Industry News – November/December 2015

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NIVEL PARTS AND MADJAX MERGE

Nivel Parts and Madjax are pleased to announce that the two companies have merged, to deliver an even stronger value proposition to their network of golf cart dealers.

The merger blends Nivel’s national distribution network and industry-leading product selection with the innovation, marketing expertise, and customer service that Madjax is renowned for.

“Madjax’s innovation, marketing and total commitment to its dealers has re-energized our industry. We look forward to adopting and growing these principles.” Ray Fundora, President – Nivel Golf.

“With our combined resources we will have the tools needed to serve our Dealers better than ever before.” Brent Moore, President – Madjax.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be focusing our efforts on the work that will allow us to provide you this full list of benefits. Starting out, it will be business as usual. You will see some changes over time, and can expect that we will complete our transition and be in full stride as we enter 2016.

For more information and to watch a short video which explains more about the merger and the added benefits to our dealer network, please visit: www.mymadjax.com/about-us.

ADVANTAGE GOLF CARS ACHIEVED 114 MILE RANGE DEPLOYING LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SYSTEM FROM LITHIUM BOOST TECHNOLOGIES

LithiumBoost Ultra battery system with 200ah lithium cells and 20a chargers, was installed by Advantage Golf Cars in an E-Z-GO RXV golf cart, replacing existing lead-acid batteries. After performing comprehensive tests and working closely with the Lithium Boost engineering team to enhance the battery system features, Advantage Golf Cars mechanics drove 114 miles per charge at an average speed of 17 miles per hour. This record was accomplished in one day, utilizing multiple drivers taking turns in driving each one hour shift.

“At Advantage Golf Cars in Florida, we aim at best serving our customers and providing them with advanced solutions to satisfy their needs” Said Jason Martin, General Manager North at Advantage Golf Cars. “We searched for a lithium-ion battery solution that could relieve our customers from the lead-acid maintenance and leakage hassle while allowing them to gain longer drive range and significantly reduce their cart weight. Our goal was to achieve 100 miles per charge and we are glad that choosing Lithium Boost’s solution allowed us to exceed our expectations.”

The Lithium Boost Technologies integrated battery system includes lithium-ion cells, chargers, smart BMS (Battery Management System), and all the required wiring, gauge and accessories for powering low speed electric vehicles. Its core value is in the patented BMS and individual-cell chargers system that was designed to optimize and control charging/discharging in order to yield maximum stored energy and assure long life cycle of the lithium cells.

“We are delighted to have Advantage Golf Cars install our lithium battery system and run comprehensive field tests that led us to enhance our system performance and features based on their feedback and requirements, said John Wade, Chief Engineer at Lithium Boost Technologies. “At Lithium Boost we’re confident that the time has come for lithium-ion batteries to replace the existing lead-acid technology for low speed electric vehicles. However, we’re aware that changes take time and require innovation-seeking pioneers such as the team at Advantage Golf Cars,” added Sam Lev, Lithium Boost Technologies CEO. “We look forward to the day when customers can purchase golf cars with ‘lithium inside’ rather than have to go through the costly hassle of replacing the old lead-acid batteries in order to benefit from the advantages of the more advanced lithium-ion technology.”

To learn more about Lithium Boost please visit www.lithiumboost.com or visit Advantage Golf Cars at www.AdvantageGolfCars.com.

CLUB CAR LAUNCHES NEW “BANK ON CARRYALL®” SALES EVENT
Buy Now. Pay Later. Or Lease with Low APR for Up to 60 Months on Industry’s Most Versatile Mid-size UTV.

From now through Dec. 31, 2015, Club Car’s Bank on Carryall sales event allows qualified commercial buyers to: Purchase new 2015 or 2016 Carryall utility vehicles with no pay for six month. Or lease new 2015 or 2016 Carryall 500 and 700 utility vehicles with special financing of 2.9% APR for 36-48 months or 3.9% APR for 60 months.

The Carryall line includes compact, mid- and full-size utility vehicles with zero-emissions electric, EFI gasoline or diesel powertrains; 4x2s and automatic 4x4s; and two- and four-passenger models.
Stretch Your Budget with the Carryall 500

It also includes the most versatile mid-size UTV in the industry, the Carryall 500 utility vehicle.

“Few vehicles fit as many markets or applications and have as many commercial-grade accessories as this work horse,” says Club Car’s Manager of Commercial and Industrial Marketing Kimber Parrish. “It moves from task to task and can replace expensive pick up trucks.”

Choose a gasoline-powered model with a 14-hp rated overhead cam engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI) that delivers best-in-gas fuel efficiency, power and torque, or select a quiet, zero-emissions electric model.

The vehicle features an expanded pickup bed (44.2 x 47.5 x 10.5 in.) and a total vehicle capacity of 1,200 lbs. Add dump kits, stakes sides, tool or van boxes, strobe lights or other accessories to make fast and efficient work of everything from hauling materials to painting to housekeeping at resorts.
Gas models are available from the factory with an optional limited slip differential that takes them into areas generally reserved for 4x4s, without damaging turf. Add the configurable, removable VersAttach™ bed-based attachment system with tool and equipment holders, and it’s perfect for turf or grounds maintenance as well.
All Carryall utility vehicles feature:
• The industry’s only aircraft-grade rust-proof aluminum
frame for long life.
• Spacious seats and legroom, an adjustable steering
column and plenty of storage.
• A three-year/3,000-hour limited warranty on the
gasoline EFI engine. Electric vehicles carry a four
year, 18,000-amp hour limited warranty on the
battery, controller and charger.
• Four-wheel braking.
• The tightest turning radius in class, just 20 feet.
Club Car is part of Ingersoll Rand, and is based in Augusta, Ga. Visit www.clubcar.com.

NEW SENSE SMART™ ELECTROLYTE SENSOR VALVE TAKES THE GUESSWORK OUT OF WATERING BATTERIES

Battery maintenance just got easier with the new Sense Smart™ Electrolyte Sensor Valve, a single replacement valve with a built-in probe and LED indicator that lets operators know when a set of batteries require watering. Flooded lead-acid batteries used in golf cars, access lifts, cleaning machines, forklifts and many other vehicles, lose water from normal evaporation and charging. Adding a Sense Smart™ Electrolyte Sensor Valve into one of the batteries in the vehicle’s battery set can monitor the electrolyte levels of the entire pack.

“Many industries have switched to battery powered vehicles for their fleets, and know that flooded lead-acid batteries are the most cost effective method to power them,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “The problem is providing proper maintenance to all those batteries can be overwhelming and time consuming. The Sense Smart™ valve takes the guesswork out of battery watering maintenance, which when done routinely, can dramatically improve battery life, save time, and substantially reduce annual operating costs.”

The Sense Smart™ valve is the only valve of its kind with a built-in processor and probe that triggers an LED indicator light, mounted to the battery pack, and tells operators if the battery set needs water. A solid green light indicates the electrolyte level of the set is okay. A solid red light tells operators to add water after the next full-charge. A blinking red light indicates the electrolyte level has been low for more than 10 days and requires immediate attention.

The Sense Smart™ Electrolyte Sensor Valve (TBU 1000) simply replaces one cell vent cap on a single battery of a connected battery set, and doesn’t require drilling or calibration. An optional system (TBU 2000) includes a dash mounted LED indicator with a six-foot wire lead. Manufactured by Battery Watering Technologies, and distributed exclusively through U.S. Battery Manufacturing, the Sense Smart™ valve fits a variety of 6-volt, 8-volt, and 12-volt batteries and works with all BWT single point watering systems.

U.S. Battery products and Battery Watering Technology products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and distributed worldwide. For more information, visit www.usbattery.com.

HOW THE POPE GOT HIS GOLF CART

There are bound to be countless stories emanating from the pope’s weekend visit. Most figure to last a lifetime. So why shouldn’t one of them involve golf?

It seems his holiness needed a way to get around the grounds at St. Charles Seminary, where he stayed during his time here. And it happened that a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, who prefers to remain unnamed, was part of the group responsible for helping bring Pope Francis to Philly. Since that organization recently purchased Torresdale-Frankford Golf Club in the Greater Northeast (now known as the Union League G.C. at Torresdale), he took it upon himself to try to solve the problem. Sean Palmer, who formerly was an assistant at Merion, is the head pro there. He got in contact with the man who runs the company that supplies them with their carts. And the rest . . .

“It had to be a six-person electric cart, since they couldn’t use a gas cart,” said Palmer. “Our vendor, John Schneider of (Doylestown-based) Golf Carts Incorporated, said he’d work on it. And they came up with one. It’s not really (the church’s) forte. They didn’t have anything that would work on that property. It required certain dimensions. The first thing I said to John was, ‘I have this very interesting request that I’ll bet you never heard before.’ And he said he’s pretty much heard it all. I told him he might not be able to top this. And when I told him, he was pretty much quiet for about 10 seconds.”

The process began well in advance of this historic moment, with Schneider providing the cart free of charge. It has the Union League crest/emblem on it. What will happen to it going forward is apparently yet to be determined. But as memorabilia goes, it’s a keeper.

“I don’t know if there is a master plan,” Palmer said. “We’ve had many conversations, but no (final) answer. It’s being left ambiguous (for now). We’d be interested in showcasing it (at the club). We’re just happy to be part of the effort the city made. The Union League also supplied the Lincoln lecturn from the Gettysburg Address that was used (at Independence Hall on Saturday). We just wanted to help welcome him in any way we can. We’re hoping the cart can make its way to our course. That would be cool.”

NEW USB CHARGER

SGconn with its line of rugged and waterproof connectors is proud to unveil its latest product, a Waterproof Dual USB Charger for release in Fall 2015.

SGconn offers both 12V and 48V waterproof dual USB Chargers which are IP 66 tested and are designed to withstand the harshest conditions. The charger comes with 2 options, a normally opened or normally closed cap. They are compatible with all smartphone, tablets and other electrical devices.

The design was engineered to fit the cut out of the traditional 12V power point and allow the user to easily snap the USB charger into the front panel.
These chargers are ideally suited for OEM markets and distributors of power sports, heavy vehicles, marine, Golf Carts and any other utility vehicles where users will be in harsh conditions and exposed to the elements.

Visit www.dnagroup.com for samples and specifications.