AUGUSTA, Ga. – Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is launching updated models of its E-Z-GO RXV ELiTE series of golf cars powered by Samsung SDI lithium technology.
Building on the unmatched low cost of operation, energy efficiency and zero maintenance of prior RXV ELiTE models, the updated RXV ELiTE vehicles now use an even smaller battery pack that further reduces the vehicle’s weight to allow for nimbler handling and lessen the vehicle’s impact on golf-course turf, while offering the same efficiency, range and performance. The smaller battery pack also enables
E-Z-GO to offer the optional Insider Bag, the industry’s largest underseat storage compartment in a fleet golf car, with more than 36 liters of storage in a portable, grab-and-go solution.
In addition, the new ELiTE Light Charger allows golf-course operators the ability to streamline their cart barn’s infrastructure, using three times more vehicle chargers per 15-amp circuit. This solution can maximize electricity savings by lowering peak energy demand, and reduces the capital investment required to wire a cart barn to recharge an electric golf-car fleet — making it more cost-effective for operations to “green” their operations by converting from gas-powered to lithium-powered fleets. RXV ELiTE vehicles can also be equipped with an optional onboard rapid charger, so that they can be recharged quickly wherever there’s an available power outlet.
Since partnering with Samsung SDI in 2017 to become the first golf-car manufacturer to offer lithium technology at fleet scale, E-Z-GO has sold more than 110,000 ELiTE series vehicles globally. ELiTE vehicles are now in operation at nearly 1,900 golf courses worldwide, and have proven their mettle in racking up more than 25 million hours — and an estimated 40 million rounds of golf — of real-world use.
“E-Z-GO is building on the success of our proven ELiTE series with these new RXV models that further enhance both the course’s operations, and the golfer’s experience on the course,” said John Collins, vice president, E-Z-GO for Textron Specialized Vehicles. “We are the industry leader in lithium technology and powertrain performance, and our ELiTE vehicles continue to set a new standard to follow.”
E-Z-GO ELiTE vehicles are equipped with zero-maintenance lithium batteries that don’t require watering, terminal post checkups or cleaning like traditional lead-acid batteries. The batteries are backed by a five-year, unlimited amp-hour warranty.
ELiTE vehicles also charge in half the time and require less out-of-the-wall power than lead-acid batteries, with energy efficiency more than 50 percent greater than competitors’ vehicles powered by traditional lead-acid battery packs. ELiTE vehicles can “opportunity-charge” between rounds, and with batteries less than half the size and a fraction of the weight of lead-acid batteries, the ELiTE series reduces turf damage and soil compaction.
The updated models, which include the E-Z-GO RXV ELiTE, Freedom RXV ELiTE, and Freedom RXV 2+2 ELiTE, are available now from your E-Z-GO authorized distributor or factory-direct representative. The Insider Bag will be available as an option this spring.
In addition to the newly updated RXV ELiTE and Freedom RXV ELiTE models, the E-Z-GO ELiTE Series also includes the Express S4 ELiTE, S6 ELiTE, and L6 ELiTE. E-Z-GO’s sister brand, Cushman, now offers Samsung SDI technology in its Hauler 800 ELiTE utility vehicle and Shuttle 4 ELiTE and Shuttle 6 ELiTE personnel carriers.
To learn more about ELiTE lithium technology, visit https://ezgo.txtsv.com/fleet/technology/elite-lithium-powertrain.
E-Z-GO is an iconic, world-renowned brand in golf cars and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV, Freedom TXT and Valor personal golf cars, and E-Z-GO Express™ personal utility vehicles. Known for innovation in electric-vehicle and powertrain technology, E-Z-GO’s offerings include the ELiTE series of lithium-ion powered golf cars and PTVs, and vehicles powered by its exclusive EX1 gas engine, which offers unparalleled gas mileage ,low emissions, and the industry’s quietest, smoothest ride in a gas-powered vehicle. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga.,
E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960, and today operates as part of the company’s Textron Specialized Vehicles division.
About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Arctic Cat®, Jacobsen®, Ransomes®, TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™ and Safeaero™ brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. 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 is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.