Club Car has entered a marketing alliance with SolarDrive, a Denmark-based firm that specialises in solar technology for mobile solutions. Taking advantage of Club Car’s extensive distribution network, the two companies will promote the use of solar energy to commercial and golf accounts all around the world.
SolarDrive designs and engineers vehicle canopies made with solar cells capable of capturing and transferring the sun’s energy to electric-powered vehicles, including golf cars and utility vehicles. The solar canopies transfer from 180 to 360 watts of energy to a vehicle’s battery system, resulting in considerable additional range between charges in typical applications.
“SolarDrive is well-respected for its superior design and technological capabilities,” said Gary Michel, Club Car President and CEO. “As a leading proponent of environmental sustainability, we are pleased to partner with SolarDrive to encourage the use of solar energy in ways that promote sustainability and reduce our customers’ carbon footprint.”
Club Car said it expects the initial adoption by users that are challenged to make it through demanding usage applications on a single electrical charge. What’s more, Club Car says the availability of solar energy in an easy-to-install application may encourage facilities now operating gas-powered fleets to switch to electric vehicles.
“We are particularly proud to enter this marketing alliance with Club Car, which we consider an important recognition of the quality of our solutions,” said Peter Randow, SolarDrive CEO and founding partner.
The crystalline solar panel modules, which are capable of producing 90 watts of electrical energy each, can be configured for two- to eight-passenger vehicles. Two modules are normally used to fit a two-seat vehicle, with three and four panels installations designed for larger vehicles.
SolarDrive is a Danish company that specializes in applied solar technology primarily for mobile use. Its vision is to develop highly efficient solar products for electric vehicles and off-grid solar powered products.