The new vehicles, available in January 2014, are being introduced to help commercial and industrial customers switch from pickup trucks to gas, diesel or zero-emissions electric utility vehicles.
Club Car has launched a new line of Carryall® utility and transport vehicles to help commercial and industrial customers switch from costly pickup trucks to gas, diesel or zero-emissions electric utility vehicles. The new vehicles will be available in January 2014.
“We designed and engineered the new Carryall utility vehicle line based on customer feedback obtained through a global listening tour,” said Ross Lyons, Product Manager for Carryall. “As a result, they incorporate the improved power, versatility, reliability and fuel efficiency today’s customers demand.”
The vehicles retain the rustproof aluminum frame, rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension system of previous Carryall models.
In addition to work utility vehicles, the Carryall line includes Transporter™ transport vehicles, which can carry up to six passengers, as well as street-legal Carryall LSVs (low-speed vehicles).
To bridge the gap between trucks and UTVs, Club Car partnered with Subaru, whose engineers adapted automotive technology to design a sophisticated new engine for the Carryall utility vehicles.
The 14-hp-rated, 404-cc, single-cylinder overhead cam engine features electronic fuel injection (EFI), capacitive discharge ignition, hemispherical heads and a case-hardened steel timing chain that enhances reliability, Club Car said. A splash lubrication system that eliminates the need for oil filters simplifies maintenance and reduces environmental waste, it was noted.
Because of the new design, the engine warranty has been increased from two years/2,000 hours to three years/3,000 hours limited warranty standard on all new Carryall and Transporter models.
The new engines boost horsepower by 30 percent and fuel efficiency by as much as 50 percent over previous Carryall utility vehicle engines, Club Car said.
Because there is no choke or carburetor, the engines will start right up, even in frigid weather, Club Car said. The new engines also run cooler, last longer and automatically compensate for altitude, it was noted.
“No other vehicle in its class offers an EFI engine with this matrix of features and benefits,” said Lyons.
Most new electric Carryall utility vehicles will feature an industry- exclusive combination of an on-board, high-frequency charger with an integrated cord retractor as standard equipment, Club Car said. The solid-state, global charger is 92-95 percent efficient, a 10 percent increase over the old charger, it was noted.
To reduce the chances of stranded crews due to vehicles not being charged, the charger issues an audible alert when charging begins and keeps charging even during power swings, Club Car said.
The charger can be programmed for multiple algorithms, including lead acid or gel/AGM batteries. “So if you change batteries, you won’t have to buy new chargers,” says Lyons.
And the plug — conveniently located on the front of the car — can be plugged into any 110-volt outlet, or 240-volt outlet in the case of international customers, it was noted
The aluminum bed box in the new vehicles was designed specifically for versatility and durability, Club Car said. Its rustproof aluminum side panels accommodate a configurable and removable track-based attachment system for carrying shovels, rakes, leaf blowers and other equipment.
Movable bed dividers and cargo tie-downs stabilize loads and prevent shifting, Club Car said. The system also accommodates optional ladder racks, bucket holders and other accessories.
Further, the rustproof aluminum bed floor comes standard with Rhino® Lining, a durable material used in the beds of many pickup trucks. “This innovative bed box design makes the Carryall the most versatile UTV on the market,” said Lyons.
The new Carryall utility vehicles also sport brawnier, more automotive profiles and interiors than other UTVs, Club Car said. Features include bigger cowls and long-lasting, standard halogen head lights that are integrated into the design. Or, users can select optional LED lights that last 40-50 times longer, produce better light and use less energy, Club Car said.
Cockpit-style interiors with contoured seating, restyled hip restraints and spacious driver areas and foot wells make the vehicles easy to enter and exit, addressing a problem encountered with many competitive models, Club Car said.
An improved key switch helps deter unauthorized use, and the shifter and gauges are on the dash, within easy reach of the ergonomic steering wheel.
The vehicles also accommodate a range of commercial options and accessories designed specifically for the Carryall utility vehicle line, Club Car said. The optional cab, for example, is integrated into the vehicle’s design, so it doesn’t look “bolted on.” Its doors and windshield sit flush with the frame, keeping wind and rain out.
“The new Carryall utility vehicles raise the bar for utility and transport vehicles and offer our commercial, industrial and government customers a viable option over trucks and vans,” said Lyons.
The new vehicles are being sold though authorized Club Car dealers that can be found through www.clubcardealer.com/locator