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Club Car Offers New Environmentally Friendly Solar Drive Charging Panels for A Number of its Vehicles


Augusta, Ga. — March 24, 2015 — Owners of 48-volt electric Club Car Precedent golf cars, Carryall utility vehicles, and Villager LSVs can now capture, store, and use solar power with the addition of Club Car’s new 100-watt Solar Drive Charging Panel Assembly.

“As the world’s largest manufacturer of small four-wheel electric vehicles, Club Car is offering this new accessory to help our consumer, golf, and commercial customers decrease grid charging and increase range on these vehicles,” said Randall Crook, Club Car’s interim aftermarket marketing manager.

As a yearly average, the system generates 29 percent of the total energy required to drive eight miles per day in West Palm Beach, Fla. That reduces the energy needed to recharge the battery by 29 percent. Results may vary depending on area and usage.

By continually transferring energy to the batteries, the panels limit how deep into the battery reserve a vehicle must go during a typical use.

These high-quality panels are based on technology developed for the U.S. Marine Corps, which uses it to run communications equipment in the Middle East. They are made in the United States of a lightweight, impact-resistant, photo-voltaic material with a Teflon-like coating that protects the cells.

Measuring 40 inches by 26 inches, the panels fit snuggly on the canopies or cabs of Precedent golf cars, Carryall utility vehicles, and Villager LSVs. They weigh less than 6 pounds and are just .20 inches thick.

Most solar panels are made in China, framed in tempered glass, and weigh about 24 pounds, creating drag on the vehicle and limiting the benefits. What’s more, service and warranty issues can be a big problem with panels made abroad.

“The Club Car panels are designed with advanced power-harvesting technology that optimizes solar power during various weather conditions and rapidly converts it into electricity to recharge the batteries and power vehicles,” Crook said. “The system also features an intelligent microprocessor that allows a higher rate of charge and reduces charge time, without overheating.”

The panels come complete with a controller, a connector to the vehicle’s power supply, all necessary hardware, and installation instructions. They can be user- or dealer-installed in about 20 minutes. 

In addition to the standard 100-watt panel for the above-mentioned vehicles, Club Car can configure solar panels for other types of vehicles through its Custom Solutions Department.

Club Car vehicles and accessories are sold through Authorized Club Car Dealers. To find a dealer near you, visit www.clubcardealer.com.

About Club Car: Club Car, one of the most respected names in the golf industry, is the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles. The company’s Precedent golf cars and Carryall utility vehicles are integral to successful operations at thousands of courses around the world. The company also offers a complete line of new and used golf cars, XRT utility vehicles and street-legal, low speed vehicles (LSVs) for personal use, all backed by Club Car’s 50+ year legacy of superior design, manufacture, and service. Club Car is part of Ingersoll Rand and is based in Augusta, Ga. For more information, visit www.clubcar.com.



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