ATG (MayJun10) - Get more run time ‘99 CC

QUESTION:

How can I get more run time out of my ‘99 Club Car electric?

Don from Washington

ANSWER:

Assuming you have a 48-volt system you have a couple of options. One is to switch your battery pack to eight six-volt batteries. The other is to increase the capacity of the six eight-volt system.

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The second option is to increase the capacity of the existing battery pack with exact size replacements. This means replace the six eight-volt T875’s with six T890’s. A T875 will have a rating of 117 minutes at 56 amps. A T890 will have a rating or 132 minutes at 56 amps.

To give you an exact amount of extra run time you will receive is hard to do based on motor size, tire size and car condition. Based on our testing with a six inch lift kit and 22″ tires, high speed and torque motor, and a rear facing seat. This is close to continuous duty driving. With a larger capacity battery system we see somewhere around an extra thirty minutes of run time. So you need to determine if the cost is worth it. As motor size and tire size decreases the amount of run time will increase. So as you can see application has a lot to do with all of this.

For a 36-volt system you will have a set of T105’s rated at 115 minutes at 75 amp load. You can upgrade to a set of T145’s rated at 145 minutes at 75 amp load. Upgrading the battery tray is not needed for the 36-volt system.

Things you can do to help run time are as follows:
1)         Run the correct tire pressure as per manufacturer recommendations

2)         Make sure there is not any mechanical binding or drag on the system

3)         Make sure the front wheel alignment is per manufacturers recommendations

4)         Make sure the batteries are being properly maintained and charged

5)         Make sure the motor system matches the application
6)         Make sure you never over discharge the battery pack beyond 80%
7)         Make sure the batteries are not being overheated during the charge process
8)         Make sure all of the cable connections are clean and tight

TS (MayJun10) - High Amp F&R Switch

By: Matt Vallez

This article first appeared in September /October, 2004 issue of Golf Car News magazine, it has been updated, fact checked and reprinted for this issue.

Over the last few years dealers have been “beefing-up” their electric golf cars. It started with a motor or field coil change, then the controllers. Then the motors started to get even larger, and this meant larger, higher amp controllers. It soon became necessary to have 4-gauge wire to put it all together so nothing would melt.

All these modifications allow, or require higher amperage to flow through the power wiring to the primary electric components. The problem is that one part is often overlooked during this “beefing-up” process, the F&R switch.

I was speaking to the brains behind EV Parts Inc. Roderick Wilde and discussing the interesting things he has done with electric cars, mostly for racing purposes, (go to: www.suckamps.com) to come up with a hot topic for this months article. He and I both agreed that the F&R switch is the most overlooked part when “beefing-up” an electric car. Although this is not as exciting as modifying an electric postal jeep to reach speeds of over 100 MPH, it is a hot topic, literally.

Cars are often modified with the stock F&R switch unchanged except to connect a smaller gauge or thicker power wires to them. This is unacceptable and will only cause problems somewhere down the line. A mechanical F&R switch has a hard enough job as it is. It is always “on” so to speak; current is always passing through it. Your F&R switch is a circuit between the controller and your motor, and they must be capable of the same amp load. Once the switch is shifted from one direction to the other, it first passes through a natural point, so as not to arc before reversing the polarity to the field coils. Otherwise the load is constant.

These switches were designed to handle the stock amps, not the new level. Think about it, you just installed a 500-amp controller, this means that if required, your controller will send 500-amps to the motor, and that means 500 amps right through your F&R switch. The original system is capable of handling about a 350-amp peak, if that.

There are two good solutions that I know of. The simplest and least expensive is to modify a stock F&R switch to handle the load. The weakest part of these switches is the buss bars. On an E-Z-GO switch they are between the contacts on the cam, or part that moves.

These buss bars are thin and not made to carry large amps. Just replace them with some 3/16 inch thick by ½ inch wide copper bar and you’re off to the races.

The second alternative is more complex and more expensive. It requires replacing the mechanical switch with two, six terminal solenoids and a three-position control switch. For the solenoids, use two Nivel #1165 for 36-volt or Nivel #1130, both of these are rated at 200-amp continuous and 600 amp peak. This will work for most applications. As this is a more complicated set up I have made up a diagram to help.

fr-wiringNext time you are making a “beefed-up” electric car remember the F&R Switch. Because your “beefed-up” electric car is only as good as its weakest part, so make sure that’s not the F&R switch. Nivel now manufactures a line of F&R switches for high amp applications. Ask your Nivel salesperson for more information.

Industry News - May/June 2010

FLIGHT SYSTEMS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS (FSIP) ACQUIRES CERTAIN PRODUCT LINES, ASSETS, AND JV EQUITY INTERESTS FROM GENERAL ELECTRIC
On March 1st, 2010, FSIP formalized an acquisition of certain assets of General Electric’s Motion Controls Business.  The acquired business is primarily located in Patillas, Puerto Rico and it manufactures and distributes controls used in various electric vehicle applications:  forklifts, neighborhood electric vehicles, golf carts, walkies, tuggers, go-carts and personnel carriers.

FSIP is the industry’s leading remanufacturer of controls for the electric vehicle control market.  FSIP remanufactures over 45,000 controls annually and is associated with many of the industry’s leading OEM’s.  FSIP remanufactures controls for forklifts, aerial lifts, golf carts, scrubbers/sweepers, personnel carriers and mobility controls.

FSIP and GE have been involved in a Joint Venture (JV), the GE/Flight Systems Servicenter, for over 12 years.  During these 12 years FSIP served the needs of GE with remanufacturing, warranty services and the manufacturing of specific GE controls and components.  FSIP will continue to provide GE customers with their remanufacturing requirements.

President of FSIP, Barry Bowman says “products which are currently manufactured or provided by GE’s Patillas Puerto Rico plant will be transitioned to FSIP from March 1st through June 1st.  Both FSIP and GE have diligently prepared for this transition of the products and equipment and will be implementing safety stock levels for all controls and components to allow for minimal inconvenience of availability for our customer’s needs throughout the transition period.”

Also, through this acquisition, FSIP will continue to perform the warranty service for the GE product and will retain exclusive rights to the GE trademark.  “We will comply with regulations and specifications that apply to the product line. The integrity and quality of the GE product that the market expects will remain in tact.” says Bowman.

He adds “we are very excited here at FSIP and we look forward to growing our business with our customer’s support.”

FITZROY ELECTED GCSAA PRESIDENT
James R. Fitzroy, CGCS, director/superintendent at Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Club in North Quincy, Mass., was elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association’s annual meeting Feb. 12.

The annual meeting was held in conjunction with the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Fitzroy will serve until the 2011 annual meeting and election.

Fitzroy is a 43-year GCSAA member, and has been at Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Course since 1975. Previously, he was superintendent at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass., and Cazenovia (N.Y.) Country Club. He earned an associate’s degree in turf management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts in 1967 and a bachelor’s degree in park administration from Massachusetts in 1970. Fitzroy serves on The Environmental Institute of Golf Board of Trustees and he is a member and past president of the GCSA of New England. He also holds membership in the Golf Course Managers Association of Cape Cod, as well as the Rhode Island GCSA.

Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, FL. was elected vice president. Sanford G. Queen, CGCS, manager of golf operations for the city of Overland Park, KS. was elected secretary/treasurer.

William H. Maynard, CGCS at Milburn Golf and Country Club in Overland Park, Kan., was elected to the GCSAA Board of  Directors and Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance operations at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, was re-elected to another two-year term. The 2011 GCSAA Education Conference is scheduled for Feb. 7-11, held in conjunction with the 2011 Golf Industry Show Feb. 9-10 in Orlando.

EZEEBIKE USA SETS OUT TO RESHAPE AND BUILD DOMESTIC ELECTRIC BICYCLE INDUSTRY
Golf Car Dealerships Sign On

The electric bicycle industry is picking up speed and going mainstream in America.  That’s the view of eZeebike USA, Inc., the year old exclusive U.S. distributor of a premiere line of electric bicycles moving onto “Main Street” in many communities throughout the country.

“There is an amazing symmetry, we are discovering, that exists with our electric bicycle and the electric golf car business,” said Joel P. Gayner, president and CEO of eZeebike, USA.  “Their customer profiles and lifestyle choices are the same.  Our exclusive dealer in Rancho Mirage, CA “The Electric Ride Store”, has already received two containers of bikes, and his prime selling season only began last October 15th.  Golf car dealers get it, they see how eZee electric bicycles add a significant profit potential, without increasing overhead.”

The eZee brand, nearly 10 years old and already distributed in 13 countries, is well known for its quality construction and ease of maintenance.  Its current eight model domestic product line, sports an MSRP of $1,995 (for the compact/foldable Quando that can easily fit into a car trunk or be carried onto public transportation) to $2,495 for the top-of-the-line Forza performance bike.  Other models in the line include a beach cruiser, commuter, mountain bicycle and a tricycle.

“In order to build out the market, we started to sell dealerships in the second half of 2009.  To date, 11 eZee dealerships and independent authorized retailers have been established in the U.S. with numerous others in queue,” said Gayner.  “We’re working to define the electric bicycle industry by developing an eZee bike eco-friendly lifestyle coupled with branded eZee bike stores.  We’re encouraged by the marketplace response and the willingness of entrepreneurs to invest upwards of $50,000 to purchase protected territories and become part of our dealership network.” For information about purchasing an eZeebike USA dealership, visit www.ezeebike.us.

TROJAN BATTERY EXPANDS ITS MASTER DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK WITH NORTHEAST BATTERY
Expanded partnership brings greater domestic distribution

Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, announced today that Northeast Battery, a longtime master distributor of Trojan battery products, will expand its distribution into the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Established in 1985, Northeast Battery is headquartered in Auburn, Massachusetts, with key distribution centers throughout the region. Northeast Battery offers a full line of products including starting, lighting, ignition products, stationary power systems for telecommunications and uninterruptible power supplies, and high-end motive power batteries.

“We are excited for this opportunity to expand out distribution of Trojan Battery products,” said Tom Scarduzio, President of Northeast Battery. “Northeast Battery provides only the finest, highest quality products and services to our customers, and with Trojan products we can proudly say that’s what we have done for the past 25 years and will continue to do for many more years to come.”

CLUB CAR INTRODUCES VISAGE
Golf’s First Mobile Information System Transforms Golf Car’s Role From Basic Transportation to Business Solution

A golf car’s primary function is transportation, but equipped with the right technology its potential goes far beyond moving golfers and their equipment, according to Club Car, which has introduced golf’s first mobile information system. Known as Visage, the system represents the golf car industry’s most extensive marriage of vehicle and technology to help course managers address critical revenue and expense needs while enhancing customer satisfaction.

Visage utilizes a combination of cellular, wireless and Global Positioning System technologies to create what Club Car calls the “new face of customer experience.”

Visage, a joint development of Club Car and GPS Industries LLC, puts a robust set of features and benefits at the fingertips of golfers that include: Intuitive touch-screen technology, 10.2-inch screen with 1000 nit brightness that automatically adjusts for changes in natural light and enhanced graphics of each hole. 3-D flyovers with audio (similar to network television coverage), tee-shot distance stats and scorecard and tournament management features that make it easy to keep up with scores of other players during a competitive event.

Visage is available on Club Car Precedent and DS electric- and gas-powered golf cars. When Visage is installed on Club Car’s Precedent golf cars equipped with the Excel power drive system, the vehicle also comes with the Guardian SVC system installed at no additional cost. Visage can be installed on any brand of golf car. Visit www.clubcar.com.

FAIRPLAY EXPANDS 2010 PRODUCTION IN THE USA
Fairplay Electric Cars, LLC located in Grand Junction Colorado has signed a long term lease in Southern California. “It is very exciting for us to increase capacity and rely on our made-in-America quality,” said Keith Andrews, President of Fairplay. “The expansion doubles the size of our assembly plant here in the United States. Our dealer network reports a noticeable improvement in quality since the middle of 2009 when we started manufacturing in America.”

Fairplay enjoyed rapid growth last year in the Low Speed Vehicle arena, with sales of the popular EVE brand, spurred on by the Federal Tax stimulus. “Our initial focus with the EVE LSV was to offer a competitive price point to stimulate interest and allow the MSRP to draw customers in fro our dealers,” Andrews added. “This was possible due in large part to a great group of suppliers in the United Stated who provided us with quality parts at competitive prices.”

“The reaction from dealers and customers had been fantastic,” states Ryan Alexander, National Sales Manager. “Our assembly facility here allows us to offer a custom OEM product mix to our dealers, something that puts us head and shoulders above most other manufacturers, either domestic or imported.”

For more information on where you can test drive the new EVE LSV or see any of the fine line of Fairplay Electric Car products, go to www.fairplaycars.com or www.eve-lsv.com.

IT’S THEIR VEHICLE FOR SUCCESS
Golf Cars of Houston co-owner says most buyers use them for reasons other than the sport.

Towering over Interstate 45 in north Houston is a 1,100-square-foot sign for Golf Cars of Houston. But less than a fourth of the vehicles sold at the dealership are used by golfers. The rest are purchased by families with beach and lakefront properties, or by companies. “As an industry, we’ve gotten away from the term ‘golf cart’,” said Derek Severns, co-owner of Golf Cars of Houston. “A golf car is something you drive; a cart is something you pull.”

Severns, 37, a former golf course manager, launched Golf Cars of Houston in 2004 with partner Sonny Thornton.

The two first bought a small dealership in Kingwood, and then began planning for a super center in north Houston. Severns said the idea for a golf cart super center is unique in that his showroom stocks more that 100 vehicles, versus the usual 10 or 12 found in a dealership.

“We wanted to bring the sales and service experience indoors, not outdoors, like it had been done,” Severns said. “Customers are more sophisticated today, and it used to be that mom-and-pop operations were their only option.”

Within six years, Severns said, the pair’s business grew to roughly $4 million in annual revenues to more than $10 million in revenues last year. That’s between new and used vehicle sales, service and parts sold at its three locations, among them the super center.

“We’re just like a car dealership,” Severns said. “We rely on everything to make this business work – be it service, sales, parts or rentals.”

WIRELESS RECHARGING SYSTEMS DEVELOPED IN WEST MICHIGAN COULD POWER GOLF CARTS, ELECTRIC CARS
Wireless recharging systems developed by two West Michigan companies could soon enable electric golf cars and electric cars to re-energize without tangled cords or bulky plugs.

Gill Industries Inc. and Fulton Innovation LLC unveiled a high-power system, able to transfer 1,000 watts of energy as smoothly as an electric toothbrush recharges in its cradle.

“The development is done. Now we’re getting more to the marketing phase,” said Richard Perreault, president and chief operating officer of Gill Industries. Fulton Innovation, a subsidiary of Alticor Inc. is based in Ada Township, Michigan. Gill’s headquarters are in Plainfield Township, Michigan.

The partners unveiled their new charging system at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Perreault expects the first customers to be golf car manufactures. “They produce about 450,000 golf carts a year, and about 60 to 70 percent of them are electric,” he said. Eventually, Gill hopes to market the wireless recharging system to automakers.

The charging system is controlled by a mini-computer that senses charging time and matches it to the least costly time of day. Depending on the site of the cart’s battery, the vehicle could be pulled into a bay of garage where the wireless recharging unit is built into the floor.

ELECTRICAL MOTOR PRODUCTS, INC. INTRODUCES THE 25 MPH YAMAHA DRIVE (YDRE) MOTOR REDESIGN
Electrical Motor Products, Inc. has created a 25 MPH motor redesign for the non PTV, Yamaha Drive.  The non PTV vehicle currently drives up to 15 mph.  Motor redesign allows the cart to drive 25 mph without a control change.  The original control should be set on 5, 10, 15, or 25 along with a redesigned motor to obtain 25 mph.  Test data on the new design was acquired during the summer of 2009.  Electrical Motor Products, Inc. would like to thank Power Equipment Solutions of Vandalia, OH for vehicle support during the project’s design and test phases.  Vehicle tire size will be taken into account with motor redesign to achieve top speed.  Please provide the tire OD when ordering the Yamaha Drive (YDRE) 25 MPH redesign.  Dealers may send Yamaha Drive motors for redesign or purchase a redesigned motor.  For more information contact Electrical Motor Products, Inc. 1-877-455-1599, www.empinc.biz.

CS (MayJun10) - B&B Preferred

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B&B Preferred got its start 7 years ago when Bobby Thomas of Electric Car Distributors in Rancho Mirage, California, and Britt Kennard were visiting one afternoon at Bobby’s sales location.  Bobby mentioned that he felt they were paying too much for specialty cowls and body pieces that were being offered at the time.  So Bobby and Britt decided at the time that they would form B&B Preferred.

Does the above sound familiar?  If it does, it’s because the above paragraph ran in the January/February 2008 issue of Golf Car News.  After a couple of years of that partnership, Britt bought out Bobby’s interest and built B&B Preferred to be the World’s largest and most successful manufacturer of cowls and body-systems.   B&B Preferred now ships cowls and body-systems throughout the World from their manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India.  Two years ago, B&B started building private label cowls and body parts for the two largest manufacturers of golf carts.

The old saying of “what goes around–comes around” certainly applies here.  After directing B&B Preferred for about 6+ years now, Britt sold majority interest in March of this year to his good friend and former partner Bobby Thomas, his son J.R. Thomas, and their General Manager, Jason Stella.  In visiting with Britt, he told me that he felt that he had taken the business as far as he could and the business needed the expertise of the Electric Car Distributors group, to grow the business further.

Since the previous issue when B&B Preferred was featured on the Golf Car News cover, new models have been added to their very successful line of cowls and body-systems.  Since that time, B&B Preferred now offers 6 different styled front cowls for the Club Car Precedent chassis along with their very popular Bolero and Z-Sport models.  A year ago, they designed a new look for the industry, the Monarch Sedan as a third body-system.  For the Yamaha Drive chassis they have a new cowl the Rapide, along with the Monarch Sedan and Z-Sports for the Drive chassis.  In design now, are new bodies for the E-Z-GO RXV chassis, which will be debuting in the late summer of this year.

When asked how B&B Preferred rose to the position of the Worlds largest and most successful manufacturer, Britt credits Zarryl who does the design work and is responsible for quality at the manufacturing facility in Bangalore, some of his dealers that has continued to give him direction over the years, the ease of fitting their product to the chassis for which the body part was intended, and their very affordable product.  When pushed further as to what he felt was the single most and significant reason for their success, he said: “All of them!  Without all four, we would have never made it!”

Hopefully under the direction of the new partners, we will see more designs and offerings in the marketplace and with even better quality.

TS (MarApr10) - AGM Batteries Explained

By: Matt Vallez

Battery geeks have long heralded the coming of new battery technology, to all including the golf car industry for years, 20 last I counted. During this whole time the wet cell lead-acid battery has been the mainstay of all golf car manufacturers, and is currently the only battery available by the big three golf car manufactures in the electric cars they make. That is about to change, there is a new challenger to the dominance of the wet cell lead acid battery and it is for real this time not just hype. The battery type is AGM or (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries, and they are being used in production golf car vehicles by some of the lesser known manufacturers.

These AGM batteries are sealed lead-acid batteries, also referred to as VRLA (Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid) batteries. They are similar to conventional wet lead-acid batteries however the electrolyte/acid is absorbed in a fiberglass material rather than in liquid form, hence the name glass-mat. Another key difference is that AGM batteries are sealed, so that the gasses produced during operations are recombined and remain within the battery rather than being released into the atmosphere. The sealed construction means there is no water loss in AGM batteries – therefore no maintenance.

This is the most important difference between the two types of batteries. AGM batteries are like wet lead-acid batteries on steroids without the water maintenance issues. All the water related problems for normal lead-acid batteries are eliminated. That also eliminates most maintenance and most common causes of premature failure related to wet lead acid batteries. This leaves a battery that can do the job without the maintenance and problems associated with wet lead-acid batteries.

The charging of any battery is another potential problem area and it exists for all batteries, overcharging has ruined many a good set of batteries. Charging needs to be done at a rate that will not damage the battery and long enough to adequately charge the batteries. Each battery has its own algorithm. A batteries algorithm basically is the rate and duration at which it should be charged for optimum performance. AGM batteries have an aggressive algorithm most similar to wet lead-acid batteries. So in many cases the same charger used for wet lead-acid batteries will perform well for an AGM battery. Gel batteries, sometimes called sealed batteries have much different charging requirements. They usually require different chargers or chargers that have a dual setting, one being for gel batteries. One over charging of a gel battery will reduce the output permanently. Wet lead-acid and AGM batteries are also not meant to be overcharged but are not as sensitive as gel batteries to the event.

Other interesting facts about AGM batteries: Shock and vibration resistant, little self discharge per month only 1%, can be installed and operated upright or on it’s side, certified safe for land, sea or air transport by DOT, IATA, IMDG, ICAO. That is to list a few. These batteries are here now and have become a viable alternative option for wet lead-acid batteries. They are more expensive to begin with, so currently the most common use is for AGM batteries are applications where performance is more important than economy. As these batteries gain popularity, as they are, they are a serious rival to the status quo, wet lead-acid battery.

I want to thank the people at Fullriver Battery Company for contributing to this article.

ATG (MarApr10) - Older HD cars, Is my 95 E-Z-GO PDS or DCS

QUESTION:
We are trying to make an older Harley Davidson start and run. It is one of the older two cycle ones. Any input would be appreciated.
A.R. from Ohio

ANSWER:
My staff receives at least 30% of their calls on old two cycle engines, 60% on electric vehicles and the rest on miscellaneous and four cycle. The market still has plenty of those things left. Problem is all the old timers that worked on those things are far and few now. Dealers can still make money on them and customers will be happy you can keep their old jewel going!

So let’s look at the blasts from the past. Just like the present four cycle engine four things are required for the engine to start and run. By the way it is an engine not a motor! Starter/generators are motors. You must have Compression, Intake, Spark and Exhaust.

Within those parameters:
1)
You must see a good flow of fuel to the carburetor. Free of water and old stale gas. You must have a carburetor free of dirt and debris internally (the ability to allow fuel into the intake for atomization).

2) You must have a good solid blue spark (not orange) and not intermittent. This spark must be able to jump a ¼” gap.

3) You must have 120 pounds of compression. Must maintain a minimum of 100psi. Note: you must have full throttle opening to read compression correctly.

4) The muffler must be free of carbon build up and loose baffling. Remove the muffler if you suspect carbon build up and see if the engine will start and run better without it.

5) The engine must be able to “turn over” at least 600 rpm’s (at too low of an rpm the spark will be low and intermittent or not at all). Low rpm will mean low compression. A throttle plate that will not open will create low compression. So be sure to check the relationship of solenoid closing, throttle opening and governor movement. The battery must maintain a minimum of 9.6 volts under load. If not there is a battery issue, connections issues, starter/generator issue, or wiring issues (such as poor grounding). There cannot be mechanical binding from engine components, clutch or other mechanical components that can add an unwanted load on the engine.

6) Check for vacuum leaks at the engine base gasket, crank case, carburetor mounting, reed plate, and carburetor hosing and engine crank shaft seals. Air leaks mean lean fuel to air ratio and the engine will not start or perform poorly.

7) Oil mix is 85:1 (1.5 oz oil to one gallon of gas). We recommend using good synthetic low rpm oil (golf cars are low rpm). Use at 100:1 and make sure it is a very clean oil to prevent carbon build up. High performance, high rpm oils are not a good idea as they are for high rpm engines.

For more information on this subject we have several pages of information in our FAQ section and will be glad to email that to you.

QUESTION:
How do I tell if my E-Z-GO 1995 is a PDS or DCS model?
M.K. from Texas

ANSWER:
First let’s correct a ½ year model misconception. TXT/Medalist are 1994.5 not 1994 so you fall in the 94.5 and up area. Also DCS systems where only around a short while (thankfully). Without going into serial numbers, year breaks and so on let’s look at a sure way you can tell. DCS systems utilize a shifter with a large round disc mounted on the back of it. Do not confuse this with a NON-DCS (series) system that also utilizes a shift lever (but has a metal rod connected to it). If you have a run/tow switch mounted on the black plastic controller cover and has a shift lever it is DCS. A DCS motor will not have speed sensing wires located on the motor end cap.

A PDS system utilizes a shifting rocker switch located in the dash. However, I have received reports of a lever being used on an early proto type production. So to know for sure you will have a run/tow switch located on the controller cover and speed sensor wires on the drive motor end cap.

The other sure fire way is the controller for DCS system is a 10 pin harness plug in. A PDS car has multiple harness pin connections to the controller.

CS (MarApr10) - Fullriver Battery Manufacturing

gcn-marapr-coverFULLRIVER BATTERY MANUFACTURING OFFERS LONG RANGE, MAINTENANCE-FREE, DEEP CYCLE AGM BATTERIES

Fullriver Battery Manufacturing was established in 1995 and specializes in the production of sealed, maintenance-free deep cycle, AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries.  Fullriver offers a complete line of AGM batteries for the golf car, utility vehicle and low speed vehicle (LSV) markets.

AGM batteries are sealed lead-acid batteries, often referred to as VRLA (Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid) batteries.  They are similar to conventional wet lead-acid batteries however the electrolyte/acid is absorbed in a fiberglass material rather than in a liquid form.  Another key difference is that AGM batteries are sealed, so that the gasses produced during operation are recombined and remain within the battery rather than being released into the atmosphere.  The sealed construction means there is no water loss in AGM batteries – therefore no maintenance.

Fullriver batteries are engineered to be true deep cycle batteries that provide the exceptionally long range which is often required in this industry.  More lead can fit in an AGM battery than a traditional wet battery of the same size, allowing for both increased range and battery life.

Fullriver Battery manufactures its batteries from grid casting through final assembly.  This means the entire manufacturing process is controlled within the Fullriver factory to ensure batteries adhere to the engineering specifications.  It also ensures consistency in product quality and performance, which is of utmost importance to Fullriver Battery.

Fullriver Battery has a world-wide presence with distributors and OEM’S throughout North America and overseas.  Product and service are available through our distributor network consisting of highly experienced battery dealers.  Technical support is also available directly at Fullriver USA. For more information visit www.fullriverdcbattery.com.

Industry News - March/April 2010

WORLDWIDE BATTERY COMPANY JOINS TROJAN BATTERY MASTER DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK
Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, announced that WorldWide Battery Company, LLC, has joined its superior network of master distributors to oversee distribution of Trojan Battery products in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. WorldWide Battery, founded in 2001 by Dave Petruzzi and John Petruzzi is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Company’s philosophy of balancing a fiscally conservative management with a steadfast commitment to servicing and maintaining its customers has enabled WorldWide Battery to enjoy rapid, profitable growth over the last nine years. WorldWide Battery currently owns and operates six distribution centers spanning a total of over 75,000 square feet of space.

“WorldWide Battery Company is very pleased to join Trojan’s Master Distributor Network,” said Dean Petruzzi, CEO of WorldWide Battery Company. “As longtime battery specialists, we firmly believe that Trojan products are the highest quality, deep cycle batteries in the world. We have found that the marketplace trusts Trojan brand, making it the unquestioned leader in its field. Our team members are excited to be the newest Master Distributor of Trojan products…it’s brought a new sense of energy to our staff.”

According to David Godber, Executive Vice president of Sales and Marketing for Trojan Battery, “Trojan and WorldWide Battery share similar philosophies and goals, one of which is to provide our customers with the finest quality products and services available. Trojan welcomes WorldWide Battery to our exclusive network and we are confident Trojan’s customers will be pleased with the quality of service provided by WorldWide Battery.”

FAIRPLAY TO USE FULLRIVER AGM BATTERIES
Fairplay Electric Cars, LLC located in Grand Junction, Colorado, will offer its new EVE LSV DELUX LIMITED model exclusively with AGM batteries manufactured by Fullriver Batteries.

“We are very excited to put AGM Fillriver Battery systems into our new LIMITED model,” said Keith Andrews, President of Fairplay. “Our efficient AC motor will extend our range about 25% when paired with our existing lead acid batteries. However, with the added performance of the Fullriver AGM battery system, we predict another sharp increase in range,” added Andrews. “Full performance data is on the way and could put the EVE LSV at the top of the pack for the best range value.”

The Fullriver AGM batteries will also be offered as an upgrade in all models of Fairplay cars, including the HOSS for commercial industrial use, the Legacy Golf products and the popular EVE low speed vehicles for street use.

“Safety and no maintenance are two more advantages Fairplay customers will find extremely appealing,” says Andrews. “Over time we believe our consumers will enjoy the combination of range, safety and hassle free performance enough to help grow our use of Fullriver AGM batteries into half of the cars we sell.”

“The customer experience is the most important thing for us and with the Fullriver AGM batteries we believe our customers will enjoy the best experience possible,” Andrews said. “We are excited to partner with the excellent Fullriver AGM batteries, backed by people who have the experience and professional background to insure a reliable product.

For more information on the fine line of Fairplay Electric Car products, go to www.fairplaycars.com, www.fullriverdcbattery.com or www.eve-lsv.com.

INTRODUCING THE GARIA – THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE GOLF CAR, MADE AT THE SAME FACTORY AS THE PORSCHE CAYMAN AND THE PORSCHE BOXSTER
Innovative thinking and quality craftsmanship make the Garia the only golf car in the world created with meticulous attention to design and luxury. The result is a truly unique golf car that is guaranteed to give you an exceptional driving experience.

The Garia features a built-in refrigerator, hand-stitched seats, and an exclusive personalization program where you can choose to have the Garia painted in your favorite color or matched to your other cars. There is no doubt that you will get the most desirable golf car ever created.

Built to the highest standards of the automotive industry, the Garia features a double wishbone front suspension similar to those found in sports cars and inspired by Formula 1 cars. The drive train is built by Italian company that also produces Ducati gearboxes. The aluminum profiles in the frame are made by the same company that supplies aluminum profiles to Aston Martin, Jaguar and Volvo. Hydraulic brakes on all four wheels with discs in the front and drums at the rear. The Garia is manufactured at the Valmet Automotive factory in Finland, manufacturer of the Porsche Cayman and Porsche Boxster.

Designed by Danish designer Anders Lynge, the Garia follows the renowned Scandinavian tradition of clear-cut and classic lines combined with functionality. The Garia golf car is a complete reinvention of the traditional golf car Unsurpassed in terms of luxury, design and quality, the Garia sets new standards for the golf car industry. Explore the Garia today at www.garia.com.

E-Z-GO INTRODUCES TXT 48 FLEET GOLF CAR
E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, has introduced the TXT 48 fleet golf car, the next generation of the classic E-Z-GO TXT vehicle. The TXT 48 updated the proven E-Z-GO TXT electric golf car platform with a 48-volt DC drivetrain and exclusive TruCourse Technology system that allows golf course operators an unprecedented degree of freedom in tailoring the vehicle’s performance to match the unique topography and conditions of their course.

TruCourse Technology offers more customization settings than any other fleet golf car on the market, allowing course owners to alter TXT 48 performance characteristics such as acceleration and motor-braking to best fit conditions of their course. An optional handheld diagnostic tool provides even greater customization capabilities.

The combination of the 48-volt DC drivetrain and TruCourse Technology also makes the TXT 48 more energy-efficient. The vehicle offers 10 percent greater energy efficiency than the pervious 36-volt TXT golf car, and its improved regenerative braking system provides up to 10 percent more power back into the batteries under normal operating conditions – lowering operating costs for the golf course operator.

The same technology gives the TXT 48 better on-course performance than its predecessor, with greater, more consistent power and hill-climbing from the first hole of the day to the last, and downhill speed control that offers a comfortable ride over even steep paths and grades.

“Whether a golf facility needs the industry-leading, second-to-none energy efficiency and performance of the RXV, or the enhanced performance, classic styling and increased efficiency of the TXT 48, E-Z-GO offers the fleet golf car to meet those needs.” Holleran said. Like all E-Z-GO vehicles, the TXT 48 is manufactured in Augusta, Ga., at E-Z-GO’s world headquarters, recently honored as one of the top ten manufacturing facilities in North America by Industry Week magazine. For information visit www.ezgo.com.

COLUMBIA WINS ANOTHER LARGE ORDER FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
First of Nearly 1,000 Low-Speed Vehicles Being Installed Now

Two months after Columbia ParCar Corp. of Reedsburg, Wisconsin announced it landed a 799 vehicle order from the General Services Administration; the company was awarded an additional order for 192 of the same model vehicles from the U.S. Government. “The order of 799 vehicles was the single largest order ever for electric-powered, Low Speed Vehicles,” Todd Sauey, Columbia’s President said. “To obtain the award for 192 more vehicles so quickly is confirmation Columbia is providing vehicles that fit well into the U.S. Government’s objectives.”

Shipments for the first order of all-electric vehicles have already begun and are destined to 47 separate U.S. Army installations throughout the United States. The most recent order for 192 additional vehicles is planned to be installed at carious locations that include U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine installations, as well as certain FAA installations, Kennedy Space Center and numerous National Parks throughout the United States.

Columbia has been selling vehicles to various government agencies for years. However, these two orders alone represent more sales of Low Speed Vehicles to the government than the total volume reported through the General Service Administration from all suppliers, the 21 month period ending September 30, 2009. Columbia is planning to have all of the nearly 1,000 vehicles delivered in accordance with the Government’s requirements by March of 2010.

The Low Speed Vehicles, sometimes referred to as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, purchased first are a part of the Army’s far-reaching energy security strategy. It’s designed to save energy and money, help wean the Army from fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the U.S. Army, the 799 vehicles are part of a three-year plan to replace 4,000 non-tactical, gasoline-powered vehicles used for passenger transport, security patrol, delivery services and maintenance purposes.

Columbia officials shared information form a January news release in which the U.S. Army reported estimated annual energy savings of $740 for each electric vehicle used in place of a gasoline-powered car. “Saving more than $500,000 each year by developing only 799 vehicles in a fleet of more than 70,000 is a strong driver for any organization. It also is a great example of how these vehicles are not only good for the environment and our nation’s energy policy, but good for the economy as well. Breckley added. For more information visit www.parcar.com.

MOREAU JOINS STAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
A single news story turned into a new career. TV newscaster Jeff Moreau has left the anchor desk at Fox Carolina to join Star Electric Vehicles. Moreau is now the corporate accounts and Marketing Manager for the Greenville-based electric car company.

Last October, Moreau featured Star EV during one of his nightly newscasts. So impressed with their product d people, he couldn’t pass up the new career path. Moreau joins one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing private companies; a leader in clean smart, electric transportation.

Moreau signed off the air after a decade in TV news. Star is proud to welcome Moreau’s personality, energy and first-class communication skills in building its brand and strengthening its share of the electric car market. You can say the stars truly aligned here.

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