The battery life for the John Deere Gator XUV made by Peg Perego is around 25 minutes. I wanted to see if it was possible to double the battery life. After some research, I decided the best option was to add an additional 12v 12Ah battery in parallel. This would double the battery life without increasing the voltage. Increasing the voltage could damage the motor.
- 12v 12Ah battery
- Quick Splice Male/Female Wire Terminals
- Piggyback spade quick splice
- 10 Gauge Silicone Wire
- 26″ tie wraps
- Stripper/Crimper/Cutter tool
The first step was to locate a place to conceal the additional battery. Fortunately, the undercarriage of the gator contains two cavities that are the perfect size for the battery.
The next step is to remove the seat and run wires from the front battery compartment to the new battery. The foot pedal and center track panels pop which will allow wires to be concealed.
Next, the battery needs to be connected to the wires using female spade wire crimp quick disconnects. I used the yellow 12-10 gauge. Then, secure it under the seat using 26″ tie wraps. It is a little tricky because you have to run the tie wrap through before you secure the seat.
Finally, wire the original battery using piggyback spade quick splice and secure the original battery. Charging two batteries in parallel will take longer but your run time should be doubled. In the future, I may add an additional battery in the other spot under the seat.