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The epic showdown between electric quad bikes vs. petrol quad bikes

The quad bike is emblematic of all-terrain conquering power. It can go anywhere. Like all vehicles today, they too have two power sources – petrol and electric. Petrol-powered ones are the classic ATVs we know and love, and the electric-powered ones are their cleaner and quieter counterparts. While both versions offer similar usability and thrills, they have unique differences that set them apart. If you were confused about which you want to buy, we are here to set the record straight by explaining the electric quad bikes vs. petrol quad bikes conundrum.

What is an electric quad bike?

Even Tesla wants in on the electric ATV market share. Elon Musk has revealed that the Cybertrucks will get an ATV as an optional accessory. Electric quad bikes have battery-operated engines powered by electric charging. They have fewer moving parts, low noise emission, and zero carbon emission. These require very little maintenance. E-quads have brushed motors and their power is measured in wattage or voltage. 

What is a petrol-powered quad bike?

Petrol quads have a regular engine with one or more cylinders. Increasing the capacity of the cylinders increases the power of the bike. You can also get electric start petrol quad bikes for no-hassle and quick starting. They have 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines.


Electricity is increasingly becoming a key vehicle technology that curbs oil dependency and fights climate change. With zero tailpipe emission, you are keeping your carbon footprint minimum with an electric ATV. As they do not burn fuel, no toxins or chemicals get released into the environment. Petrol quad bikes, on the other hand, rely on fuel to power them and release CO2 to the atmosphere when burning the fuel.


Electric quad bikes have speed limiters that limit excessive speeds. Usually, they have 3 speed settings. They also do not heat up as petrol quads do, so there’s no chance of anyone accidentally burning themselves on a heated bike component.


Petrol quad bikes need regular maintenance due to the number of moving parts. Checking the oil level, coolant level, brake fluid level, and brake level tension are essential regular maintenance checks. As these bikes use, various fluids you will also have to check for fuel/oil/water/brake fluid leaks. Replacing engine oil, the oil filter, radiator coolant, air filter, spark plugs are also necessary. There are also interacting parts to lubricate and more oil-generated grime to clean. However, it also means there is more flexibility to repair and replace bike components.

Electric bikes also need regular cleaning and inspection to keep them running in top shape. However, due to fewer moving parts, they require very little maintenance compared to their fuel counterparts. These make good contenders for a kids’ quad bike due to low maintenance and costs.


Fuel combustion in petrol quad bikes produces exhaust gases which get released through the exhaust system. This process is a noisy one, probably the most valid case against quad biking. You cannot ride petrol quads in residential areas as neighbours will complain about the noise. Farmers and forestry workers who use petrol quads might also experience animals getting startled due to the noise. Electric quads make little to no noise and do not pose a nuisance in quieter neighbourhoods. If you are a keen quad racer, the noise might become an incentive for the adrenaline kick.


When it comes to power, petrol quads have an edge due to their engines and higher cylinder capacity. They can go faster and longer. When you run out of petrol, you can always fill it up again if you carry some with you. However, electric quads need charging, and it isn’t possible everywhere. Aggressive riding can drain the battery of an electric quad faster. Electric charging takes several hours, whereas refueling takes minutes. A 1000W/36V e-quad can reach speeds up to 30HM/H easily, and charging times are getting shorter.


Electric quads offer instant maximum torque - the amount of rotational force an engine can apply. It becomes useful when towing heavy loads or riding on rough terrain. Petrol engines need revving to achieve torque and acceleration. Both bike types perform well for sporting and farming work.


Electricity is a much cheaper power source than petrol. Petrol-powered quads also need lubricating oils, brake fluids, coolants, and oil filters. Electric quads are compact and replace conventional moving parts with a motor and battery, cutting down complexity, maintenance, and costs. It’s easier to replace the battery.

Quad bikes are absolute workhorses and thrill companions, and whether you choose a petrol-powered one or an electric one, you get your money’s worth of all-terrain riding. Mini Bikes Off Road has an extensive range of the latest adult and kids petrol and electric quad bikes in the UK. And, you get free delivery on all orders over £ 100. 

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