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!
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.
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.
Check out E-Z-GO on the Ellen DeGeneres Show! She gave Justin Bieber an E-Z-GO 2Five for his birthday. Take a look at our Ellen Show photo album and visit this link to see the E-Z-GO 2Five as the Backstage Photo of the Week.
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
The following is a table showing identification numbers, type and model of Harley/Columbia ParCar Golf Carts.
|1963 -1969||DXXXX||3 Wheel Gas|
|DEXXX||3 Wheel Electric|
|3b||3-Wheel Gas D3|
|4B||3-Wheel Electric DE3|
|7C||4 Wheel Gas D4|
|8C||4-Wheel Electric DE4|
|8D||4-Wheel Electric DE-40 76-78|
|3B||3 Wheel Gas D3|
|4B||3-Wheel Electric DE3|
|7C||4 Wheel Gas D4|
|3K||4 Wheel gas D4 80’s classic|
|8D||4 Wheel electric MG1V Challenger|
|5K||4 Wheel Gas DX4 ’82|
|3B||3-Wheel Gas D3|
|4B||3-Wheel Electric DE3|
|5K||4-Wheel Gas DX4|
|6K||4-Wheel Electric DEX4|
|9K||Electric Utility DE4|
|2L||4-Wheel Gas P4G|
|3L||4-Wheel Electric P4E|
|2L||4-Wheel Gas P4G|
|5K||4-Wheel Gas Classic|
|6K||4-Wheel Electric Classic|
|7K||4-Wheel Gas Utility|
|9K||4-Wheel Electric Utility|
|2M||4-Wheel Electric Shuttle|
|3M||4-Wheel Gas Shuttle|