With a 5KW Onboard Generator System By Rick Sosebee posted Aug 15th, 2014 at 2:36pm
Sometimes the best ideas simply need to be pushed into motion. For years manufacturers have tried to make their products more appealing to a broader audience and while some think about it, others give the possibilities a chance. Kymco is one of those companies and has recently pushed their ideas into a touchable and usable piece of engineered equipment.
For the model year 2015 Kymco brings to market quite possibly the start to a new generation of extremely work-friendly machines. If you need a mobile, off road capable UTV the 2015 Kymco UXV 500i +G may be worth looking at. This new UXV based side-by-side machine not only allows you to trail ride but works hard as well with an onboard generator system.
This onboard 5KW generator makes usable energy for electrical projects or tasks. The dash-mounted control panel offers the end user both 110 and 220 power receptacles and utilizes a large sealed ground fault style breaker to control the power. Up to four inline push style breakers keep the user from over loading the system at any given service port. The Kymco UXV 500i’s generator is provided its twist to make power from the driveline of the engine and has its own starting procedure as well as separate key. “With full digital monitoring and industry leading automatic electrical load compensation the UXV 500i G produces consistent, spike-free power under any condition.” Says Kymco. This generator is also fan cooled to keep the power production consistent and reliable. Of course the UXV 500i chassis is similar to the other UXV offerings from Kymco with the exception of the generator stuffed into the frame rails just below the front of the rear dumping cargo box. With all of the extra features of this G-Model taken into consideration you would think weight might begin to be a factor but the UXV 500i +G only weighs in at 1157 pounds. This is actually less than Kymco’s UXV 700i.
Getting to the heart of Kymco’s UXV 500i +G we find that it utilizes the 501cc fuel injected four-stroke engine for power. Driving this machine through the wooded trails at our South Carolina testing grounds proved that it has ample power for the average trail rider. This engine is also liquid cooled for heat reduction during long adventurous days on the trail. This engine puts the power to the ground through a belt driven transmission and offers low, high, neutral and reverse as well as an actual park gear. The driveline offers 2WD, 4WD and 4WD differential lock. This selection allows the driver to adapt the machine to many terrain conditions. While in 2WD the rear axle is open which allows the inside wheel to turn faster than the outside wheel. Kymco considers this their Tight Turf Control mode because it keeps the machine from trenching up your grass while turning left or right under power.
While on the trail the UXV 500i +G offers 12.2 inches of ground clearance. This means getting over root filled or rocky terrain will be much easier. With dual A-Arm independent suspension that travels at 7.5 inches on all four corners this UXV handles off camber or rutted terrain and sudden dips in the terrain well.
Fuel consumption had come to mind after carefully inspecting the UXV 500i +G and its impending drain on the tank from the generator usage but with a tank that holds 8.45 gallons you have plenty of time to run the generator before you will need to head back to the shop for more fuel! The Kymco team actually had a generator model sitting outside our meeting area that ran for the greater part of the day and seemed to just sip at the fuel gauge with impressive moderation.
This UXV 500i +G comes with a few extras that are worth a mention as well. First off, it only comes in red for now but you get a cloth top, full windshield and winch mounting plate with this model UXV.
The MSRP for the G-model is slightly higher considering this company thrives on an entry level, affordable sales model. At $12,999 the Generator equipped UXV steps up in the price range a bit. The generator brings an additional three thousand dollars to cost of this side-by-side and this was an area that brought some debate. One question was poised around the cost of the generator and how it could possibly be replaced with a stand alone, portable model that would simply fit in the bed of a standard UXV500i. This is entirely possible and would save the potential customer several hundred dollars.
Thinking in a direction of innovation and the fact that Kymco is thinking out of the normal realm of usable features is very intriguing though because it means they will eventually perfect this product. The process that it takes to build it will also be perfected in time as well, which in turn should bring the prices down to a more affordable level.
Standard Features include: 5kW Generator, Full Panel GFCI Protection is OSHA and NEC 2011 Compliant, Soft Top, Full Windsheild, Winch Mounting Plate, Tilting Cargo Bed and Dual Beverage Holder
Also includes a full Instrumentation panel with Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Clock, Gear Indicator, High Beam Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet