stay tuned for the next entry in a weekly series of wild Alibaba vehicles that you love to hate or demand to own.