Industry News - March/April 2010

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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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