Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel electric vehicles and Official Supplier to The European Tour, is helping drive business productivity by delivering fuel savings of more than 50% to The Grove’s turf utility fleet.
The award-winning resort and host of this year’s British Masters supported by Sky Sports, switched to nine petrol-engine Carryall® utility vehicles from Club Car in 2014, resulting in significantly enhanced fuel economy across its fleet over the past two years.
Philip Chiverton, Course Manager at The Grove, said: “The technologically-advanced petrol engine on the Carryall® range has definitely helped to raise the bar for utility and transport vehicles.
“We opted for the petrol engine vehicles rather than the electric for use on the golf course to ensure we can operate them throughout the day and despite this significant use we have been able to reduce our fuel costs, as well as further enhance our environmental credentials.”
Developed in partnership with Subaru, a leader in performance innovation, the Carryall® vehicles feature a compact, 14 horsepower engine, featuring EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) and electronic CDI (Capacitive Discharge Ignition) technology adopted from the automotive industry, to help deliver better fuel economy, improved cold starting and enhanced power.
In addition, its filter-less oil system reduces emissions and environmental impact by 33% per oil change, while the single-cylinder OHC (Overhead Cam) engine block is designed to help reduce engine temperatures and wear, while enabling golf clubs and courses to decrease the maintenance costs of a petrol fleet.
Philip added: “The greenkeeping team at The Grove is committed to ensuring the course is maintained to tournament-standard condition throughout the year, which requires round-the-clock upkeep.
“To ensure we can operate the vehicles effectively every day we have to be able to rely on them, alongside our supplier, and I have developed a close working relationship with Club Car distributor Oliver Landpower over the years. I know that they are on-hand should any problems arise, and, when coupled with the quality of the vehicles, it has been a great decision for us to choose a Club Car utility fleet.”
Alongside the nine petrol engine Carryall vehicles, The Grove’s utility vehicle fleet also consists of two electric Carryall 500 vehicles, for use in the gardens, one Café Express vehicle and four Villager 8 cars to shuttle guests around the resort.
Additional benefits offered by Club Car’s Carryall utility vehicle include:
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