Industry News - May/June 2014

ON OR OFF ROAD…THE MAGELLAN HAS IT ALL!
STAR EV (brand of JH Global Services, Inc.) is pleased to announce the introduction of the STAR EV Magellan on/off road golf car or personal transport vehicle with seating up to 6 people. This is not your ordinary golf car! The Magellan is built on an aluminum chassis, with a powerful AC motor rated at 6 continuous and 22 Peak horsepower. The Magellan also has a walk away braking system, full independent front suspension, four wheel disc brakes and a 16:1 rear end gear to give it best-in-class help climbing ability. The Magellan can be made street legal to allow travel on roads with posted speeds of 35 MPH or less. On mostly flat surfaces, the Magellan can go up to 60 miles plus on a single charge.  No other vehicle offers all these great features in one car!
The STAR EV Magellan can be purchased from any of STAR EV’s 200+ dealers.  You can use the dealer locator and check out the Magellan brochure at www.starev.com

CLUB CAR ANNOUNCES REENGINEERED, RESYTLED LINE OF CARRYALL UTILITY VEHICLES FOR 2014
Automotive styling enhances comfort; EFI engine boosts power, increases fuel efficiency
Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced that its 2014 line of Carryall utility vehicles has been reengineered and restyled with a more powerful engine, a high-efficiency charging system and a bed box that protects and organizes equipment.
A 14hp-rated Subaru 404cc overhead cam engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI) boosts horsepower by more than 30 percent and increases fuel efficiency by almost 50 percent over previous gas-powered Carryall vehicles. Without a choke or carburetor, EFI engines also start more quickly, even in frigid weather. The engine’s filter-less oil system may also decrease maintenance costs.
Carryall’s electric-powered vehicles with the IQ Plus powertrain also get a boost in 2014 with a new solid-state, high-efficiency charging system.
Carryall’s redesigned bed box – lined with the same material used in many pickup trucks – is sturdier, longer lasting and quieter than previous bed constructions. Rustproof aluminum side panels feature a fully integrated track-based attachment system for organizing and transporting shovels, rakes, blowers and other equipment. Movable bed dividers and cargo tie-down loops stabilize cargo to reduce shifting.
Contoured seating and more space between the seat back and a new ergonomically engineered soft-grip steering wheel increase driver comfort. The shifter and gauges are now integrated into an automotive-style dash.
The Carryall 300, 500, 550 and 700 models also feature a stylish look with LED taillights and halogen headlights. Larger cowls made of ArmorFlex material and bumpers and fenders made of resilient plastic replace the boxy look of many utility vehicles, giving Carryall a more rugged appearance and feel.
The new line of Carryall vehicles is backed by a longer warranty period on most models that increases the warranty period for gas and electric powertrains from two to three years and increases warranty period for most other components from one to two years.
Additional Features and Benefits:
•    Single-handed latch-and-release tailgate, similar to a tailgate on a pickup truck, spans the entire bed and can be opened from
either side.
•    Optional cab (integrated into the vehicle’s design) features a windshield and doors that sit flush with the frame and do not require
an adapter kit.
•    Larger tires (20” vs. 18”) increase traction and ground clearance to deliver a more comfortable ride while decreasing turf
compaction.
Club Car offers more than 28 light-, medium- and heavy-duty models and configurations of utility and transport vehicles. The vehicles are available in 2-, 4-, 6- and 8-passenger models powered by gasoline and diesel engines and electric motors.
Note: Engine horsepower and torque specifications are provided by the engine manufacturer. Actual horsepower and torque in use may differ and are dependent on environmental conditions as well as the maintenance condition of the engine.

COUNTRY CLUB OF LITTLE ROCK’S KEITH IHMS, CGCS, ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION
Certified Golf Course Superintendent Keith A. Ihms, director of grounds maintenance at the Country Club of Little Rock (Ark.), was elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association’s annual meeting Feb. 6 in Orlando, Fla.
The annual meeting was held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show (Feb. 1-6).
Ihms has been with the Country Club of Little Rock since 2005. Previously, he was superintendent at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Pine Forest Country Club in Houston; Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club in Humble, Texas; and Golf Crest Country Club in Pearland, Texas.
A 33-year GCSAA member, Ihms is a member of the Arkansas GCSA and a past president of the Lone Star GCSA, the North Texas GCSA and the South Texas GCSA. He is also a member and past president of the Texas Turfgrass Association and a member of the USGA Green Section Committee. A native of Llano, Texas, Ihms graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy.
Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org.

MEET THE STYLISH NEW STAR EV, THE CLASSIC ROADSTER
STAR EV (Brand of JH Global Services, Inc.) is pleased to announce the new Classic Roadster series as a luxury golf and recreation model. From 4 to 8 passengers seating, the Classic Roadster is great for use on the road and on the golf course with the optional removable all-aluminum golf bag holder.  The Roadster is sure to turn heads with its sleek and classic style.
With families and guests in mind, our Roadster can shuttle large groups safely, comfortably and in style! The Classic Roadster is perfect for transporting people at churches, hotels & resorts with a very unique style separating your business from the others. The 7 HP AC motor paired with the leading Curtis AC controller and Trojan batteries give the Classic Roadster a very powerful approach to the road. Yes, the programmable Curtis controller allows to you slow down or speed up the vehicle based on the application requirement.
The STAR EV Classic Roadster series is a deluxe electric vehicle with a premium interior package including a lockable glove box, automotive style black leather look vinyl seats, lockable front hood trunk space area, seatbelts and an optional roof.
The STAR EV Classic Roadster can be purchased from any of STAR EV’s 200+ dealers.  You can use the dealer locator and check out the Classic Roadster brochure at www.starev.com

JACOBSEN ACQUIRES MOWER MANUFACTURER DIXIE CHOPPER
Jacobsen®, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has acquired the assets of Dixie Chopper®, a Coatesville, Indiana-based manufacturer of zero-turn radius mowers for the commercial and residential markets.
“The addition of Dixie Chopper expands our reach into the consumer and commercial sectors, including municipalities, with a full range of zero-turn mowers known for their speed, quality and performance,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. “It’s really a win-win for both companies and we look forward to building customer relationships together with Dixie Chopper.”
Known as “the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower®,” Dixie Chopper mowers are capable of mowing up to 6.6 acres per hour. The company manufactures eleven models of zero-turn mowers, from the residential Zee 2TM with 21 HP Kawasaki® engine and 42” deck to the industrial category XCaliber TM Twin with two 27 HP Generac® engines and 74” deck.
“We are excited to join the Jacobsen and Textron family of brands,” said Dixie Chopper Chairman Art Evans. “Our line of zero-turn radius mowers fit perfectly into the Jacobsen portfolio of products and we look forward to working together to serve more customers. The joining of Dixie Chopper and Jacobsen offers an opportunity for Dixie Chopper to reach a larger market and expand brand awareness in the process.”
Jacobsen will continue to operate Dixie Chopper out of the company’s Indiana facilities and its existing management team will join Jacobsen.
With the addition of Dixie Chopper, Jacobsen offers a complete product line of turf maintenance equipment, including zero-turn mowers, small and large area reel mowers, trim mowers, wide-area rotary mowers, aerators, sprayers, utility vehicles and renovation equipment.
Additional information about the company can be found at www.jacobsen.com. To learn more about Dixie Chopper and view the complete lineup of zero-turn lawn mowers, visit the company’s website at www.dixiechopper.com.

DISPLAY HIGHLIGHTS THE FIRST TEE PROGRAM AND JOHN DEERE’S PASSION FOR GOLF
Spectators at this week’s Valero Texas Open can learn more about The First Tee of Greater San Antonio youth development program and John Deere’s passion for golf by visiting a tournament display sponsored by Deere.
Deere is a national corporate partner of The First Tee, a non-profit youth organization that uses golf as a platform to teach life and leadership skills and provide character education programs for young people.
“We look forward to sharing our story about our program’s positive impact in the lives of youth,” said Mary Carriker, executive director of The First Tee of Greater San Antonio. “Sponsors help us impart important life skills to young people of the San Antonio area as well as expose them to careers in the turf care industry.”
John Deere’s strong commitment to the game of golf is the overall theme of a multimedia display that will premiere at the Valero Texas Open and then visit seven other PGA TOUR events this year. Carriker notes that the display at the Valero Texas Open will be near the 17th green.
Besides The First Tee, the display showcases John Deere’s commitment to golf, which dates back to the 1930s when golf course superintendents began relying on John Deere equipment for turf care and maintenance.
“John Deere is a part of golf’s past, present, and future,” said James M. Field, president of Deere’s Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division, noting that the company currently is the official equipment supplier of the PGA TOUR; the title sponsor of a PGA TOUR event, the John Deere Classic; and a sponsor of professional golfer Zach Johnson.
In 2013, Deere announced a $1 million 5-year donation to The First Tee, which includes support for The First Tee chapters such as San Antonio and the creation of “Careers on Course” - a program introducing teens to careers in golf course management and the science of agronomy.
The First Tee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than nine million young people in all 50 United States and four international locations.
For more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com.

Industry News - March/April 2014

U.S. BATTERY TEAMS WITH COLUMBIA PARCAR AND DRIVE FOR VETERANS TO RAISE MONEY FOR WOUNDED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
U.S. Battery manufacturing is “powering” an effort by Columbia ParCar Corp of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in sponsoring Drive For Veterans, a cross-country fundraising trip to provide support and awareness for wounded American veterans. The Drive For Veterans is scheduled to begin October 19, 2013 in San Diego, California, and end approximately 45 days later at The Villages in North Central Florida.
Columbia ParCar has set this entire event up from start to finish, and as the organizing sponsor, the company is providing four vehicles that will be powered by U.S. Battery US2200 deep-cycle golf car batteries. Another two vehicles will tag along as support, with one utilizing eight U.S. Battery AGM2224 batteries. “We’re extremely happy that Columbia ParCar chose U.S. Battery products to power its electric vehicles across the country in this important fund raiser,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “Because U.S. Battery products carry maximum amperage for longer periods of time, and reach peak capacity sooner, our batteries will give the vehicles the performance necessary to help achieve their daily mileage goals.”
The participants will stop at various cities and events across the country, in an effort to raise $500,000 that will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation and Semper Fi Fund. The Fisher House Foundation provides “comfort homes” at major military medical centers to enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial support during hospitalization and recovery. “This cross-country trip will highlight the needs of wounded veterans nationwide while also helping to provide the financial and emotional support and care our heroes need to heal and rebuild their lives,” says Todd Sauey, President of Columbia ParCar. In addition to the various stops, the teams will give presentations to teach young students about how electric vehicle technology can help conserve energy, the environment, and the economy.
For more information on Drive For Veterans, visit www.driveforveterans.com. For additional information on U.S. Battery products, visit them online at www.USBattery.com.

CLUB CAR INTRODUCES NEW NAME FOR EFFICIENCY, RELIABILITY IN ADVANCED ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM
E.R.I.C. ensures reliable charging through voltage spikes and sags
Club Car’s new advanced electrical charging system is designed around an intelligent long-term storage algorithm that continuously monitors changes in voltage and charges the golf car’s batteries when needed.
E.R.I.C., an acronym that stands for efficient, reliable, intelligent and connected, draws a maximum of 7.5 amps (lowest among major golf car manufacturers) and is designed to operate with AC input voltages of 85-270 VAC, which ensures reliable charging through voltage spikes and sags.
“E.R.I.C. makes the charging process more efficient and more reliable,” said Randy Marquardt, Club Car’s vice president of global marketing. “It’s a tool that enhances the health and performance of our customers’ golf car fleets.” One of E.R.I.C.’s most anticipated features is a system of visible and audible indicators that communicate to cart barn staff that a car is charging.
“E.R.I.C.’s status lights and buzzers practically eliminate the possibility that anyone thinks cars are being charged when they’re not,” Marquardt said. By allowing system updates and battery status to be transferred by plugging a flash drive into a USB port in the charger, E.R.I.C. saves staff time and keeps cars on the course, instead of in the cart barn waiting for maintenance.
Additional features and benefits of ERIC include:
Efficient
•    Efficiency increased to 91 percent from 75 to 80 percent (previous model) based on 120 VAC.
•    Maximum amp draw reduced to 7.5 amps, allowing two chargers to be safely connected to one 20-amp circuit if needed. (Club Car recommends that each ERIC charger is connected to a dedicated 15 or 20 amp separately protected single phase circuit.)
Reliable
•    Lightweight (weight reduced from 22 lbs./10.0 kg to 8 lbs./3.6 kg), solid-state design withstands dust and moisture and operates between minus 40° (40° C) to 149° (65° C).
•    Charger monitors battery pack voltage to send the proper amount of electricity to fully charge the batteries.
•    The charger has an intelligent long-term storage algorithm that continuously monitors changes in voltage and charges when needed.
•    Charger will turn on if voltage in the battery pack is as low as 8 volts, compared to 30 volts previously. This feature was incorporated as a safeguard for customers who do not properly charge and store cars during winter months.
•    Operates across an 85-to-270 voltage range, accommodating voltage spikes and sags and providing the flexibility for the same model to be used globally.
•    External connections for AC and DC cords prevent damage to internal charger components when charger cords are snagged in the cart barn. Cords are easily replaced if damaged.
Intelligent
•    Utilizes an intelligent DV/DT charging algorithm that can modify the charge cycle depending on the batteries’ needs.
•    Features simple visual indication of AC power connection, battery charge status and faults.
•    The car is equipped with a dash light to communicate when charging begins in the cart barn and when the batteries are below 20 percent and below 10 percent state of charge while the car is on the course.
•    The car also provides an audible alert when charging begins by sounding the reverse buzzer three times.
Connected
•    2-way communication via USB port, enabling the upload and download of information and updates via a USB flash drive.
•    The new controller accompanying the ERIC charging system continuously monitors battery status. When equipped with Visage, the car communicates battery status, location and other information via the Internet.

MANIKANDAN DUNAMIS TO SUPPLY TROJAN BATTERIES IN INDIA
Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, today announced Manikandan Dunamis Pvt. Ltd will distribute Trojan’s deep-cycle batteries in India.  Manikandan Dunamis will sell and service Trojan products for a wide range of applications, strengthening Trojan’s brand name in the country.
The formal announcement will be made today at 3 p.m. at a press conference at the TAJ Club House in Chennai, India.  Executives in attendance from Trojan Battery include Jeff Elder, president and CEO, and Mat Segal, senior vice president of international sales, as well as executives from Manikandan Dunamis.  In addition, special guest and government dignitaries attending today’s event include Jennifer McIntyre, consul General, and James Golsen, principal commercial officer from the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai.
“Trojan has taken a comprehensive look at the Indian subcontinent and has strategically targeted geographic regions and premium market segments that have a demonstrated need for Trojan’s deep-cycle battery solutions,” said Jeff Elder, president and CEO at Trojan.  “Trojan is excited by the potential to continue growing market share in the country through our alliance with Manikandan Dunamis.”
Manikandan Dunamis’ distribution of Trojan batteries will focus initially on southern India, primarily the states of Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Pondicherry with plans to expand further in the Asian subcontinent based on market demand.
Manikandan Dunamis is a leading supplier of premium products in the region and will offer Trojan’s broad line of deep-cycle flooded, AGM and gel batteries to support all market segments with a particular focus on electric vehicles, inverter, telecom, floor machines, golf and utility vehicles, marine/recreational vehicle, and various renewable energy applications.  The company will maintain an extensive stock of Trojan battery models to ensure product availability to meet immediate customer needs.
“Being named as a Trojan master distributor provides Manikandan Dunamis opportunities to supply advanced Trojan battery technologies to a variety of emerging markets in the region including golf and renewable energy,” said S. Sivakumar, managing director of Manikandan Dunamis.  “Working closely with Trojan Battery to develop programs, define markets, and service customers will ensure our overall success of supplying batteries to power our customer needs in the region.”
The official signing of the contract was executed in the presence of Jeff Elder president and CEO of Trojan Battery Company and S. Krishnakumar joint managing director of Manikandan Dunamis.

Trojan Battery Projects in India
Trojan batteries have been successfully used in recent years throughout India in the harshest tropical conditions.  Applications include golf cars, off-grid solar energy, rural telecom and boats.  Notable projects include two off-grid eco-resorts which were nominated for Intersolar “Solar Projects in India” awards.  Both the Spice Village and Hibiscus Villa eco-resorts were developed in conjunction with TeamSustain, and are powered by off-grid renewable energy solar applications with Trojan batteries as the energy storage solution — making the resorts immune to power failure or grid quality.
For more information on Trojan Battery Company, visit www.trojanbattery.com.

CORRECTION:
From page 38, January/February issue the Bat Mobile should be credited to Carts on 12, from New Buffalo, Michigan. We apologize for the error.

Industry News - January/February 2014

CLUB CAR ANNOUNCES REENGINEERED, RESTYLED LINE OF CARRYALL UTILITY VEHICLES FOR 2014
EFI boosts horsepower, increases fuel efficiency
Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced that its 2014 line of Carryall utility vehicles has been reengineered and restyled with a more powerful engine, a high-efficiency charging system and a bed box that protects and organizes equipment.
A 14hp-rated Subaru 404cc overhead cam engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI) boosts horsepower by more than 30 percent and increases fuel efficiency by almost 50 percent over previous gas-powered Carryall vehicles. A new Carryall loaded with more than a half ton of cargo is estimated to get approximately 27 miles per gallon. Without a choke or carburetor, EFI engines also start quicker, even in frigid weather. The engine’s filter-less oil system also may decrease maintenance costs.
Carryall’s electric-powered vehicles with the IQ Plus powertrain also get a boost in 2014 with a new solid-state, high-efficiency charging system.
Carryall’s redesigned bed box – lined with the same material used in many pickup trucks – is sturdier, longer lasting and quieter than previous bed constructions. Rustproof aluminum side panels feature a fully integrated track-based attachment system for organizing and transporting shovels, rakes, blowers and other equipment. Movable bed dividers and cargo tie-down loops stabilize cargo to reduce shifting.
Contoured seating and more space between the seat back and a new ergonomically engineered soft-grip steering wheel increase driver comfort. The shifter and gauges are now integrated into an automotive-style dash.
The Carryall 300, 500, 550 and 700 models also feature a stylish look with LED taillights and halogen headlights. Larger cowls made of Club Car’s exclusive ArmorFlex material and bumpers and fenders made of resilient plastic replace the boxy look of many utility vehicles, giving Carryall a more rugged appearance and feel.
The new line of Carryall vehicles is backed by an expanded warranty on most models  that increases the coverage for gas and electric powertrains from two to three years and increases coverage for most other components from one to two years.
Additional Features and Benefits:
•    Single-handed latch-and-release tailgate, similar to a tailgate on a pickup truck, spans the entire bed and can be opened from either side.
•    Optional cab (integrated into the vehicle’s design) features a windshield and doors that sit flush with the frame and do not require an adapter kit.
•    Larger tires (20” vs. 18”) increase traction and ground clearance to deliver a more comfortable ride while decreasing turf compaction.
Club Car offers more than 28 light-, medium- and heavy-duty models and configurations of utility and transport vehicles. The vehicles are available in 2-, 4-, 6- and 8-passenger models powered by gasoline and diesel engines and electric motors.
Note: Engine horsepower and torque specifications are provided by the engine manufacturer. Actual horsepower and torque in use may differ and are dependent on environmental conditions as well as the maintenance condition of the engine.
For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or clubcar.com.

TROJAN BATTERY NAMES ED DUNLAP SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Trojan Battery Co., the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has appointed Ed Dunlap as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).  Dunlap will be responsible for all aspects of Trojan Battery’s finance programs as well as lead the company’s finance, information technology and commodities strategies teams.  He also will serve as a member of Trojan’s Executive Steering Committee.
Dunlap’s responsibilities will include management of all aspects of Trojan Battery’s accounting, finance, treasury, tax planning, information systems, risk management, legal, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance and all lead/scrap activities.
“Trojan has a very aggressive growth agenda both in the U.S., and more importantly internationally, as we continue our expansion as a global energy solutions provider,” said Jeff Elder, president and chief executive officer of Trojan Battery.  “This global focus requires the ability to quickly establish Trojan in other parts of the world and to develop the structures and partnerships necessary to grow our business in every region.  Ed brings a significant amount of knowledge and international business expertise which will help Trojan move forward into new markets worldwide. His extensive background in international business, especially the India marketplace, provides Trojan with valuable insight which will support our market growth strategy over the next few years.”
Dunlap brings more than 30 years of experience to Trojan Battery, and has served in various finance and CFO roles for both private and publicly traded companies including BF Goodrich Tires, PepsiCo Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Gap Inc., Wild Oats Markets, Shaklee Co. and Exxel Outdoors.
Dunlap received an MBA from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Ore.
For more information on Trojan Battery Company, visit www.trojanbattery.com.

CURTIS INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING
Curtis Industries LLC, manufacturer of cabs, enclosures, attachments, and accessories for compact vehicles including tractors, golf cars, and utility vehicles, has added two employees as part of its ongoing strategy to strengthen business development and communication with its dealers.
Randy Ploof joins Curtis as Business Development Manager for the U.S. Eastern Region, encompassing 22 states from Maine to Florida.  He brings 25 years’ experience in business management, sales and customer service to the position. Mr. Ploof will concentrate his efforts on improving dealer relationships and expanding Curtis’ customer base in the region.
“Randy has a solid history of building successful relationships with his customers,” said Michael Alexander, Curtis Industries VP of Sales and Marketing. “I know he will add strength and leadership to the role as we broaden and deepen our dealer relationships.”
Mark Manno joins Curtis as Marketing Manager. He brings strong marketing and communication experience to the role. Mr. Manno will lead the efforts to increase the company’s online presence and improve website capabilities.  He will work closely with business development managers, product marketing and sales to identify opportunities to improve communications and dealer support.
“The Voice of the Customer (VOC) is critical to our strategy,” adds Alexander. “We’re focused on the fundamentals: listening to our customers, providing superior dealer support and offering innovative products. The addition of Randy and Mark will help sharpen our strategic investment in the future.” For more information on Curtis products please visit www.curtiscab.com.

US BATTERY TEAMS WITH COLUMBIA PARCAR AND DRIVE FOR VETERANS TO RAISE MONEY FOR WOUNDED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
U.S. Battery manufacturing is “powering” an effort by Columbia ParCar Corp of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in sponsoring Drive For Veterans, a cross-country fundraising trip to provide support and awareness for wounded American veterans. The Drive For Veterans is scheduled to begin October 19, 2013 in San Diego, California, and end approximately 45 days later at The Villages in North Central Florida.
Columbia ParCar has set this entire event up from start to finish, and as the organizing sponsor, the company is providing four vehicles that will be powered by U.S. Battery US2200 deep-cycle golf car batteries. Another two vehicles will tag along as support, with one utilizing eight U.S. Battery AGM2224 batteries. “We’re extremely happy that Columbia ParCar chose U.S. Battery products to power its electric vehicles across the country in this important fund raiser,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “Because U.S. Battery products carry maximum amperage for longer periods of time, and reach peak capacity sooner, our batteries will give the vehicles the performance necessary to help achieve their daily mileage goals.”
The participants will stop at various cities and events across the country, in an effort to raise $500,000 that will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation and Semper Fi Fund. The Fisher House Foundation provides “comfort homes” at major military medical centers to enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial support during hospitalization and recovery. “This cross-country trip will highlight the needs of wounded veterans nationwide while also helping to provide the financial and emotional support and care our heroes need to heal and rebuild their lives,” says Todd Sauey, President of Columbia ParCar.  In addition to the various stops, the teams will give presentations to teach young students about how electric vehicle technology can help conserve energy, the environment, and the economy
For more information on Drive For Veterans, visit www.driveforveterans.com or www.USBATTERY.com.

STAR EV FEATURES CURTIS CABS ON THE NEW HEAVY DUTY UTILITY U SERIES LINE
STAR EV (Brand of JH Global Services, Inc.) is pleased to announce the introduction of the 48 Volt DC and 72 Volt AC all-electric U Series Heavy Duty Utility line featuring all-American made Curtis Cabs.  Curtis industries, LLC is a leading manufacturer of quality cab enclosures and related accessories for compact tractors, golf cars, and utility vehicles.
The STAR EV U Series 48 Volt DC and 72 Volt AC trucks are extremely versatile boasting up to 2,200lbs of carrying capacity!  Equipped with a material-handling grade Curtis programmable controller, the U Series can be purchased in LSV or non-LSV versions.  In addition, the Star EV Custom Solutions team can design any U Series platform to meet your specific application needs.  We specialize in designing multi-purpose aluminum boxes, ladder racks, removable stake sides, and more.
The Curtis built cab features quick release removable doors, heavy gauge powder-coated steel construction and it has a salt test rating of 400 hours for maximum rust prevention.  Other important features include windshield wiper, opening hinged front windshield and sliding rear for maximum ventilation, driver side storage net, easy view side and review mirrors, pre-drilled holes for accessories like strobe and LED front/rear added lighting and much more.  Optional fan, heater, defrosters, and more can also be ordered as an option.  The STAR EV U Series can also be built as a flat-bed unit without cab for indoor use.
The STAR EV line includes over 40 varieties all-electric burden carriers, people movers, golf cars and street legal vehicles.  The 10-year old company has grown rapidly by offering highly customized products with industry leading drivetrains including Curtis Controllers, Advanced DC motors and Trojan deep-cycle batteries.  STAR is represented and supported by over 200+ dealers along with other B2B relationships where service is in-house with multi-locations.  Notable customers include: U.S. Airways, Delta Airlines, 100+ Government entities through two GSA schedules, Ritz-Carlton, 75+ public and private Universities, Boeing, GE, Wyndham Resorts, BMW, Waldorf Astoria, and many more.
For more information please visit our website at www.starev.com for a dealer nearest you

TROJAN BATTERY INTRODUCES VIDEO TUTORIALS FOR HYDROLINKTM SINGLE-POINT WATERING SYSTEM
Trojan Battery Co., the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, today launched two HydroLink™ Trojan Tips video tutorials which provide important information on installing and using HydroLink to water flooded batteries, an important maintenance practice to maintain battery performance and longevity.
One video focuses on general installation of HydroLink on any type of equipment using the single-point watering system to simplify maintenance, and the second video focuses on installing and using HydroLink in a golf car.  Both illustrate how to use either a hand pump or a regulated hose supply to water Trojan batteries.
These are the latest additions to the company’s “Trojan Tips” video series developed to provide in-depth information as well as expand awareness and understanding of deep-cycle battery technology.  The public, as well as Trojan distributors, dealers and customers can visit Trojan’s website to view a wide range of video tutorials and learn more about a variety of deep-cycle battery topics.
“Since a deep-cycle flooded battery loses water during charging, water must be added on a regular basis to maintain life and performance,” said Vicki Hall, Trojan’s director of global technical support, and host of the “Trojan Tips” educational series.  “Watering batteries can sometimes be messy and difficult, so single-point watering systems, such as Trojan’s HydroLink, have been designed to make the job easier.  HydroLink delivers the proper amount of water needed, and fills a set of batteries in less than 30 seconds.”
Trojan developed the “Trojan Tips” series to educate the public on a variety of important battery-related subjects that can positively impact the performance and longevity of deep-cycle batteries used to power electrical equipment.  Topics such as selecting the right battery, maintenance techniques and appropriate charging and equalization guidelines are just some of the subjects addressed in the video tutorials.
To learn more about Trojan’s deep-cycle batteries used in floor scrubber and floor sweeper equipment, please visit us this week at ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2013 at booth #847. For more information on Trojan Battery Company, visit www.trojanbattery.com.

CLUB CAR RECALLS 1,450 GOLF CARS
Business News reports that Club Car of Augusta, Georgia is recalling about 1,450 cars with front wheel spindles that can crack and affect steering, regulators said.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission said Club Car is providing a free inspection and repair of the wheel hub retaining nut.
Five models of cars are involed in the recall, including the Precedent 12 Excel, Precedent 12 4-passenger Excel, Precedent 12 gas, Precedent 12 gas and Precedent 12L Excel.
The affected cars were sold at Club Car dealers in June 2013 for between $5,000 and $8,000.
Consumers can call 800-227-0728 for information.

Industry News - November/December 2013

U.S. BATTERY GOLF-CAR BATTERIES PROVIDE THE MOST USEABLE RUN-TIME AND REACH RATED CAPACITY FASTER
U.S. Battery Manufacturing Deep-Cycle batteries allow golf car owners and fleets significant money-saving advantages.  U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s 6-volt, 8 volt and 12-volt deep-cycle golf car batteries incorporate the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology®. This combination of extremely efficient synthetic tetrabasic lead sulfate crystal structures (TTBLS), allow U.S. Battery’s products to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles, to provide higher total energy delivery, and extended battery life.  “Our batteries with XC2™ formulation reach peak capacity in as little as 25 cycles. At the same time increasing rated capacity and extending the service life of the battery,” explains Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “This gives golf car fleets and individual owners a longer-lasting, more efficient battery that saves time, money, and never leaves anyone stranded on the golf course.”
U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s exceptional battery performance was proven when a team of retired and off-duty U.S. Coast Guard members (Carting For A Cause), drove a golf car across the United States to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The golf car, powered by eight U.S. Battery Manufacturing US145 XC2™ batteries, averaged 25 miles per hour and 200 miles per day.  “With daily recharging, using Delta-Q, QuiQTM industrial battery chargers, the team had no problem completing their fund raising trip,” said Wallace.
U.S. Battery’s deep-cycle batteries are available in a variety of sizes and amp-hour capacity ratings. They also feature extra heavy-duty connector lugs and a tough polypropylene exterior case. The U. S. Battery brand also features its exclusive SpeedCap® positive locking vent system, designed for safe, clean hassle free maintenance. Visit www.usbattery.com.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF XC2™:
•    Highest initial capacity.
•    Fastest cycle up to full rated capacity.
•    Highest total energy delivered over the life of the battery.
•    Ultimate compatibility with the wide range of chargers used in the field.
•    High charge efficiency designed to meet the new California Energy Commission regulations for combined charger/battery charge    efficiency.

REDESIGNED E-Z-GO FREEDOM TXT TRAVELS THE GOLF COURSE AND NEIGHBORHOOD IN STYLE
E-Z-GO introduces its redesigned Freedom TXT personal golf car, updating the model’s classic look and proven performance and offering a host of enhancements to make the vehicle even more fun for the family, whether it’s crossing the fairways of the golf course or traversing the neighborhood paths.
“In designing the new Freedom TXT, our goal was simply to make a personal vehicle that was a little more comfortable and a whole lot of fun,” said Eric Bondy, vice president, consumer business for E-Z-GO, a division of Textron Inc. “It’s built to put smiles on faces, whether Mom is using it to play 18 holes in the morning, or Dad is taking the kids to the community pool in the afternoon.”
The new Freedom TXT’s styling follows modern automotive design cues, giving the vehicle a sleek, contemporary appearance. Its front cowl and body panels are crafted from durable automotive-quality materials with an attractive, painted finish resistant to scratches and fading. The new front bumper withstands repeated 5-mph impacts, and the TXT’s steel-reinforced rear bumper is the strongest in the industry.
The Freedom TXT’s new sun top boasts a double-walled construction and an industry-first molded-in grab handle. The canopy is angled downward to eliminate standing water, and a 360-degree drip edge funnels water away from occupants, keeping riders dry.
Inside the vehicle, numerous enhancements make a ride in the Freedom TXT more comfortable and more fun. Upgraded seating provides better lower back support and more cushioning for a softer ride. The forward-neutral-reverse switch has been relocated to a central location along the bench seat’s centerline, placing controls at the driver’s fingertips for easier access and quick changes of direction.
The Freedom TXT’s dashboard has larger cupholders to hold bigger cups and water bottles, positioned in the center of the vehicle to keep them within arm’s reach. Dashboard storage pockets are also larger than before, and are placed higher in the dash compartment to better protect stored items from the elements.  The Freedom TXT’s dashboard can be equipped with an optional USB charger to power mobile phones and other small electronics.
The two-passenger model features an oversized bagwell to accommodate larger golf bags. The Freedom TXT is also available in a four-passenger model with a rear-facing seat that can carry up to two additional passengers.
The Freedom TXT is available in an electric model powered by a 48-volt DC drivetrain for silent, zero-emissions operation and the best energy efficiency of any DC-powered golf car available. For drivers who prefer a gas engine, the Freedom TXT’s gas-powered model sports a 13.5 hp, 401cc Kawasaki® engine with a hemispheric combustion chamber for optimal power and fuel efficiency.
The Freedom TXT is available now from your local E-Z-GO Authorized Dealer. For more information about the redesigned Freedom TXT, and to find your local dealer, visit ezgo.com.

GOLF CAR SHOP CATCHES FIRE
Crews battled a two-alarm fire at a golf cart sales and repair company in El Cajon Tuesday morning.
The non-injury fire at Cottonwood Electric Cart Service at 700 El Cajon Blvd. erupted around 4:45 a.m., according to a Heartland fire dispatcher. Crews declared the main part of the fire knocked down at 5:31 a.m., she said. The fire started in a small building then jumped to the two-story building, according to fire officials.
Traffic was blocked from traveling along El Cajon Boulevard during the morning commute. No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.

YAMAHA SELECTS TROJAN’S NEW TRAVELER™ 8V LONG-LIFE BATTERY FOR 2014 ELECTRIC VEHICLE MODELS
Yamaha Golf-Car Co. will introduce the Traveler™ 8V long-life battery from Trojan Battery Co. in its 2014 lines of electric fleet golf, personal transport and utility vehicles. Trojan’s Traveler 8V is a newly designed, deep-cycle battery which delivers more than 40 percent longer life than traditional 8-volt batteries on the market today.
“I am excited that Yamaha has once again teamed up with Trojan, the leading battery manufacturer in our industry, to offer the new Traveler 8V battery,” said Tom McDonald, president of Yamaha Golf-Car Co. “This 30,000 amp hour battery will now give us the opportunity to offer a solution to a golf course that has exceptionally high amp hour usage, without worrying about replacing batteries before their lease is up. Or as we like to say, ‘Don’t let your lease outlive your batteries!’ We look at this as partnering with our customers to give them options on lowering their total cost of operating their golf car fleet.”
The Traveler 8V design includes Trojan’s patent-pending Internal Battery Protection System which features thicker grids, membrane-wrapped plates, and Trojan’s exclusive T2 Technology™ with Maxguard® T2 multi-rib separators. To further extend overall battery life, Traveler 8V also incorporates a moss guard which insulates and protects the top of the battery plates, and features stronger case walls to increase durability. Enhancing battery maintenance, Traveler 8V is compatible with Trojan’s HydroLink™ single-point watering system that can quickly and easily fill a set of batteries in 30 seconds.
“Yamaha is the first industry-leading golf car manufacturer to recognize the technology benefits incorporated into the Traveler™ 8V, and what these benefits offer its fleet golf car and other electric vehicle customers,” said David Godber, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Trojan Battery. “Trojan Battery’s legacy of excellence in engineering and manufacturing innovation remains the cornerstone of our company’s success in the deep-cycle battery industry. After four years of extensive research and development, the Traveler 8V has been introduced as a truly break-through product. It features even more advanced deep-cycle battery technology and longer battery life than Trojan’s current industry-leading technology and cycle life performance. There is simply no comparable deep-cycle battery on the market today.”
For more information on Trojan Battery Company, visit www.trojanbattery.com.  For Yamaha visit www.yamaha.com.

ATG (MayJun14) - Oil Changes

Q: G.H. Writes: What is your recommendation of a generalized oil change? I would like some sort of hand out for my customers.

A: dirt! Over time dirt and sludge can build up inside the engine and one way to remove this unwanted substance is to change the oil! Before we begin let’s talk about safety. Please wear safety glasses and use the proper lifting equipment and jack stands to support the car. Dispose of the oil in an EPA approved manner. Most local oil change shops will take your old oil for disposal.

Begin by cleaning all areas that you will be working around such as the dip stick, drain plug and fill port. The three areas mentioned can allow dirt to fall inside the engine as you remove them and we do not want that. With the car raised high enough and supported with proper jack stands locate the oil drain plug and make sure you have a drain pan in place to catch the used oil. Some cars such as the TXT E-Z-GO brand uses a three bolt oil screen for oil removal. If you are not sure refer to your owner’s manual for the type you have and the location. Once the oil is drained clean the area and make sure the seals and or gaskets are in place and reinstall the hardware. We can now install new oil to the engine. Note: Club Car uses a spin on oil filter and should be changed at this time. Be sure to coat the new filter seal with oil before installing. Your owner’s manual will tell you the proper amount of oil for each brand of car. It is important that you DO NOT over fill the engine with oil! Wipe off any oil spills and double check all installation points for tightness and sealing. Test run the engine and look for any leaks and document the date and or hour meter reading so you will know when to change the oil again. A good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 200 to 250 hours of operation; depending on the conditions the car is used. Harsh conditions such as real dusty and off road require you to change the oil more often. The 4490 hour meter is a good device to install on your car for monitoring the hours of use. A 4624 is a mounting bracket for ease of installation.

The use of good 10W-40 oil with a SAE SF, SG, CC rating will work well. Since we are dealing with air cooled engines and if you are using your car in very hot climate straight weight 30 oil can be used. Oil usage is less with straight weight oils than the multi viscosity. Another good option is to use a good synthetic blend such as Valvoline Dura Blend. Brand of oil is your choice and in some cars that are new you must use the recomended viscosisty of the manufacturer to retain warranty.

ATG (MarApr14) - New Motor

Q: Al writes: Mr. Kramer, I have a Marathon model electric car, I recently put a new motor on and it does not go any faster than it did. Can you offer soje suggestions?

A: Before spending anymore money on the car let’s talk about some area’s of concern. There are hundreds of those old cars across the country and being used in Construction, Hunting, Off-Road, Farms and you name it. So it is not a waste of time to repair the car as it can still perform as well as some of the newer models. Before we start I want you to understand a stand alone motor only is only one part of the car. That motor is a series wound motor and will only be as powerful as its weakest link. I have taught for years that electric powered vehicles are powered by a system. You have to think of it as a system and consists of a motor, controller, cables, contactor and the battery pack. With that said let’s look at some things.

Batteries:
Perform a complete load test on the batteries. This is done by applying a continuous 75 amp draw on the batteries for a long period of time. So you must use a devise that can sustain that constant load. Automotive testers are not designed to do that. While monitoring each battery during a discharge for a period of 90 to 100 minutes you can determine the battery pack condition. Typically, a pack that can perform up to 60 minutes is deemed to be good. However, you will have a noticeable loss of run time. Anything under 60 minutes, look for a single defective battery or batteries. If you have a load applied and a single battery cannot produce its rating then you will see that in loss of speed and torque very quickly. So your starting point is to confirm you have a good working set of batteries!

Cables:
Cable size and fitment matters a lot. For a motor that is demanding high current draws the conductors have to be large enough to deliver that current demand. Any kind of resistance to current flow will affect motor performance. Such as a loose connection, undersized cables or corrosion. Usually, you can just drive a car for 10 minutes or so up hills or hard usage. Then feel of all the connection points and if you find a really hot area, I mean it makes you let go then you have found a point of resistance. Determine if that spot is loose, corroded, undersized or just worn out. Repair that area.

Controller:
Solid state controlled cars not resistor controlled cars only. Do not use a speed motor on a resistor controlled car! So at this point let’s not confuse those two cars with this suggestion list. A controller on a Series Wound Motor system will not increase the speed of the car. The motor determines the speed/torque of the car. However the controller must be of a size that can deliver the amount of amperage the motor demands. So if you install a high speed/torque motor you must also install a controller of a size (amperage) that can keep up with motor demand. Stall test the system and see what amperage the controller can produce. The use of a shunt or amp clamp can be used to do this. Low current limit means a controller is defective or a motor has some brush issues or internal issues. Low current limit can be a result of a Potentiometer that is out of adjustment or is worn out. Test the Potentiometer for a 0 to 5K wipe. Once you have a correct wipe recheck the controller current limit. If it is still low check the motor for defects. If the motor is correct than replace the controller. Replace with a controller that is rated high enough for use with the motor being used.

Contactor (Solenoid):
Again the current demand created by the motor travels through the contactor. The contactor contacts must be of a size that can carry that load. If the contacts are too small than resistance is created and loss of power is noticed.

Motor:
Motors used on 36 volt system are a tad bit hard to work with in terms of high torque and speed. Yes, you can do that it just is not as good as you will see with 48 volts systems. So, if you are comparing your car to someone else’s car make sure you are comparing apples to apples. A new motor takes some time for the brushes to fully seat in. The speed of a car can change by 3 or 4 mph when the brushes fully seat. Think of it as you would an automobile engine with new rings. Take it easy for a while and give the brushes time to seat.

So my tips are:
1) Do not base speed and torque on motor only.
2) This is a system and must have the correct system parts, motor, controller, contactor, batteries and cables.
3) The Potentiometer has a large part to do with the cars speed and torque.
4) Mechanical condition of the car can affect the speed and torque of the car. Low tire pressure, wheel alignment, dragging brakes, worn axle bearings. Correct any mechanical condition that may be needing repair,
adjustment or replacement.

ATG (JanFeb14) - Marathon Ignitor

Q: BH From R.I. Asks: How do I bench test a Marathon Ignition system?

A: BH, the way I do that is by the use of a Marine Plastic Board and mount the following items. Use a 10597 Pulsar Coil, 5121 Coil, 9174 Spark Plug Wire, and either or 10594/10595 Igniter. Add a Normally Open switch for activation. Add a Plunger style solenoid like you would find on a Carburetor shut off. On the end of the solenoid plunger glue, solder or crimp a flat piece of metal. Connect a spark tester onto the coil wire and ground. It is important to gap the Pulsar magnet to the solenoid flat metal piece. You may need to adjust that a few times to get it to exact. I placed mine at .030” and at times need to close that gap a tad or open it a tad. You just have to make adjustments as you go with that part of it.

Looking at the system and how it works will give you some insight as to functionality. Any ignition system must have a power source of 9.6 volts up to 16 volts for proper testing. Confirm that first. You can purchase a 12 volt power supply from your local Radio Shack or electronics outlet store. Once an applied voltage of positive and negative are in place. A positive voltage is applied to Igniter and coil. Battery negative (ground if you will) is applied to the base of each component and direct to the igniter internal circuit. By activating the solenoid the magnetic field causes a  signal (voltage) to the igniter. This signal then causes a voltage to the ignition coil. Then you should see a good solid blue spark on the tester. The faster you can “click” the solenoid on and off the faster the spark will be. So imagine on a spinning engine at 3000 RPM’s how quickly that all happens! So you can kind of think of that circuit as a “pulsing” voltage. So if you have a failure of spark your next step is to confirm potential voltage at each point in the diagram. It is next to impossible to see the voltage pulse but you can see a spike. That spike usually indicates the component is sending a signal (voltage). But that voltage must make and break in order for the system to work. Base the test stand on a working set of components before you use it on suspect parts. I tested over 100 igniters with this and it does help with bench testing.

Interchange from 10595 to 10594 to 10595. Both units use the same Pulsar Coil and this makes both units compatible with the system. The one noticeable difference between the two units is the D wire color. 10595 is a black wire and the 10594 is a red wire. All other wires are matching colors. Cut the wire ends and add the appropriate connectors to each wire and route each wire to the correct component in the system.

ATG (NovDec13) - Kids Carts

Q: GL writes: You talk a lot about big kid toys, but what about for actual kid cars? What is a cheap way to make a kid car speed control?

A: I find this to be an entertaining question and one I get quite often. So below is about as simplistic as     it gets! There can be a lot of variations to this dependent on size of car and weight. Relays can be used for light duty instead of solenoids as an example. You just need to calculate the load and go from there. It has quite often been mentioned to me the kids see Dad/Mom driving around and they want one like Dad/Mom. So I hope this helps.

Battery positive is applied to all four solenoids. At the same time battery positive is applied to the foot pedal switch. When the foot pedal switch is closed battery positive is applied to all four speed switches.

Let’s say 1ST speed is selected. When the foot pedal is pressed battery positive is applied to the 1ST speed solenoid. The contacts inside the solenoid closes and diverts that positive voltage to R4 resistor. Because the other solenoid contacts are still open positive voltage flows through all the resistors. From R1 connection positive voltage flows through A1, A2, S2 and out S1 to battery negative. As each solenoid speed is selected the path of resistance through the resistors decreases and speed increases. Very simple and easy to do. If you want to spend a little extra you can do the same thing with a Solid State System. You can make a small car out of GO-Cart frames. Welded tubing and pre-existing kits cars you can find on-line. Should be a fun little project for a weekend or two. Enjoy!

Tech Tip: it is strongly advised to add a fuse on either the positive or negative main connection on the power side. The resistors allows you to have control of the car’s speed!

A good resistor to start with is part number 2699, motor 7954, solenoid 1128 and 9074 switches, or 2454 switches. Look for old junked golf cars and take parts off it. In other words look around there are used parts available. Use a belt driven drive unit off a lawn mower or industrial car. Be creative on that part.

TS (MayJun14) - Remanufacturing vs replacing

By: Matt Vallez

In this time of “all green is good” remanufacturing is the new recycling. Saving anything from going into the landfill is now chic, and what used to be considered the cheap way to go is now the environmentally friendly approach. Fixing things is now in style and has always been a good alternative in certain situations. So before you decide to just chuck it into the dumpster you need to see if it can be fixed and returned to service, after all it is the environmentally friendly approach, and you are now considered progressive and green for recycling, not just a cheapskate.

When it comes to golf cars, remanufacturing has been a viable alternative for many years. There once was a time in the mid to late 1990s when electric cars had motors that could not be rebuilt. These were not green times and it was troubling for remanufactures because the motors were made in such a way that in some cases remanufacturing was not possible. The fields were built into the body of the motor and left no room for error or damage, once the fields were damaged the motor was junk. Remanufacturing was not always an option for that generation of electric golf car motors.

For gas golf cars remanufacturing was a necessary evil because in the 80s and early 90s most had 2 cycle engines that required an annual overhaul or remanufacturing. This had more to do with the 2 cycle power plant and the lack of horsepower designed into the vehicle. What made it worse was the gas golf cars were used on difficult terrain, as only gas cars were capable of climbing steep hills and would not freewheel down the other side. At that time the electric cars were just not up to the task.

That all changed quickly as the OEM manufactures made the move to less maintenance intensive 4 cycle gas engines. The new engines could run for years with very few maintenance issues. This gave the owners of the new 4 cycle gas engine cars a false sense of invincibility. The “maintenance free” gas golf cars, as compared to a 2 cycle, however still required maintenance but would run longer and better than a 2 cycle without any. They then ended up a basket case after several years of so called “maintenance free” service. For many, by the time the engine quit they considered it a throwaway. Not something to be remanufactured or even repaired.

Now Obama is President, there are electric cars that will go over 100MPH (www.trslamotors.com) and we all have two garbage cans, one for trash and one for the recyclables. We also must look at the economic alternative of remanufacturing (AKA recycling) vs replacing. Remanufacturing can be less expensive than replacing a gas engine or an electric motor. The problem with a lot of remanufacturing or repairing is that you may end up with a product not as good as the manufacturer’s original equipment.

This is where the experts come into play. Having a qualified remanufacturer with the correct tools and expertise makes the difference between a motor being “repaired” or being “remanufactured”. The difference is the process. Repairing a motor is when the failure is identified and corrective action is taken to address the failure so that after the repair is completed the motor works again. On the other hand, remanufacturing a motor is when there may or may not have been a failure in the first place. The motor is taken apart, as if to be repaired, but instead of just addressing an obvious issue, all items that could cause a problem in the future are addressed unless replacing that item would not make economic sense. For instance a gas engine gets all new seals, bearings and gaskets, pistons and rings. The crankshaft is only replaced if the original one is not useable. The main difference is that during a true remanufacturing process everything that could go wrong is assessed and addressed, not just the most obvious issue. The end product can then be considered to be “remanufactured” not just “repaired”.

Nivel now has two powerful remanufacturing operations. Luna Industries in Tucson, Arizona for all low voltage DC electric motors for golf cars, fork lifts, pumps and other applications. And Jake’s in Lewiston, Pennsylvania for all gas engines for golf cars. In both cases we have professionals with many years of experience and the latest equipment standing by ready to assess your remanufacturing project. Ask your Nivel salesperson for more information or call the locations direct. Luna 520-792-3080 Jake’s 866-405-2537.

TS (MarApr14) - Solar Cars

By: Matt Vallez

This article was originally published in Golf Car News Magazine January issue 2012. It has been fact checked and updated for this publication.

Solar and golf cars have been paired together since the early 1990’s, the problem has always been they have not worked well together. They seem like a natural; an electric golf car and sun to recharge the battery system like a match made in heaven. The honeymoon is soon over when the reality sets in that most solar tops do not return enough juice back to the system to justify their existence, let alone the expense.

The solar panels are all similar with claims of collected watts ranging from 150 to 300 and surface voltage of 25-35 volts. These are the numbers hot off the panel. The problem has always been getting the numbers off the panel into the batteries, which are the tricky part. How do you do that and not loose precious energy by converting it into a battery charge. That has been the problem all along with solar as a recharging source it is just not efficient enough.

Well it is now 2014 and solar is popular for a variety of different uses including around the house. The price of the solar panels keeps coming down and the technology keeps getting better. A company from Canada, by the name of Unconquered Sun with experience in the consumer market, household solar. These guys at Unconquered Sun have developed a solar top for a golf car that works. It actually takes 250 watts or 35-volts @ 8 amps and on it way to the batteries is converted to 56.6 volts @ 8 amps. They cracked the code to solar on golf cars by developing advanced propriety technology to boost battery-bound power to the 56.6 volts @8 amps. This level of charge is approaching that of a conventional electric charger, the kind you plug into the wall.

At Nivel we have looked at many solar tops and panels and have not been impressed by any of them. This is the first one that works better than just a trickle charge. In fact this technology is currently in use by the NASA Marshall Exchange and its intramural sports league. They created what is believed to be the worlds first Solar Gator Groomer. It has eight six volt batteries that power the Gators 48-volt DC power train. It is paired with an infield groomer towed behind. The application works great because the vehicle only requires intermittent use; it is a perfect match for the solar top, since a few hours of sunshine easily replenish the power used by the Gator each day.

The bottom line is this is a solar product that actually puts back enough energy to justify having it on the golf car. Now will this replace your electric charger, probably not, unless you only use the vehicle occasionally! Will it lower your electric requirement and charge time and extend battery life. The answer is yes. Now the big question is how much is that worth to you to have less charge time or lower electric requirements. Thanks to the guys at Unconquered Sun the debate about solar is not if it works but is the return on investment enough. If you want to try the latest solar top technology it is now available from Nivel Parts. Update from original the price has dropped, call your Nivel salesperson and find out how affordable it is now.

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