Vehicle Eliminates Trade-Offs Using Unique Combination of Parallel Gas and Electric Powertrains
AUGUSTA, GA- Outdoorsmen no longer have to choose between the silent, odorless operation of an electric vehicle or the extended range offered by a gas powertrain. With the new Ambush utility vehicle from Bad Boy Buggies, they can do it all.
The Ambush features both a 48‐volt electric drivetrain and a 16 hp, 480cc V‐Twin gas engine, either of which can operate the vehicle independently in two‐wheel‐drive operation, or which can be operated in tandem for four‐wheel‐drive power. With a range of up to 100 miles, the Ambush offers the avid hunter a solution for longer hunting excursions where both extended range and low‐noise, odorless operation are necessary for a successful hunt.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Ambush to the Bad Boy Buggies line of products,” said Eric Bondy, vice president of the consumer value stream for Bad Boy Buggies. “This revolutionary vehicle brings pioneering technology into the outdoor industry, and eliminates the tradeoff hunters previously had to make between an electric vehicle’s silent operation and a gas‐powered machine’s extensive range.”
“The Ambush is the ultimate vehicle for hunters seeking range and power combined with low‐noise, zero‐emissions operation required to sneak up on a trophy kill.”
The Ambush will be available in both a four‐passenger model with a rear‐facing back seat, and a two‐passenger model with a 9.6‐cubic‐foot cargo bed. The vehicle provides three separate operating modes: rear‐wheel‐drive 2WD gas, front‐wheel‐drive 2WD electric, and 4WD with both gas and electric powertrains engaged. Operators can shift from gas to electric mode “on the fly” using a simple control integrated into the vehicle’s keyswitch.
An onboard computer coordinates the operation of the Ambush’s dual powertrains, ensuring that the gas and electric systems work together for maximum power and efficiency and making control easy for the driver.
Other standard features include:
a manually locking rear differential, which can be engaged in 2WD gas or 4WD operation, to help navigate the toughest terrain;
a momentary boost switch that offers immediate 4WD operation at the push of a button to power through the trail’s deepest ruts and eddies;
four‐wheel hydraulic brakes with a regenerative braking feature that recharges the vehicle’s 48‐volt electric drivetrain as the vehicle is in operation;
independent A‐arm front suspension with MacPherson struts to absorb the bumps and jolts of the journey;
front bucket seats to get driver and passenger to the blind in comfort;
a 2‐inch rear hitch receiver to tow implements and equipment ;
headlights and taillights to light the way at dawn and dusk, and a front brush guard to protect the vehicle’s finish in dense brush and on overgrown paths;
a blackout switch that immediately cuts power to vehicle lighting to allow for stealthy approach;
numerous safety features including a rollover protection system (ROPS), hand‐actuated parking brake and optional three‐point seatbelts;
25‐inch trail tires to provide surefooted traction on tough, muddy climbs.
To meet the specific needs or style of any owner, the Ambush can be customized with a wide variety of options and accessories including a winch, optional power bed lift, gun and bow racks, a dry‐storage compartment, ammo box, a weather enclosure, and a heater/defroster.
We are excited to share with you that Yamaha Golf Car Co has announced the introduction of Electronic Fuel Injection as a standard feature for all Yamaha Personal Transport Vehicles!!
Yamaha is the first golf car company to introduce this technology in this market! Yamaha has been manufacturing waverunners, outboard motors, motorcycles, and ATV with this technology for years!
There are many advantages to an EFI set up, but the most exciting for me is the elimination of the pesky choke cable! There are many other advantages such as:
- Cleaner burning with less exhaust emissions
- Smoother, more responsive acceleration
- No need to re-jet to compensate for higher altitudes
- The smallest carbon footprint of any gas powered golf cart
- Provides as much as 38% better gas mileage
RMI Golf Carts is one of the first dealerships to receive these units! We expect to have our first load sometime in the next 7-10 days! Please stop by our showroom and test drive the new Yamaha Fuel Injected Golf Cart!
The Bone Collector XTO is a limited edition vehicle, with a production run of only 500 units. That means a lot of unlucky, slow-moving souls are gonna be left in the dust. So cowboy up and get after it.
DECKED OUT: This XTO comes with a dash-mounted double gun/bow rack, seats embroidered with the Bone Collector logo and a limited edition plate stamped with the individual production number. Plus, the new roof with a fully integrated cargo rack lowers the vehicle’s profile to make loading and unloading easier. And a comfort-grip steering wheel absorbs the bumps of the trail for better control.
LIT UP: Green LED spotlights mounted on top capture everything in front of you, and the Bone Collector logo shines brightly on the front brush guard in the signature Bone Collector lime green.
DOWNRIGHT POWERFUL: In addition to the scary-good payload and horsepower, we’ve also added an extra grand to the winch, giving it 3,500 lbs of pulling power-all at your fingertips thanks to a handy remote control.
Introducing Exceed Hybrid Technology™, the fully integrated supplemental power source for E-Z-GO electric vehicles. This groundbreaking system, now available on the E-Z-GO® Freedom RXV® personal golf car and E-Z-GO 2Five® street-legal vehicle, allows vehicles to travel up to 150 miles on a single charge by supplementing the vehicle’s 48-volt electric powertrain with a small gas-powered generator.
The Exceed system adds a 6hp, 205cc gas-powered generator to the patented 48-volt AC Drive system featured on the electric Freedom RXV and 2Five. When engaged, the generator recharges the vehicle’s batteries on the fly, greatly extending the range that the vehicle can travel on a single charge. The system’s single-cylinder, low-emissions gas-powered engine meets all EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.
The Exceed system also features a 400-watt power source to allow for the charging and use of small electronic devices such as radios, mobile phones, and laptop computers. A standard 120-volt, three-pronged electrical outlet is mounted in the dashboard of the vehicle to allow for convenient use of such items from the vehicle’s cabin.
Exceed Hybrid Technology seamlessly integrates with your E-Z-GO vehicle for simple operation and a sharp fit and finish. All system controls are mounted in the vehicle’s dash within easy reach. The Exceed system itself mounts into the vehicle’s rear bagwell and is fitted with a specially designed cover to protect the system and provide a clean, integrated look.
In tests simulating real-world, “stop-and-go” use, a four-passenger, Exceed-equipped 2Five under an average load and traveling at a speed of 16 mph, was able to traverse 150 miles between charges. Actual distance will vary depending on numerous factors, including a vehicle’s load, weather conditions, the terrain, and any optional equipment installed.
Exceed Hybrid Technology will be available in August as a factory-installed option for the E-Z-GO Freedom RXV® personal golf car and on the E-Z-GO 2Five® street-legal vehicle. Existing owners of those models will soon be able to upgrade their vehicles with an aftermarket Exceed Hybrid Technology kit available for installation at E-Z-GO Authorized Dealers. To find your local dealer, please use the E-Z-GO Dealer Locator.
ELECTRIC GOLF CARS AND LEAD-ACID BATTERY CARE
Batteries: “RMI’s Three Rules of Battery Maintenance”
Rule #1: “Keep ‘em Clean.” (Keep the top of the battery cases clean and dry. Sprinkle some baking soda on the cases and rinse them off when dirty with hose water; clean the green corrosion off the battery posts and cables with a wire brush whenever corrosion starts to form. Treat the posts with spray terminal protector, not “axle grease.”)
Rule #2: “Keep ‘em Watered.” (Check water once a month in each cell. DO NOT let the electrolyte level fall below the top of the “plates” inside the cell! Use distilled or reverse-osmosis filtered water if possible, to remove harmful minerals from the water you put into the batteries. Do your final water level check after the batteries are charged, and fill only to 1/8” below the bottom of the neck of the filler cap opening. Over-filling causes the electrolyte to be ejected through the battery caps on to the top of the battery case.)
Rule #3: “Don’t let ‘em Freeze.” (This means keeping the batteries charged. A fully-charged set won’t freeze until the temp falls to -92F. A discharged set will freeze at 19F above. The best care for an electric golf car is to play at least one round of golf every month. If you cannot take your golf car out in the winter, check your charger every 30 days for a “green light,” and force a charge cycle by unplugging the charger from the car and plugging it back in. Make sure your “run-tow switch” is on tow whenever the car is not in use!
Charging Frequency: “Charge your car only Three Times!”
With modern fully-automatic chargers, your batteries like to be charged, and there is little danger of over-charging your batteries. Charge your electric car three times: “SOON, OFTEN, …. and at EVERY OPPORTUNITY!” Lead-acid batteries do NOT have a “memory!” When you get a chance, “double charge” your batteries—run a second charge cycle before using your car. Manufacturers call it “equalization charging,” and it forces a full charge on every cell. (Normally the charger shuts down when the battery pack meets specifications, and one or more cells are left under-charged). If you can “equalize” once every month, you are “getting it done!”
New Batteries: “Season” with care!
New batteries like to be “seasoned” if possible. If you can, just play nine holes before charging. Repeat for several days. And then play no more than 18 before charging, for as many times as possible. Always charge your batteries after play. The batteries will get better and better “run time” capacity for the first 50-100 charge cycles. Finally, remember to bring your golf car in at least every two years for a “discharge test,” which will often detect a faulty battery before you have to replace the full battery set.
Bad Boy Buggies presents its new Work Series of bedded utility vehicles, ideal for handling land- and game-management tasks on large properties.
Landowners, conservationists and game managers can choose from three different Work Series vehicles in a variety of configurations to meet the specific needs of their operation. Depending on the model, the Work Series offers vehicles with electric, gas or diesel powertrains, and two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive capabilities, at varying maximum payload capacities.
“With the introduction of the Work Series, Bad Boy Buggies provides hunters and outdoorsmen with a complete portfolio of vehicle solutions for both in-season and off-season use,” said Mike Parkhurst, vice president of sales for Bad Boy Buggies. “Just as our traditional 4×4 electric vehicle is purpose-built for stalking trophy game, the Work Series is perfect for managing property in the off-season to ensure conditions are ideal when game are in season.”
The Work Series includes the following three models:
• The Bad Boy Buggies XD is the largest vehicle in the line, with a total load capacity of 1,600 pounds and a 22 hp, 1,007cc three-cylinder diesel engine. The XD features user-selectable four-wheel-drive, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and a manually selectable locking rear differential that can be engaged in two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive operation, for maximum control and traction in loose terrain.
The vehicle’s 14.4-cubic-foot cargo bed can hold up to 1,100 pounds, and the vehicle can tow up to 1,300 pounds from its rear hitch receiver. A rollover protection system (ROPS) protects driver and passengers, and standard features such as a 12-volt accessory outlet and glove box make the ride more comfortable and productive.
The 1600XD also can be outfitted with numerous aftermarket options and accessories, including a front hitch receiver, vinyl enclosure, and a hydraulic power source to drive augers, plows, log-splitters, post drivers and other implements needed for chores.
• The Bad Boy Buggies HD is a versatile two-wheel-drive hauler, available with a choice of a 13 hp, 401cc, low-emissions Kawasaki gas-powered engine or a silent, zero-emissions 48-volt electric drive train. A standard 9.6-cubic-foot cargo bed and rear hitch receiver enable the HD to handle hauling and towing tasks with ease, and generous ground clearance makes the HD surefooted on difficult terrain. To meet the specific needs of any operation, the HD can be outfitted with options such as a 14.9-cubic-foot aluminum cargo bed, an electric power cargo-bed dump, and a front hitch receiver.
• The Bad Boy Buggies LD is a dependable, two-wheel-drive runabout vehicle for smaller tasks and chores on any property. The LD is available with either a 13 hp, 401cc, low-emissions Kawasaki gas-powered engine or a zero-emission, highly efficient 48-volt electric drive train. A standard 5.9-cubic-foot cargo bed, bench seating for two, and total capacity of 800 pounds make the LD an ideal choice for handling day-to-day tasks and transportation needs.
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Street Legal and Safety Equipped
As a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) the XTO LSV, Classic LSV XTO Safari LSV and LT LSV meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards required for LSVs (49 CFR 571.500). LSVs may be operated in most states on streets with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less!
The regulation of LSVs differ from state and state. You must comply with all registration requirements and rules of the road for your specific state. Prior to operating a LSV on the streets of a particular state you will need to register the LSV with the applicable state department or division as a motor vehicle, and must follow all rules of the road for that state.
Golf Carts are now very common all around the world. They are used as multi-purpose vehicles. They were meant to commute players inside the golf course. But nowadays they are used in shopping malls, resorts, retirement communities etc. E-Z-Go electric golf cart is one among the best manufacturers of carts. But there may be issues affecting the operation of these carts. Some of the troubleshooting techniques are given below.
1. A sticky accelerator is a problem when the accelerator of the cart is in the pressed condition always. This can be checked by listening to a clicking sound. Once the engine is on and the accelerator is pressed, a clicking sound is produced. This sound is heard only when the accelerator is pressed. So if you hear the sound, when you are not pushing the accelerator, then it might be due to sticky accelerator. In such cases contact a good mechanic.
2. Do you experience low pulling torque or power while driving inclined roads? Then it might be due to loose battery connections or low power battery. Securing them tightly can solve the problem. If the battery is drained out, then its best to replace them.
3. Always make sure you maintain the tire pressure constant at the required level. A low tire pressure can reduce the mileage and increase the load on the engine. The recommended tire pressure of an E-Z-Go Golf Cart is between 18 and 22 PSI.
4. Maintenance of the battery is very essential. If properly maintained, a battery can last upto 5 or 6 years. Clean the battery terminals and casing once in a while. Also maintain an adequate level of water inside the battery cells. Use distilled water to refill, in case the water level is too low.
5. Examine all the connections to and from the battery and other electrical fittings. Any loose or faulty connection can lead to malfunctioning of the E-Z-Go Golf Cart. Make sure to tighten any loose contacts using a wrench.
Tips & Warnings
Always wear protective gloves and safety goggles before conducting any type of troubleshooting. Make sure not to over-inflate the tires. Never leave the lights and other battery powered accessories in the ON state. It can deplete the battery charge.