Industry News - July/August 2014

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E-Z-GO®, a Textron Inc. company and a leading global manufacturer of light-transportation vehicles, is proud to announce the promotion of Chris Dyer to the position of Regional Sales Director, East Region. A seasoned sales professional, Dyer joined E-Z-GO in 2006 as a fleet sales representative and prior to his promotion covered the Dixie Section territory of Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

“During his tenure at E-Z-GO, Chris has demonstrated exceptional sales and leadership capabilities, making this promotion a natural fit,” said Michael Parkhurst, Vice President, Golf at E-Z-GO. “With his knowledge of E-Z-GO products and services, Chris will transition seamlessly into his new role and continue the exceptional service provided by the sales organization in the East Region.”

Dyer will lead E-Z-GO’s sales organization in the East Region, which spans from New York to North Carolina, executing strategic sales objectives, supporting customers and continuing to sell E-Z-GO TXT® and RXV® fleet golf cars, Cushman Hauler™ maintenance and Cushman Refresher™ and Shuttle hospitality vehicles. For more information please visit

Bristol, Tennessee Police want to find three missing golf carts and the person who took them.

Officers said someone stole one red and two black golf carts from Bristol Golf Carts at 710 Volunteer Parkway on May 12.

Police think someone may have broken into the business by walking through a yard off 7th Avenue. Another cart was damaged, but not taken.

Police said the red cart that was taken looks like the photo to the left. The two black carts were similar to the green cart pictured above.

If you know who stole the golf carts, contact Investigator Mike Anderson with Bristol, Tennessee Police at 423-989-5529.

Solaris Power Cells, Inc. the creators of the Solaris SMART-CELL “Passive Electron Storage Array” ™, completed a six-month study on the attributes, performance and feasibility of its Passive-Electron-Storage-Array™ (PESA™) Sun Cart™. Over this time period, Solaris Sun Carts™ were rigorously tested with multiple PESA™ array sizes, with and without solar panels, including proprietary circuitry and in three different scenarios. All testing was done by converting an EZ-GO RXV golf cart into a Solaris PESA Sun Cart. This included exchanging the existing Trojan batteries for a Solaris SMART-CELL™ power storage array and replacing the roof with a Solaris Solar Power roof.

Scenario 1: Solaris Sun Carts™ for daily utility and human transportation in the Palm Springs iHub business campus over extensive 6-8 month period. The Sun Carts™ cart was driven during every business day of operation. The Sun Carts™ is rated for a range of 2 miles and is able to charge from empty to full in the sun in about fifteen minutes. Over the past 6-8 months of daily use, the cart has not suffered any mechanical failure with performance speeds in excess of 20MPH.

Scenario 2: Solaris Sun Carts™ with a slightly larger PESA array for residential use. This Sun Cart™ was rated for six plus miles and could solar charge via the Sun from empty to full in a little less than an hour. Three to five times a week, this cart was run from full energy to empty in the neighborhoods surrounding the Palm Springs Airport. It also included the PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router. Results for the PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router are listed in the last paragraph.

Scenario 3: Sun Carts™ for use on a golf course. Testing for this setup included the playing of golf with the cart at multiple courses throughout the Palm Springs area. Predominate testing was done at Escena Country Club and Golf Course located in Palm Springs California and results showed the cart could handle 18 holes of golf at the rate of a typical foursome with enough energy to return to the clubhouse with plenty of power to spare. This cart could be charged by the sun in about 90 minutes and from a 120V outlet in about 15 minutes and it used the PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router.

PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router: Initial data analysis shows that the converted EZ-GO RXVs did not exhibit any loss in performance and that the Solaris PESA ™ Storage Solution will be easily scalable for multiple uses. With no solar panel, the PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router increased the range by an average of 71.0% and on an 80° plus Fahrenheit day in the spring, the PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router increased the range by an average of 59.6%. The PAL Bi-Directional Electron Router and proprietary circuitry included are all part of the total Solaris Power Cells patent-pending solution.

The Solaris Passive-Electron-Storage-Array™ installed Sun Carts™ White Paper will be made available in PDF format at

La Jolla Country Club is receiving a customized fleet of E-Z-GO® RXV® golf cars this spring.

The well-known private club in La Jolla, Calif., near San Diego, recently purchased 60 custom E-Z-GO RXVs and six specialty vehicles to outfit the course.

“We are very excited to be delivering a custom fleet of RXVs to one of the most respected private courses on the West Coast,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, vice president, golf for E-Z-GO. “La Jolla saw value in E-Z-GO’s ability to provide customizable options that help the course distinguish itself from its competitors in a unique way.”

The 60 RXVs arriving at La Jolla in time for the spring golf season are colored patriot blue with pinstriping, and include custom two-tone seats and special gray tops for further distinction.

The E-Z-GO RXV is offered in both electric and gas models to further customize the golf car experience depending on a course’s needs. The electric model offers an innovative AC drive and full-time regenerative braking, while the gas-powered model boasts a best-in-class 13.5-hp engine for lasting operational savings.

“The members of La Jolla Country Club are very pleased with the power, comfort, safety and value of our new fleet of RXV golf cars,” said Clint Whitehill, head golf professional at La Jolla. “In a comparison survey, our members were impressed with the enhanced safety feature of the next-generation braking system and the performance of the AC drive system.”

Located on the Pacific with impactful ocean views, La Jolla Country Club’s golf course is known for its Kikuyu fairway grass, uneven lies and small, fast greens.

STAR EV (Brand of JH Global Services, Inc.) announces the launch of the new Star Personal Transport Vehicle (PTV). Designed primarily for on road (LSV) use, the ACcel is an attractive and responsive vehicle featuring an aggressive 7 HP continuous and 25 HP AC motor (DC motor optional) with all the safety features for road use including removable doors! The bold and aggressive appearance is matched by a very peppy drive train that will put your head back upon acceleration. The interior is designed with a car like look and features including speedometer, windshield wiper, sun visors, deluxe upgraded seating areas, automotive glass windshield, three point seat belts, lockable glove box, and two rear locking storage areas.

On mostly flat surfaces, the ACcel can go up to 60 miles or more on a single charge. The Star EV ACcel-AC was a featured product 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. Be on the lookout, a four passenger version will be launched the end of the summer 2014!

The ACcel personal transport vehicle can be purchased from any of STAR EV’s 200+ dealers. You can use the dealer locator and check out the ACcel brochure at

Showcases the Company’s Manufacturing Process and Focus

U.S. Battery Manufacturing created a new video that showcases the manufacturing process of the company’s line of flooded lead-acid batteries. From raw lead allot to a finished product that has the highest initial capacity than any other battery on the market, the video follows the complete manufacturing process, testing procedures, and understanding the company’s exclusive XC2TM formulation.

Visit to watch the video. For additional information on U.S. Battery’s OSPTM battery design for Renewable Energy applications, visit

The Speaking Session Will Describe Customer Stories of Successful Lithium, Battery System Installation in Golf Cars and Off-Road Electric Vehicles

Lithium Boost Technologies Inc., the leading provider of integrated Lithium-ion battery systems to power low speed electric vehicles (LSEV), today announced that Sam Lev, the company’s CEO, will present its innovative solution at the upcoming Next Generation Batteries International Conference. The 4th Next Generation Batteries International Conference, managed by the Knowledge Foundation, will take place April 29-30 at the Hilton Resort & Spa in San Diego, California. Sam Lev’s speaking session “Lithium-Ion Batteries in Low Speed Electric Vehicles: A Case Study”, is scheduled for 3.30pm on Tuesday April 29.

In this conference session, Lev will present two case studies to describe the advantages of using lithium-ion batteries in low speed electric vehicles (LSEVs). The speaker will share with the audience two customers’ stories, one of custom-built electric neighborhood vehicle in The Villages and the second of Polaris, electric hunting vehicle in Texas. The presentation will illustrate how replacement of existing lead acid batteries can enhance the vehicle performance while eliminating the maintenance hassle and assuring about 4 times longer battery life cycle.

Fred Merrow (The Villages, Florida) is one of the early adopters of the novel lithium-ion technology for his custom-built “Fred Mobile” neighborhood vehicle: “Now I can take my golf cart out for a long ride and know I will make it back home with no problems. The mileage range went from 12-15 miles with lead batteries, to 48-54 mile range with the lithium batteries on a single battery charge.”

“We’re excited to demonstrate that our integrated lithium-ion battery system that includes proprietary smart BMS (Battery Management System) and chargers is a robust solution that was proven in the field,” said Sam Lev, CEO of Lithium Boost Technologies. “As analysts indicate, the market for lithium-ion battery based transportation is growing fast, and those who catch the early ride on industry trends can win the race and gain a huge competitive advantage. Our unique lithium battery solution provides low-speed electric car dealers with a great opportunity to significantly grow their business and offer the customers state-of-the-art products and services to satisfy their increasing performance needs.”

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STAR EV (brand of JH Global Services, Inc.) is pleased to announce the introduction of the STAR EV Diablo on/off road lifted all electric. The Diablo is built on an aluminum chassis, with a powerful AC motor rated at 6 continuous and 22 Peak horsepower. The Diablo also has a walk away braking system, full independent front suspension, four wheel disc brakes and a 16:1 rear end gear to give the Diablo vehicle best-in-class help climbing agility. The Diablo is fully loaded with brushed stainless side nerf bars and front brush guard, speedometer, deluxe seating, color matched roof, 12 volt outlet, clay basket, LED tail lights and more. It comes in 2, 4 or 6 passenger versions and can also be made with a utility box on the back. You can go anywhere in the Diablo, because in addition to handling off road with ease, the Diablo can be made street legal to allow travel on roads with posted speeds of 35 MPH or less.

The STAR EV Diablo can be purchased from any of STAR EV’s 200+ dealers. You can use the dealer locator and check out the Diablo brochure at


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