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Air cart Launched in Orlando

8.00am 4th February 2000 - Corporate

For the golfer who has everything, including cash, there’s the air-conditioned golf cart.

The £10,000 Polarcart made its debut at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

“It’s the Mercedes of golf carts and it really works,” said Bill Sellers of the Polarcart division of Williams-Trane Air Conditioning which developed the vehicle.

The Polarcart is also expected to be attractive to cold-weather golfers because the enclosed cabin offers some protection against chill despite not being heated.

Vertec is expected to have the capacity to make up to 5,000 Polarcarts, said founder Rudy Bray.

The cart’s development has cost $1 million. It is powered by a 3.2hp, 36-volt electric motor and has a maximum speed of 15mph.

Williams does not expect price to be a factor in a potential market that includes exclusive country clubs, hospitals, theme parks and wealthy individuals.

“I, for one, have refused to play golf in inclement weather for years,” Williams said. “That led to my idea for the air-conditioned golf cart.”

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