E-Z-Go's new vehicle is made for street

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This E-Z-Go is not meant for golf courses.

The 2Five is E-Z-Go's first street-legal electric vehicle. Its arrival will not add workers to the company's Augusta plant. 
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The 2Five is E-Z-Go's first street-legal electric vehicle. Its arrival will not add workers to the company's Augusta plant.

The Augusta-based manufacturer is now making a street-legal electric car called the 2Five.

Meeting the federal government classification of a low-speed vehicle, the 2Five has a top speed of 25 mph and is restricted to roads with a 35 mph speed limit.

The plant on Marvin Griffin Road shipped dozens of the vehicles to a select number of dealers a few weeks ago, said company president Kevin Holleran.

"The 2Five is a perfect vehicle option for neighborhood road travel, running errands and for those who lead an on-the-go lifestyle," Holleran said.

E-Z-Go is targeting two main demographics: homeowners in a master plan community and commuters in an urban reduced-carbon footprint environment.

The vehicle has a 48-volt AC electric powertrain, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and an on-board charger. It comes in a two-passenger and four-passenger model. The two-passenger version has a trunk.

The 2Five offers a meter that indicates the amount of power left in the batteries. It also has an accessory outlet to provide an electrical charge for mobile phones, MP3 players and other devices while on the go.

The suggested retail price is between $8,300 and $9,000, depending on the number of passengers, said Brandon Haddock, E-Z-Go's communications director.

Other golf car manufacturers already have LSV models in production.

"I don't necessarily feel that we're late because I feel the brightest days for this emerging market are ahead of us," Holleran said. "Our brand will resonate very quickly and very well. While we're not the first, I think our brand associates well with this market and potential consumer."

Holleran didn't say how many vehicles have been made so far and how many the company hopes to make this year.

The addition of the vehicle to the E-Z-Go lineup will not add workers to the Augusta plant, Haddock said. The model can be assembled on the same line as its RXV golf cars.

Though the 2Five was designed for the street, it could also be used on a golf course. The vehicle has a switch to limit the maximum speed to 14 mph for golf course travel.

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Deployed 06/30/10 - 11:43 am
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Approximate price? will it be

Approximate price? will it be built in Augusta? If so, will that add more jobs at the plant?

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jb1234 06/30/10 - 12:12 pm
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Yeah, it'd be nice to know

Yeah, it'd be nice to know where they are going to build the things.

Also, if it has a top speed of 25MPH, shouldn't it be restricted to roads with 25-30MPH limits, a vehicle going 10MPH under the limit would impede traffic flow and could cause accidents...

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omnomnom 06/30/10 - 12:39 pm
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nearly 10k for what is

nearly 10k for what is basically an adult sized PowerWheels?? These "on-the-go" people the company is marketing to.. probably use those little karts at the grocery store too! "The 2Five is a perfect vehicle option for neighborhood road travel" What happened to just walking?! Feel the need for speed? Grab a bike! This thing is an overpriced toy. That is IT.

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Riverman1 06/30/10 - 12:57 pm
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Here is the problem. Tesla

Here is the problem. Tesla went public yesterday and the stock is shooting up.
http://www.teslamotors.com/

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Deployed 06/30/10 - 01:01 pm
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Thanks for updating the

Thanks for updating the story.

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speeding 06/30/10 - 01:34 pm
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With all the oil reserves we

With all the oil reserves we have you want this crap. It don't take much to please some people.

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walrus4ever 06/30/10 - 02:13 pm
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Dont we have enough problems

Dont we have enough problems with Mopeds clogging up the roads. What about liability insurance? DUI? Doesnt look like much crash protection is designed in. I think Ill just buy a KIA for the store trip.

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flipa 06/30/10 - 02:44 pm
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I just bought a Subaru Brat

I just bought a Subaru Brat that a dealer had hid away in a warehouse. It's about the same size, and it will go anywhere.

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veggie-d 06/30/10 - 03:48 pm
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ha! ordered that tesla sedan

ha! ordered that tesla sedan yet "riverman"?

so e-z go puts lil lipstick on'a pig...this ez go thing is just a pimped out golf cart...it's all a marketing ploy to bite into the real business of electric vehicles. if they do not DRASTICALLY change the concept/vehicle, this project will be short-lived/doomed. it's junk that will only take money away from REAL vehicles.

that $10,000.00 will go a long way toward a tesla/honda/toyota/etc...that tesla sure is sweet.

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seenitB4 06/30/10 - 03:52 pm
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I kinda like it

I kinda like it myself...Perfect for senior communities. Zip around & not use any gas.

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SMN 06/30/10 - 04:02 pm
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But will it sell? 'Tis the

But will it sell? 'Tis the most interesting question.

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Laguria 06/30/10 - 04:17 pm
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Yes it will sell at places

Yes it will sell at places like the Villages in fla. All other golf cart companies have already answered the call. All you naysayers don't know what you are talking about. That's not surprising. Lag

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Riverman1 07/01/10 - 03:56 am
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Most private communities

Most private communities already allow existing golf carts to be used.

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