In 2003, the owners of American Outdoor Products (AOP) made the decision to sell electric utility vehicles. Due to the demand for a quiet hunting vehicle, the owners researched the availability of electric hunting vehicles and found only foreign made products. Shortly thereafter, AOP began retailing some of the foreign made products.
Almost immediately, AOP began experiencing significant problems with the foreign products. In fact every unit sold experienced a major problem and two experienced serious fire damage. By late 2003, AOP discontinued selling some of the vehicles. However, they continued to have a high demand for electric hunting vehicles.
In 2004, the AOP owners developed the design for what would ultimately become the Stealth all electric vehicle. With their strong mechanical & manufacturing backgrounds, the AOP owners were able to construct the first 50 units with components purchased “off the shelf.” These first 50 vehicles were sold in 2004 and were marketed to local hunters.
In April of 2008, the first Stealth product produced at the West Monroe facility rolled off the production line.
From April of 2008, thru December of 2008, Stealth Manufacturing LLC produced and sold approximately 600 vehicles, established 70 plus dealers and distributors in 28 states. Product improvements also continued; including a complete redesign of the vehicle’s front wheel drive system, rear suspension, and drive shaft. In addition, Stealth Manufacturing LLC initiated proprietary manufacturing of the vehicle’s suspension components, as well as design and production of a completely new aluminum frame.
In June of 2008, Stealth Manufacturing LLC entered into a television program sponsorship agreement with Primos Hunting Product regarding the highly rated, nationally televised hunting program “Truth about Whitetails.”
In February of 2009, Stealth Manufacturing LLC introduced the XR, extended range line. These vehicles established the “gold standard” for performance, range, and reliability. The 4x4 XR has an advertised range of 45 miles on a single charge and 55 miles per charge for the 4x2 XR. During testing, both models consistently outperformed the advertised ranges; the 4x4 XR traveled in ranges in excess of 50 miles per charge and the 4x2 XR traveled in excess of 60 miles per charge.
On February 22, 2013, Stealth Manufacturing LLC closed it's doors, leaving thousands of units in the field with no factory support. Stealth 4x4 acquired the inventory that was left in the Austell, GA manufacturing warehouse to provide parts support.
In July 2017, the intellectual property of Stealth Manufacturing was acquired paving the way to once again build the best electric 4x4 and 4x2 utility vehicles on the market.