AUGUSTA, GA (Jan. 25, 2007) – Responding to the early success of the IQ Plus System in utility vehicles, Club Car continues to incorporate the high-performance power source into more of its turf utility and multi-passenger transportation vehicles. The IQ Plus drive system enables electric utility vehicles to handle many of the same tough jobs that once required the strength of gasoline- powered vehicles.
“IQ Plus combines the established reliability of our 48-volt platform with the IQ System’s advanced drivetrain technology to give superintendents and their crews a vehicle that works long, hard and fast,” said Mike Packer, Club Car’s vice president of Worldwide Sales.
The speed of vehicles equipped with the IQ Plus System is programmable between 5 and a best-in-class top speed of 17 mph. The system’s high-output charger and eight 6-volt battery configuration gives vehicles a category-leading useful range of 80 miles on a single charge.
“Up until a few years ago, electric vehicles had their limitations when it came to some of the tougher jobs around the course,” Packer said. “But by better managing the power coming from and being restored to the batteries, our IQ Plus vehicles are just as capable as gas vehicles in this class. In fact, when you consider the efficiency and productivity advantages, IQ Plus makes electric a smarter choice for many situations.”
Mark Langner, director of agronomy and applied research at FarmLinks in Sylacauga, Ala., where IQ Plus vehicles have been tested, said, “These vehicles are far superior to what we were working with just three years ago. They definitely give gas (vehicles) a run for their money.”
It’s not just speed and hill-climbing ability that’s impressed Langner. “We can send a 4-person bunker crew out with their blowers and rakes in one vehicle instead of two,” he said. “Since the electric vehicle is so quiet, the crew can get more done in less time because it’s not having to wait for long periods while golfers clear the area they’re working.”
The IQ Plus System, which is now available in the new Carryall Turf 252 electric model, Turf 2, Transporter 4, Transporter 6, Villager 6 and Villager 8 models, also provides superior energy management and service capabilities. The system’s IQ controller continually monitors vehicle performance and provides testing and diagnostic feedback through the IQ Display Module (IQDM). The programmer version of the IQDM (available to authorized Club Car dealers and distributors) can be used to adjust performance settings based on user needs.
Packer said Club Car’s IQ Plus vehicles give superintendents a real choice when it comes to gas- vs. electric-powered utility vehicles. “They’re going to be able to stay on the course longer so they can get more done. And they’re going to be able to climb hills faster, even when they have a full load,” he said.
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About Club Car:
Club Car manufactures a wide range of electric- and gasoline-powered vehicles for the golf, utility, transportation, private owner and rough terrain markets. Based in Augusta, Ga., Club Car is part of Ingersoll Rand, a global diversified firm providing products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Driven by a 100-year-old tradition of technological innovation, we enable our customers to create progress and a positive impact in their world. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.