By on September 15, 2020

Vanderhall Navarro. Photo: Vanderhall Motor Works

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.

[Image: Vanderhall Motor Works]

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24 Comments on “Vanderhall Motor Works Teases Off-Road EV...”

  • avatar

    Vanderhall Motor Works abbreviates as VMW, and sounds remarkably close to BMW when said aloud.

    ‘Navarro’ is remarkably close to ‘Navara’ in both spoken and written forms, with the latter being a Nissan pick-up in most parts of the world.

    Imitation as a form of flattery is one thing, but, c’mon. Twice in one vehicle? Really?

  • avatar

    Wow, three wheels and off road makes little sense.

    Want less grips and more tips?


    • 0 avatar

      Apparently they weren’t around when the 3-wheel ATVs came out. If nothing else, a jobs program for tort attorneys.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, three wheels is asking for trouble. Good suspension would help. Then again, just get rid of two of the wheels:

      You need to review this:

    • 0 avatar

      Sorry, Corey. This form of 3-wheeler is much more stable than the old tricycle layout. The Morgan three-wheeler has been around for roughly 80 years and is still being manufactured, to the best of my knowledge. Moreover, there are numerous cycle companies making similar 3-wheelers for on-road use. The old issue was in keeping the weight between the wheels; with two in front and one to the rear, this thing is notably more stable.

      • 0 avatar

        Sorry V, on-road flat surface is very different to off road where there are many tipping opportunities, loose surfaces, etc. Four wheels always superior in such an environment.

        • 0 avatar

          On loose surfaces the single drive wheel of a reverse trike will always be loaded. With 4 wheels, two of the driving and an open diff one of the wheels can be unloaded and traction is lost. A limited slip can minimize that, but you need a locking diff (or fancy electronics) if you want to put all of the power to the wheel that has traction.

          However as SCE notes this has 4 wheels since it is an off-road vehicle they don’t need to classify it as a motorcycle to avoid regulations that apply to cars.

        • 0 avatar

          Doesn’t that depend just a bit on how it’s handled? Note that it is NOT all-wheel drive, ergo not a likely rock-crawling machine. That would be a desert or plains runner, which isn’t as likely to get into such situations as the old three-wheeler AWD cycles experienced.

          Of course, you are right about one thing: There are fools who would try, anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Did anyone actually watch the 30-second video? It’s a 4-wheeler, and the video is funny.

  • avatar

    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.

    • 0 avatar

      Just more vaporware. Anyone can claim that they will produce an EV, but actually delivery is a far cry from rhetoric.

      • 0 avatar

        @hdc: Considering that Polaris already has an electric off-roader/utility vehicle and this company (according to the article) makes the Polaris vehicles, your skepticism seems misplaced. I don’t think they’re claiming–yet–to be building this for the highway; it’s interesting that it looks far more like a roadable vehicle than a purpose-built off-roader. They aren’t the ones claiming-yet-to be entering the on-road market; it was pure speculation on my part based on the appearance of the 4-wheeled vehicle.

        • 0 avatar

          Vulpine, I don’t think my skepticism is misplaced.

          I bought in to the Rivian vaporware, and while it may eventually materialize, it will be long after I lost interest.

          My youngest brother in Biloxi, MS, now holds my reservation. And he is free to do with that reservation as he pleases.

          I suspect he may give it to his buddy in Huntsville who bought his Leaf years ago, if my brother chooses not to buy the Rivian himself.

          • 0 avatar

            @ hdc: I find it hard to believe you are so impatient. I know you are aware of my interest in trucks and you will hopefully recall that I waited over 5 years before buying the best available mid-sized truck despite the fact it is notably larger than I wanted.

            That said, this Rivian was announced only a little over three years ago and is expected on the market next year… so well under five years as compared to my “impatience.” Vaporware is vaporware until it isn’t and the information coming out now pretty much says the Rivian is no longer vaporware. Certainly the Rivian is far less vaporware than the Nikola, despite GM’s having ‘partnered’ to build their pickup truck which may still never arrive, considering the recent news.

          • 0 avatar

            Vulpine, at my age impatient is all I got left, and staying one step ahead of the Grim Reaper.

            I admit, I was suckered into making my donation. I allowed that to happen. But fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, well…. you know the drill.

            Once my wife and I settle down in one place for good, I’ll buy an ICE pickup truck for me, and whatever ICE vehicle she wants for her.

            And we’ll live happily ever after.

          • 0 avatar

            @hdc: “Fool me once, shame on me…”

            Hmmm…. I’m beginning to wonder who fooled whom. I’ve never seen Rivian as vaporware–not in the same sense as Nikola, anyway. The differences between the two companies were obvious… at least to me. Even after the GM “partnership” I still suspected something more along the lines of a ‘patent troll’ against Tesla far more than a legitimate attempt to build something–especially considering how they were marketing. And this was before I knew about this so-called ‘analyst’ wrote his report against them.

            Until recently, I suspected Lucid to be operating similarly since their financial backers kept bailing mere months after signing on. Lucid is beginning to look legit but I still have reservations.

            Rivian, on the other hand, comes across as actually trying to make the product more than suck in cash. Articles showing Ford pickup bodies on wrong-sized chassis as their ‘test mules’ suggested Rivian was much farther along in their efforts than skeptics wanted to believe, especially since Rivian wasn’t doing as much PR as Nikola or Lucid. They seemed at the time more interested in proving the concepts before pushing for public investment.

            Impatience? Hey, I’m retired myself and to tell you the truth I’m much more patient now than I used to be…though I was never one to rush into something until I understood what I was looking at. Not to say I was slow… I tended to be faster at what I did because I took my time and did it right the first time so I didn’t have to repeat the job. Even when I was in the USAF as an avionics tech, I could remove and replace an F-15 throttle quadrant four times in the book-allotted task period. That was training a new tech how to do it, too. That’s right, even following the book procedures to the letter, we unmounted, disconnected, connected the new unit and closed it up four times and still had shift time left over. My superiors couldn’t believe it despite the trainee later demonstrating it for them afterwards and the unit working perfectly within spec when completed. No rush… just doing it right. This was 40 years ago for me.

            Maybe it’s because I was raised in the Old South… where rushing around in that heat and humidity was simply a waste of energy.

          • 0 avatar

            Vulpine, for many people who worked all their lives and denied themselves much in the hopes of a richer retirement, getting what they want when they want it is very important.

            But, as Mick Jagger has so eloquently phrased it, “You Cain’t Always Git Whatchoo Want.”

            So what was important just a few years ago, now is no longer important and I have moved onto other things.

            My love of all things automotive is still with me, but now I focus on what’s do-able and achievable.

          • 0 avatar

            @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.

  • avatar

    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?

  • avatar

    I get the “vaporware” concerns. Vanderhall makes the Edison…an electric 3 wheeler…already. Build 4 wheel chassis, take 2 Edison drivetrains and you’re in the UTV business.

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