FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 26, 2011

 

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Brandon Haddock

Marketing Communications Manager

706.772.5931

bhaddock@textron.com

 

 

E-Z-GO Introduces Exceed Hybrid Technology™

New Hybrid System Allows Select E-Z-GO® Electric Vehicles to Travel Up to 150 Miles on a Single Charge

 

 

(AUGUSTA, GA) — E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, announces Exceed Hybrid Technology™, a groundbreaking new system that allows select E-Z-GO® electric models to travel up to 150 miles on a single charge. The system supplements the vehicles’ 48-volt electric powertrains with a small gas-powered generator to recharge the batteries on the go.

 

Exceed Hybrid Technology will be available in August as a factory-installed option for the E-Z-GO Freedom RXV® personal golf car and on the E-Z-GO 2Five® street-legal vehicle. Existing owners of those models will soon be able to upgrade their vehicles with an aftermarket Exceed Hybrid Technology kit available for installation at E-Z-GO Authorized Dealers.

 

“We are excited to introduce Exceed Hybrid Technology to the consumer,” said E-Z-GO President Kevin Holleran. “This is a groundbreaking system that has the ability to change the way people use their E-Z-GO vehicles in the course of daily life.”

 

The Exceed system adds a 6hp, 205cc Briggs & Stratton gas-powered generator to the patented 48-volt AC Drive system featured on the electric Freedom RXV and 2Five. When engaged, the generator recharges the vehicle’s batteries on the fly, greatly extending the range that the vehicle can travel on a single charge.

 

In tests simulating real-world “stop-and-go” use, an Exceed-equipped four-passenger 2Five, under an average load and traveling at a speed of 16 mph, was able to traverse 150 miles between charges. Actual distance will vary depending on numerous factors, including a vehicle’s load, weather conditions, the terrain, and any optional equipment installed.

 

In addition to recharging the vehicle’s batteries, the Exceed system also features a 400-watt power source to allow for the charging and use of small electronic devices such as radios, mobile phones, and laptop computers. A standard 120-volt, three-pronged electrical outlet is mounted in the dashboard of the vehicle to allow for convenient use of such items from the vehicle’s cabin.

 

The Exceed system’s single-cylinder, low-emissions gas-powered engine meets all EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards. All system controls are mounted into the vehicle’s dash, allowing for easy and safe operation. The Exceed system itself mounts into the vehicle’s rear bagwell and is fitted with a specially designed cover for a seamless fit and finish.


For more information about Exceed Hybrid Technology or to locate your nearest E-Z-GO Authorized Dealer, visit www.ezgo.com. Facebook users can also join E-Z-GO’s Facebook community at www.facebook.com/4ezgo for more information.

 

 

About E-Z-GO

E-Z-GO, a Textron Inc. company, is a leading manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV and Freedom TXT personal golf cars, ST personal utility vehicles, Shuttle personnel carriers, MPT turf-maintenance vehicles, and the 2Five street-legal low-speed vehicle. E-Z-GO also produces the Cushman® line of heavy-duty material carriers, and the Bad Boy Buggies® line of recreational and utility vehicles for hunters and outdoorsmen.

 

E-Z-GO is the preferred golf car fleet provider for many of the world’s most revered golf courses, clubs and resorts. E-Z-GO is also the golf car of choice of nine of the nation’s ten largest course-management companies. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960.

 

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. (NYSE; TXT) is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron in known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

 

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