The Evans-based golf car giant announced today that it will begin shipping its first electric street-legal low-speed passenger vehicle called the Villager 2+2.
The vehicle is based off an existing people mover Villager design with additions that make it legal to drive on streets. They weigh less than 3,000 pounds and have a top speed between 20 and 25 mph.
Last year, Club Car introduced street-legal versions of two of its utility vehicle lines that targeted commercial and government markets.
Robert McElreath, Club Cars vice president of global marketing, said military bases, college campuses, residential neighborhoods and urban environments with congested driving and parking conditions are among the target markets for the new vehicle.
Even when the purchase of an LSV does not replace a personal or commercial vehicle, it will certainly replace many of the miles a vehicle with an internal combustion engine is used for, and thats going to translate to fuel and energy savings as well as convenience, Mr. McElreath said.
The vehicle will have a base price of $8,876.
Its release was timed so that buyers will have time to take advantage of a federal tax credit which expires at the end of the year. The credit is $2,500 plus $417 for each kilowat hour of battery capacity in excess of 4 kilowat hours.