Vanderhall Motor Works Teases Off-Road EV

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Vanderwho? That’s Vanderhall to you, pal.

Vanderhall Motor Works, to be precise.

Once known for three-wheeled vehicles (think Polaris Slingshot), the company now has teased a four-wheeled and four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle called the Navarro.

No, it’s not likely a reference to a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or a member of the Trump Administration.

Like the Edison (one of the company’s three-wheeled on-road vehicles), the Navarro will be all-electric.

The Edison is powered by two 52 kWh electric motors, but there are no deets on the Navarro’s power specs yet.

Instead, we get a teaser video and a timeline for more info. Another release is scheduled for October 19, 2020 (that’s gonna be a busy week), with full specs and details set to be shown on January 4, 2021. The company claims it will start taking preorders in the summer of 2021, with the Navarro listed as a 2022 model.

The Provo, Utah-based company put out a statement.

“In an effort to provide new and disruptive products to bolster our dealer’s profitability, cement our brand’s status as the premium powersports manufacturer, and expand our total market share, Vanderhall is pleased to announce the Navarro as our next evolutionary model. The four-wheel, all-electric, off-road Vanderhall Navarro will have many groundbreaking technologies and firsts for any production powersports model,” said R. Scott Bell, Vanderhall COO

Since those technologies and features aren’t public, for now, check out the video below.

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Sep 15, 2020

    Wow, three wheels and off road makes little sense. Want less grips and more tips? Vanderhall!

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    • Aja8888 Aja8888 on Sep 15, 2020

      @SCE to AUX Yes, I did and it will be interesting!

  • Vulpine Vulpine on Sep 15, 2020

    Almost looks like Vanderhall is trying to break into the true automotive business. They've certainly got a following with their purpose-built off-road vehicles.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Sep 16, 2020

      @hdc: You left out the rest of that quote: "But you get what you need." "My love of all things automotive is still with me, but now I focus on what’s do-able and achievable." --- Which seems to be more than you think. I've been retired for roughly five years now and I'm still patient that what I want is coming within a reasonable time frame. Meanwhile, I have what I need and more. My mother lived to age 94, which gives me at least 28 more years of potential lifespan. I have no need to be impatient.

  • AVT AVT on Sep 15, 2020

    Just out of curiosity, I do have access to both a slingshot and a slightly older Vanderhall Venice (the standard model above the blackjack trim but below the GT). Legally, both these vehicles can be driven in almost every state with no helmet (though I would still suggest wearing them) and no motorcycle endorsement. Would anyone actually be interested in a review of one of these?

  • BCranes BCranes on Sep 16, 2020

    I get the "vaporware" concerns. Vanderhall makes the electric 3 wheeler...already. Build 4 wheel chassis, take 2 Edison drivetrains and you're in the UTV business.