The Els Club Dubai, the first course in the prestigious Els Club portfolio, is proud to have in its 70-strong Club Car fleet, a solar-powered vehicle painted in Ernie’s favourite colours of the South African flag and Springbok logo.
The new car adheres to the same principles of sustainable development at the core of the Ernie Els Design philosophy that have been championed at the award-winning Troon-managed resort in the heart of the emirate’s 50 million square feet Dubai Sports City, since it opened in 2008.
By using the SolarDrive canopy on its new Club Car, supplied by Hydroturf, theMiddle Eastofficial distributor for the world’s largest manufacturer of four-wheel, zero-emission electric vehicles, the Els Club Dubai is establishing itself as a proving ground for solar-powered golf cars.
Commenting on the solar-powered car, Ernie Els, the 2012 Open Champion and a keen supporter of ‘green’ golf cars, said: “With SolarDrive technology, everyone benefits.
“There are significant energy cost savings and obviously the cars are kinder to the environment and help reduce our carbon footprint,” he explains.
The solar canopy allows for considerable additional range between charges, which lengthens battery life and considerably increases running efficiency. This, in turn, can enhance rental revenues and reduce maintenance costs.
SolarDrive’s crystalline solar panel modules are capable of producing up to 360 watts of energy to a vehicle’s battery system, and can be configured for two- to eight-passenger vehicles.
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