Augusta, GA – January 15, 2013 – Cushman® is proud to introduce the next evolution in turf utility vehicles, a fully electric Cushman Hauler with a 72-volt AC drivetrain that provides the range and power once exclusive to gas-powered machines in a silent, zero-emissions vehicle. The new model will be unveiled at the upcoming PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. and Golf Industry Show in San Diego, Calif.
The new Hauler features a 72-volt AC electric drivetrain, upgraded from more traditional 48-volt systems, that offers up to 50 miles of range between charges. The patented AC Drive technology also ensures that the Hauler maintains consistent power and performance from the first pre-dawn chores to the last light of dusk, without disturbing golfers or adjacent homeowners with the noisy drone of a gas engine.
The AC Drive technology is up to 25 percent more energy-efficient than DC technology, and also provides for unique features such as regenerative braking that recharges the batteries whenever the vehicle’s brakes are applied and also speed control to maintain constant speeds up and down steep slopes.
An optional limited-slip differential provides for greatly improved traction on wet or loose turf, while helping to protect turf from damage due to wheel slippage.
“This new Cushman Hauler finally gives golf-course operators and superintendents a quiet, green utility vehicle that provides ample range and power for the longest, toughest day’s work without annoying golfers,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, vice president, golf for E-Z-GOÂ®, which designs and manufactures Cushman utility vehicles. “Cushman has a long history of innovation in utility-vehicle technology, and the 72-volt Hauler continues and upholds that tradition.”
The Hauler will feature a maximum load capacity of 1,000 pounds and come standard with a 9.5-cubic-foot cargo bed. A 14.9-cubic-foot aluminum cargo bed will be available as a factory-installed option for facilities that require more cargo space.
The new Hauler will be available in mid-2013. The vehicle will be displayed in the E-Z-GO/Cushman booth (#2431) at the upcoming PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24-26 in Orlando, as well as the E-Z-GO/Cushman exhibit (#3039) at the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 6-7 in San Diego.