The PGA has introduced a new fleet of lightweight, emission-free golf cars that can be conveniently recharged using an ordinary electric socket.
Among the 11-car fleet, seven of the new vehicles from Club Car feature the innovative Delta-Q on-board charger system, enabling simple plug-in-and-go recharging of each vehicle’s batteries.
The PGA runs 700 events throughout the year, including pro-ams, regional championships, national championships and the PGA Europro Tour, and its new golf cars will assist in the smooth, efficient running of these events.
The PGA’s Head of Tournaments, Simon Higginbottom, said: “The benefit of this technology is the convenience of being able to recharge the vehicles anywhere we take them. Previously, we were having to lease the vehicles at venues, so this is helping us make a significant cost saving.”
The Club Car fleet has been distributed to each of the PGA’s seven regions in Great Britain & Ireland – North, South, East, West, Midlands, Scotland and Ireland– with an additional vehicle going to Scotland, and the remaining three retained for the organisation’s headquarters at The Belfry.
The Delta-Q on-board charger system was designed specifically for golf clubs and venues with smaller fleets of up to 12 golf cars and utility vehicles to eliminate the need for a dedicated car barn.
The convenience and efficiency of being able to plug golf cars directly into the mains electricity supply is persuading many larger fleet operators to switch over to the new recharging system instead of installing bespoke charging units.
Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of four-wheel electric vehicles, has been a long-term supplier to the PGA.
It is also an official supplier to the European Tour and the 2014 Ryder Cup between Europe and theUnited StatesatGleneagles,Scotland, where it will provide 300 vehicles essential in the operation and smooth running of golf’s most prestigious team event.
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