Industry News – May/June 2015

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YAMAHA UNVEILS DRIVE AC ELECTRIC GOLF CAR AT PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW

Yamaha’s Alternating Current Electric Golf Car Delivers Highest Horsepower and Longest Range in the Industry

Yamaha Golf-Car Company unveiled its latest technological advancement, the Drive AC (alternating current) golf car, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, January 20-23.

The Yamaha Drive AC is the most powerful, cost efficient and reliable golf car on the market, offering many benefits, including:

The AC Advantage: Alternating current is the most efficient way to transmit electricity, delivering more voltage, while drawing fewer amps. By saving on amp-hours during a golf round, the Drive AC batteries last longer and require less electricity to recharge. Extended battery life leads to the option to extend lease terms, which reduces the cost of fleet ownership.

More Horsepower/Torque: The Drive AC is driven by a 6.7 horsepower engine, providing 50% more power and torque than its closest competitor. Torque is the ability of a rotating shaft or gear to overcome resistance. So, increased torque enables the Drive AC to better climb hills and travel faster and farther.

Motor Simplicity: The AC motor has fewer moving parts than a DC motor, meaning there is less to break down. Without brushes and some other parts found on DC motors, the Drive AC is inherently more reliable.

“The Drive AC represents the pinnacle of innovation from our Yamaha engineers and manufacturing team” according to Yamaha President Tom McDonald. “Its cost- effectiveness and dependability could potentially save a fleet operator thousands of dollars in operating costs.”

As an industry first, Electronic Fuel Injection is a standard feature for Yamaha gas golf cars, and offers many benefits over traditional carbureted fuel delivery systems, including: The greenest gasoline-powered golf car available, and with the industry’s smallest carbon footprint. Smoother, more responsive acceleration. No choke required. Unprecedented gas mileage

Both the Drive AC and the Drive EFI offer larger contoured seats, a broader window of entry and egress, maintenance-free rack and pinion steering, 360° wrap around bumper system, a bigger sweater basket and the largest bag wells in the market.

For more information us on the web at www.yamahagolfcar.com.

BATTERY WATERING TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION

Battery Watering Technologies attained ISO 9001:2008 certification on February 11, 2015.

The ISO 9001 standard is an internationally recognized standard that outlines requirements for an organization’s quality management system to enable consistent production of high quality products.

Battery Watering Technologies was audited by American Systems Registrar and passed without any “non-conformances”. For questions about the ISO program, or our quality standards, please contact Battery Watering Technologies at 336-714-0448.

INTRODUCING: GARIA MANSORY PRISM

The fastest and lightest golf cart ever made by Garia.

The creative collaboration between Mansory Design and Garia reaches new heights with this years exhibited model at the Geneva Auto Show 2015.

The Garia Mansory Prism is the fastest golf cart the duo has made to date with a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) and an acceleration of 0-40 km/h (25mph) in less than 2 seconds thanks to new Samsung Lithium Batteries and an upgraded Curtis Controller. The speed is further assisted by a significant weight loss compared to a regular Garia Monaco Roadster of more than 150 kg, making this also the lightest Garia ever made.

Still suitable for golf due to its adjustable speed and regeneration settings via the machined aluminum knobs on the dashboard, the driver can opt for one of the three driving programs: “Golf” “Street” or “Race” – the last one powerful enough to spin its wheels on dry tarmac and lending the car a go-cart attitude in terms of handling and performance. Turn the switch to “Golf” and the top speed, acceleration and torque settings are adjusted to golf course accepted levels. This really is the ultimate golf car!

Made as a visualization of the customization program Garia offers its clients, the Garia Mansory Prism debuts chrome body panels and aluminum switches made in collaboration with German Bugatti supplier Kussmaul. Clear coated carbon fibre parts and leather seats comes from Mansory who offers a full official range of upgrades for all Garia models. All parts of the car are made from the highest quality materials only seen in high-end supercars and the aerospace industry. Skilled technicians assemble each car by hand to the highest specifications.

Most of the parts on the Garia Mansory Prism is available as upgrades for all regular Garia cars, but the specific design of the Garia Mansory Prism and its unique performance and adjustable settings is strictly limited to 7 pieces. The heart of the Prism – the Samsung Lithium Battery – is however available for all new and existing Garia cars – although without the special Garia Mansory Prism controller. Still it enables speeds at 60 km/h (37 mph*), improved acceleration as well as longer range and faster charging compared to traditional lead acid batteries. Garia Samsung Batteries comes with a 5-year capacity warranty and is ideal for community vehicles and golf cars where a large driving range is important as well as cars that are stored for months at a time.

To learn more about Garia visit www.garia.com

THE NEW TORQ VLE OFF-ROAD ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Introducing the new TORQ VLE – the most innovative combination of silence, safety and performance ever engineered into an off-road electric vehicle. Handcrafted in the U.S.A., the TORQ VLE provides a silent, driver-only experience that’s quicker, quieter, lighter and tighter than any other electric vehicle on the market.

The TORQ satisfies one’s need for speed with a swift, silent and stable machine that leaves all others in the dust, while keeping driver safety the No. 1 priority at all times. This electric vehicle is ideal for hunters, nature lovers and recreational drivers young and old.

The VLE in its name stands for Very Lite Electric. In fact, the light weight is a key design feature, which makes it easier to transport and maneuver than other electric vehicles of similar size. The TORQ actually boasts the industry’s lightest overall weight, meaning that it can out-handle, out-accelerate and out-brake all other off-road electric vehicles. In this case, less definitely means more.

The TORQ VLE was designed for the adventure-seeking outdoorsman or woman who wants more speed, maneuverability and overall performance in a vehicle that can also provide a stealthy and silent approach. With a 35+ mph top speed, high-amp output, loads of torque and super-low center of gravity, the TORQ VLE is the fastest and most responsive electric off-road vehicle to ever kick up dust. And even though it can top out at 35 mph, larger tires and all-wheel disc brakes and independent suspension smooths out the bumps, making it comfortable and easy to drive on even the most uneven terrain.

No gas engine means no messy oil changes or fuel to haul or handle. And, you don’t have to visit the shop for periodic maintenance. Just plug in the onboard charger, and when the light turns green, you’re ready to go. It’s that easy.

For more information about the TORQ VLE, visit www.torq-vle.com.

STRENGTHENING THE CLUB CAR OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE IT TAKES THE “BLACK & GOLD” TEAM

Purchasing a golf car, utility vehicle or low speed vehicle is just the beginning of the ownership experience. A lot depends on what comes after the sale.

Yet for some companies, including Club Car, that falls largely into the hands of dealers and distributors, who serve as the manufacturer’s face and voice. Club Car takes active steps to improve the performance of this network and strengthen the ownership experience.

That includes recognizing and rewarding Authorized Club Car Dealers and Distributors who meet the company’s most demanding standards through Club Car’s annual Black & Gold Dealer Rewards Program. Initiated in 2013, the program has awarded the prestigious “Black and Gold Partner” distinction to 100 of its Authorized Club Car Dealers and Distributors.

“Our dealers and distributors are the public face of our company, and they play a vital role in Club Car’s success,” says CEO and President Marc Dufour. “This program incentivizes our dealer network, strengthens our alliance and boosts customer satisfaction.”

Program participants had 12 months to set, meet and document rigorous standards in sales, service, parts, accessories and other areas that directly affect owners of Club Car vehicles.

Black & Gold Partners receive performance-based cash rewards, additional co-op advertising funds and commemorative plaques. They also earn the right to differentiate and advertise their businesses as a Club Car Black & Gold Dealer or Distributor. They represent the gold-standard service and support Club Car customers deserve and expect.

Club Car vehicles are sold through Authorized Club Car Dealers.

To find out more, visit www.clubcar.com.