Green Week: Barefoot Motors' Model One ATV takes you off roads, gas pumps

Barefoot Motors created the all-electric Model One Earth Utility Vehicle by first understanding that a green all-terrain vehicle needs to be as powerful and useful as a regular gas-powered ATV. Since the company's based in Northern California, most of its customers would be using them for actual work instead of recreation, in places like organic farms and vineyards.

The Model One provides all the high-performance, heavy-duty speed and torque necessary for everyday work while giving a smoother ride, lower noise, less heat — and zero fumes or carbon emissions. Replacing one gas-powered ATV with a Model One is like taking 4 cars off the road. Nearly a million new ATVs are sold every year. With gas in Barefoot's hometown selling at over $3 a gallon, the Model One could wind up actually costing 50% to 75% of the cost of gas-burning brethren over its lifespan.

Hit the jump for video of the Model One being road-tested by guest design engineer, Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman.

Via Barefoot Motors