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John Deere Updates Gator RSX Line
John Deere announced the new model year 2016 RSX860i which replaces the RSX850i. The new RSX860i features a number of improvements including:
Increased top speed of 60 mph by increasing the maximum engine rpm to 7750 from 7250.
Optional Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) which adjusts steering effort based on vehicle speed and has an anti-kickback ... more
E-Z-GO Recalls Gas-Powered Golf, Shuttle and Utility Vehicles
E-Z-GO has recalled approximately 8,000 vehicles covering a number of gas-powered golf cars, shuttle and utility vehicle models under the E-Z-GO and Cushman brands. The recall involves E-Z-GO gas-powered TXT Fleet golf cars, E-Z-GO Freedom TXT, TXT2+2 and Valor golf cars, E-Z-GO Express, E-Z-GO Terrain and Cushman Shuttle vehicles with bench ... more
Yamaha Recalls Golf Cars and Personal Transportation Vehicles
Yamaha has recalled five 2015 and one 2016 model-year golf cars and Personal Transportation Vehicles (PTVs) because of potential cracking of the front wheel hubs, which can cause the front wheels to detach. The recall involves approximately 2,000 vehicles. To date no injuries or incidents have been reported. The following ... more
New Zealand Department of Conservation Switching To UTVs
The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) announced that they will be phasing out their fleet of ATVs in favor of UTVs by year end. A key reason of the change is safety, as the organization reported 11 accidents last year on ATVs. The UTVs also can two people, travel across a wider range of terrain and more easily carry or tow gear. ... more
Google Starts Testing Driverless Prototype LSVs
Earlier this week Google started testing their driverless, low speed vehicle prototypes on California streets. While designed from the ground up to be driverless, these prototypes do include a gas and brake pedals and a removable steering wheel, which can be used when needed by the safety drivers that will accompany the vehicles. The top speed of the ... more
Wireless Charging Could Pull Plug on Commercial Electric Vehicles
Brooklyn NY startup HEVO Power is helping EVs "cut the cord" with an innovative inductive charging system that replaces typical plug-in charging systems for fleet vehicles, and extends range by putting the charging system at vehicle destinations, instead of back at their home base. The company's Electric Vehicle Optimization Power Network ... more
EchoDrive Bolt-On Hybrid Kit Wins Work Truck Show
2014 Green Award
A bolt-on hybrid electric system that can be retrofitted onto existing fleet vehicles won the Green Award at the 2014 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN this March. The system, which includes a battery, inverter and electric motor connected inline behind a vehicle's transmission, was developed by Hybrid powertrain developer Echo Automotive, ... more
Utah Bill Lowers Barriers for EV Charging Stations
A new bill before Utah's state legislature would remove restrictions on the resale of electricity specifically to allow the commercial implementation of electric vehicle charging stations. Under current law, only public utilities are allowed to resell electricity, preventing private companies from offering fee-based charging stations in buildings and ... more
Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid subsidized by UK
The UK's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is eligible for the Government's Plug in Car Grant (PiCG), totaling £5,000 (Equivalent to $8,200 at this time).
In order to qualify, the Outlander PHEV had to meet a wide range of safety, emissions and performance ... more
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