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E-Z-GO Introduces Exceed Hybrid Technology

July 14, 2011 Comments off

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.

RMI Golf Carts Battery Tips

June 8, 2011 Comments off

ELECTRIC GOLF CARS AND LEAD-ACID BATTERY CARE

A short check-list of how to take care of your electric golf car and its batteries, prepared by RMI Golf Carts

 

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.

Troubleshooting an E-Z-Go Golf Cart

February 18, 2011 Comments off

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.

LSV INSURANCE OFFERS SPECIALIZED INSURANCE NEEDED FOR LOW SPEED VEHICLES

January 21, 2011 Comments off

As the popularity of cost-effective and eco-friendly golf car, electric car, and ATV usage is on the rise, the insurance world has yet to specialize in coverage for it, nor are consumers aware of the specific coverage they personally need. LSV Insurance, LLC, the first independent insurance agency to specifically insure all forms of golf cars and low speed vehicles (LSV) has officially opened its doors.
They offer a full line of individual and commercial insurance for the LSV user, from personal auto protection to general liability and inventory coverage for dealers. With all 50 states now making low speed vehicles street legal, it is more important than ever that consumers are properly insured.

Proprietors Chad Boozer and Jerod Summer have founded LSVInsuranceLLC.com, an accessible tool for dealers and individual consumers to receive free rate quotes. The LSV Insurance, LLC team goal is to provide peace of mind for the LSV consumer. Many low speed vehicle owners do not realize their current homeowner’s and/or auto policy, even with extended liability, does not suffice and that there are additional restrictions and regulations in coastal vacation spots and resorts. To avoid these gaps, LSV Insurance, LLC provides that specialty coverage. Company president Chad Boozer adds, “We feel it is time to educate the public on the value of specified insurance for low speed vehicle drivers before it is too late, and accident or injury catches them unaware.”

As of today, LSV Insurance currently is authorized to provide insurance for such vehicles in SC, NC, and GA, and is in the process of expanding coverage, starting with FL and MI. LSV Insurance, LLC, stands behind proper training, vigilant driving and the peace of mind that comes with being fully insured in your Low Speed Vehicle.
For more information about LSV Insurance, LLC or to request a free rate quote visit http://www.LSVInsuranceLLC.com or call 803-708-4835. Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/LSVInsurance.

Source: Golf Car Advisor

Bad Boy Buggies Spec Sheets

December 3, 2010 Comments off

Bad Boy Buggies spec sheets for the following models, XTO, Classic, and LT. Click on the links below.

BBB_SpecSheet_Classic

BBB_SpecSheet_LT

BBB_SpecSheet_XTO

Top 25 FAQ’s about Bad Boy Buggies

December 3, 2010 Comments off

 

1. How far can I drive on a charge?

Test runs in ideal conditions have produced run times of up to 30 miles on a full charge; however, in typical hunting conditions which consist of a mixed terrain, realistic run times of 15 to 25 miles per charge can be expected. Terrain, weather conditions and payload directly affect the run time of all electric vehicles.

2. Where do I go for service work?

Take you buggy to any authorized Bad Boy Dealer for service work. We have a dealer locator on our website to assist you in finding a dealer near you.

3. How long does it take to charge the batteries?

It takes 8 to 10 hours to complete a full charge on the batteries.

4. Can I charge the buggy with a generator?

Yes, the Bad Boy Buggy can be charged with a generator. The generator must be a minimum 2500 watt output, however, a 3500 watt output or larger is recommended.

5. How do I change the fluid in the differentials?

To change the fluid in the differential you have to remove the pan from the bottom of the differential. After the fluid has drained, clean the old silicone from the pan edge and bottom of the differential. Apply a new bead of silicone, and reinstall the pan. Remove the fill plug from the bottom of the pan, and using an injector style pump, fill the pan with 12 to 14 ounces of SAE85-140 wt. gear oil, and replace fill plug.

6. How much water should be in the batteries?

The fluid level should barely cover the lead plates in the batteries. Fluid should ALWAYS be added before charging batteries, USING ONLY DISTILLED WATER. If the batteries are overfilled they can boil over when charging, or if the water level is too low, exposed plates can be damaged.

7. What size tires and wheels are on the buggy?

Standard tire size for Classic, Stretch and LT Models – 24 x 11 x 10 Directional Tread Standard tire size for XT Model – 25 x 10 x 12 Directional Tread

8. How do I add 12 volt accessories to the buggy?

Any accessories that require power must be run directly from the batteries, not spliced into other wires. DO NOT USE THE CHASSIS FOR A GROUND, as this will damage the electrical system of the buggy. All grounds must terminate at a battery.

9. Where do I order parts and accessories for my Bad Boy?

Parts and accessories should be ordered through your authorized Bad Boy Buggies dealer.

10. How do I locate my closest dealer?

Go to http://www.badboybuggies.com click on the Locate a Dealer link. There you can click on your state to find a list of dealers for that state.

11. Where are the fuses located on the Bad Boy?

On the XT Model, the fuses are located in driver’s side storage compartment. On all other Model Bad Boy Buggies, the fuses are located beneath the cup holder on the dash panel. You must remove the cup holder to access the fuses. To do this, press inward on the warning label plate, while pulling outward on the cup holder. This will release the 3 locking tabs, allowing the cup holder to be removed from the dash panel. The fuse box will then be visible.

12. How fast will the buggy go?

The speed of the 2009 model Bad Boy Buggy ranges from 18-22 mph, depending on the payload and ground condition.

13. How much water can I safely go through?

It is recommended that the Bad Boy not be driven in water deeper than the center of the axles, or 12 inches.

14. I am getting shorter than normal run time, what could cause this?

Assuming that the charger is functioning properly, the only two things that cause a decrease in run time are defective/weak batteries, or a defective cable or cable connection. A defective cable or cable with a poor connection will be hot to the touch after running the buggy for a few miles. A digital volt meter is required to detect weak or defective batteries. Batteries voltages should only be checked by qualified personnel.

15. Is there a technical manual available?

Service manuals are available on CD for $55.

16. I hear a humming sound when the buggy is on, is this normal?

This question should only pertain to the older “Series” units, with directional contactors. A slight humming sound is normal while the buggy is in operation. The high amount of voltage required to operate the system produces a slight electrical hum and is a normal characteristic of electric vehicles.

17. What is the towing capacity of the Bad Boy?

Towing capacity is rated at 800 lbs, with a 150 lb maximum tongue weight.

18. What is the Bad Boy load capacity?

Load capacity for the Classic and XT Models is 1000 lbs. Load capacity for the LT is 800 lbs.

19. How much air pressure should I run in the tires?

The recommended air pressure is 12 psi in the front tires and 14 psi in the rear tires.

20. My buggy will not run, who should I contact?

Contact your authorized Bad Boy Dealer for all service questions.

21. Where is the controller located?

On the Classic and LT Model, the controllers are located beneath the black plastic cover behind the front seat. The cover is secured to the buggy with five Phillips head screws. After removing the five screws, pull the cover toward the front of the buggy, which will allow you to access the controller. On the XT Model, the controllers are located at the rear of the battery compartment, underneath the front seat.

22. Where is the directional contactor (double Contactor) located?

This question pertains only to the “Series” units. Flip up the front seat and look to the passenger side of the battery compartment. There will be one battery by itself. Between this battery and the rear fender well is the directional contactor. It is low set with several large gauge wires attached to it.

23. Where is the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located on the buggy?

On the Classic Model, the V.I.N. # is located on the left side of the driver’s side storage compartment. The VIN will be printed across the bottom of a rectangular shaped silver foil tag, and is a 17-digit alpha-numeric number beginning with the letter/numbers “BBE514”. On the XT Model, the V.I.N. # is located on the “Warning Plate” mounted above the cup holder.

24. How much ground clearance does the buggy have?

Ground clearance is 16.5” at the frame.

25. What kind of oil goes in the differentials?

The differentials use standard SAE 85-140 wt. gear oil.

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October 21, 2010 Comments off

Energy effieciency report on golf carts

October 20, 2010 Comments off

NEW REPORT UNCOVERS ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF GOLF CARTS

Evaluation compares gas, electric and solar-assisted golf carts and shows electric golf carts
leading the way to better energy savings -

TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ – A new report, by the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), a multi-agency program led by the Toronto and Region Conservation, is shedding new light on the energy efficiency of gas, electric and solar-assisted golf carts. The report, released today, determined that gas carts were on average over three times less fuel efficient than an electric golf cart. In real terms, the difference in fuel economy between a gas and electric golf cart is similar to that of a Hummer H3 SUV and a Toyota Prius Hybrid car.1  Findings show that electric carts have 85 per cent lower fuel costs and produce one-quarter of the emissions of gas carts. STEP also determined that a solar-assisted golf cart isn’t the only solution when looking to reduce air pollution and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“We started this study with the assumption that the solar-assisted golf carts would be best solution, but what we’ve found is that electric golf carts are actually a better investment for golf courses both financially and environmentally,” said Ted Sherk, Project Co-ordinator, STEP, Toronto and Region Conservation. “The addition of solar panels to a golf cart can slightly improve performance and when we surveyed more than 50 golfers many thought the solar carts were a great idea which would help with a golf course’s green image. But aside from being a marketing advantage, the data in this study shows that electric carts can provide energy savings at a lower cost than the solar-assisted carts, by simply maintaining the carts in good condition.”

The team at STEP did a side-by-side field evaluation of two solar-assisted electric golf carts, two standard electric golf carts and two gas-powered golf carts at Bathurst Glen Golf Course in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Over a three month period, the study measured the carts energy use and associated Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, dependability, overall capital and operating cost, and golfer preference.

A solar-assisted cart might obtain an energy savings of 12 per cent over a conventional electric cart which is much less than manufacturer claims of 30-50 per cent. More importantly the study found that the energy consumed by the carts varied greatly, indicating that other factors relating to cart condition (e.g tire pressure, new bearings) or driver behaviour may be more important than the solar panels in determining overall energy consumption. The report concludes that a well-maintained electric cart, free of mechanical problems may offer better energy and financial savings than the purchase of solar panels.

“We supported this study because we felt it’s important for golf courses in Canada to get a true picture of what they need to do to become more environmentally friendly, ” Said Ryan McCutcheon, Bennett Golf Cars. “As manufacturers of golf carts we’re always looking for the best approach to meet the needs of our clients, and it’s interesting to see that going solar isn’t the best way to go.”

There are at least 179 golf courses within a 100 radius around Toronto, of which roughly 80 per cent are estimated to use electric carts, while the remaining use gas. According to the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program, if the 20 per cent were replaced with electric carts, this could reduce emissions by approx. 3.8 tonnes CO2 per day in an annual golf season, an amount roughly equivalent to taking 155 mid-sized gasoline cars off the road.

“The study is beneficial for golf course operators who are looking to green their operations in a cost-effective way,” said Joe Petta, Manager, Bathurst Glen Golf Course. “We recently achieved Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Certification, which is the highest level eco-certification a course can get for Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. Our next step is to take the data from the golf cart study to begin moving forward with a plan to bring electric carts to our course.”

The study was made possible by funding support from Bennett Golf Cars and TRCA municipal partners. The full report is available for download at http://www.sustainabletechnologies.ca

With more than 50 years of experience, TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA’s vision is for The Living City – where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at .www.trca.on.ca

EZGO Introduces the 2Five™ LSV

October 20, 2010 Comments off

(AUGUSTA, GA) — E-Z-GO®, a Textron (NYSE:TXT) Company, introduces the 2Five, its first street-legal vehicle designed for neighborhoods and public roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. The 2Five travels at speeds up to 25 mph and has a 48-volt AC electric powertrain, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and an on-board charger among other standard features, providing the perfect balance of eco-inspired living, safety and convenience.

“E-Z-GO is excited to offer the 2Five as a convenient, fun and environmentally sound transportation alternative,” said Kevin P. Holleran, president of E-Z-GO. “The 2Five is a perfect vehicle option for neighborhood road travel, running errands and for those who lead an on-the-go lifestyle.”

The 2Five meets or exceeds standards mandated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as additional standards of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for low-speed vehicles, or LSVs. LSVs must have a top speed of no more than 25 mph, and be equipped with certain additional features including a windshield, seat belts, mirrors and headlights and taillights. The vehicles are issued a vehicle identification number, like any automobile, and can be titled and operated by licensed drivers on most public roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less.

The 2Five includes four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes for superior braking and vehicle control. The windshield is automotive safety glass. Rearview mirrors provide the 2Five’s operator with clear sightlines to see nearby vehicles.  A complete automotive lighting package, including headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals, provides for visibility and safety on public streets. Three-point seat belts are designed to protect front and rear passengers. Radial tires offer superior wear and stopping performance. Vehicle maintenance and performance warnings are displayed electronically on the dash to alert the driver on the operation of key vehicle systems. In addition, a “rabbit/turtle” switch on the dash conveniently limits the 2Five’s speed to 14 mph when conditions require lower speeds, or to prevent turf damage in instances when the 2Five is being used as a golf vehicle.

Eco-friendly features include a 48-volt, zero-emissions electric powertrain that uses AC current. The electric drivetrain lowers vehicle noise and eliminates use of hazardous fuel and oil, and the 2Five’s AC Drive system requires less energy to operate than traditional DC-powered electric vehicles. Regenerative braking puts energy back into the vehicle’s batteries whenever brakes are applied to maintain a quality driving experience between battery charges. An on-board solid-state battery charger is energy efficient and makes charging simple. The 2Five’s foam seating is made of 100 percent recycled material.

In addition, the 2Five offers a number of convenience features, including a state-of-charge meter that indicates the amount of power left in the batteries, a 12-volt accessory outlet to provide electrical charge for mobile phones, mp3 players and other devices while on the go, and ample vehicle storage, including four large cup holders, locking glove boxes, and a storage area under the rear seat of 4-passenger models (with an optional trunk accessory for 2-passenger models.)

Like all E-Z-GO vehicles, the 2Five is manufactured in Augusta, Ga., at E-Z-GO’s world headquarters, recently honored as one of the top 10 manufacturing facilities in North America by Industry Week magazine.

The 2Five is available for purchase at select dealers across the country. For more information or to locate your nearest authorized 2Five dealer, visit www.ezgo.com/2five. Facebook users can also join E-Z-GO’s Facebook community at www.facebook.com/4ezgo for more information.

Golf cart battery care tips!

October 9, 2010 Comments off

Weekly Battery Care Tips

Welcome to our 3rd weekly installment of Battery Care Tips presented by Standard Battery Inc.

  • Lead acid batteries should be brought up to full charge at the earliest opportunity.  Avoid continuously operating batteries in a partially charged condition.  This will shorten their life and reduce their capacity.
  • Extreme temperatures can substantially affect battery performance and charging.  Cold reduces battery capacity and retards charging.  Heat increases water usage and can result in overcharging.  Very high temperatures can cause “thermal run-away” which may lead to an explosion of fire.  If extreme temperature is an unavoidable part of an application, consult one of our specialists about ways to deal with the problem.
  • Inactivity can be extremely harmful to all lead acid batteries.  If seasonal use is anticipated, we recommend the following;
    • Completely charge the battery before storing.
    • Remove all electrical connections from the battery, including series or parallel connectors.
    • Store the battery in as cool a place as possible.  However, do not store in a location which will consistently be below 32°F.  Batteries will discharge when stored, the lower temperature the lower the self discharge.
    • When not in use, boost every two months.
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