Club Car shipping its first street-legal electric passenger car

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Club Car will begin shiping the Villager 2+2 street-legal LSV this week.  Club Car/SPECIAL
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Club Car will begin shiping the Villager 2+2 street-legal LSV this week.

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 Car’s 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 that’s 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.

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LaTwon
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LaTwon 11/02/09 - 05:12 pm
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not a very creative design.

not a very creative design. think big guys. think outside of a 1981 chrysler cordoba box. build a single user with a wider wheel base. one bar down the middle, half bubble that will do 50
and has a fold out basket on the back. the gem is nicer than this thing.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 11/02/09 - 07:18 pm
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Yeah...and put a big machine

Yeah...and put a big machine gun on the top, with a radar for finding the bad guys (or the cheapest gas stations!). Oh, and don't forget putting one of those oil-squirting-on-the-road things so if anyone is chasing us, we can make'em slide off the road and into one of those nail salons or oil-change places or cellphone stores that are all over Evans!!

asustudent75
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asustudent75 11/02/09 - 08:30 pm
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People (mainly children) are

People (mainly children) are already driving golf carts around neighborhoods, so how is this really that different. Just another thing to look out for on the roads...like when cyclists ride their bikes on the road and NOT on the bike path such as the one along Evans to Lock Road. Are they going to require that those who drive these have insurance for these vehicles as well? Kind of a dumb idea, especially for almost $9,000.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/02/09 - 09:26 pm
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$9000? For a GOLF CART WITH

$9000? For a GOLF CART WITH BLINKERS AND A TAG BRACKET? Dang, I thought the Air Force aimed high. On top of it, the govt is using our tax dollars to push these turds.

jeffsmith
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jeffsmith 11/02/09 - 09:28 pm
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I've heard about this on the

I've heard about this on the news. You can only drive this type of car on certain roads, think 35mph or less. I think this a perfect idea for certain trips and doing your part for the environment. Saw that you could get a tax credit of almost $5000 if you buy one of these. Doesn't sound like a dumb idea to me. Don't think they are intended to replace cars, but sometimes you just don't need a car. I'm sure you'll need insurance if its on the road.

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gaboy_1 11/02/09 - 09:59 pm
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I live in Riverwood and I'd

I live in Riverwood and I'd buy one of these to drive to the new Publix and when my children get older, I can drop them off at school. Now, I'm not going to drive on Washington Rd., but I don't think you can anyway. And besides, from the story, it doesn't seem that this is for that. I probably wouldn't pay $8000 but if I got half back in a credit, sign me up! I'd rather have my tax dollars spent on helping a company in my hometown AND get something i'll actually use. Don't think you can compare this tax credit to the other junk that is being forced down our throats.

2bBob
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2bBob 11/02/09 - 10:11 pm
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Ah, yes. The tax credits and

Ah, yes. The tax credits and bailouts are all bad "unless there's something in it for me personally." Then suddenly they're a good idea. But what about if they only help your fellow man? Na, forget it. That kind of thinking is just for Sunday school, right?

gaboy_1
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gaboy_1 11/02/09 - 10:44 pm
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Ah, yes. You are right. I

Ah, yes. You are right. I would rather see the tax money that I contribute (a large part in fact) go to myself, as opposed to see it distributed by the govt to others. Maybe in Sunday school you learned neighbors should help neighbors? Not, neighbors should pay 40% in taxes and then have the govt redistribute to neighbors as they see fit. I'll help those as I see fit and in the meantime, I'll drive my electric LSV and save money on gas, support the local economy. and the environment. That kind of smart thinking isn't just for Sunday's (but maybe you are asleep the rest of the week).

draksig
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draksig 11/03/09 - 06:59 am
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If I read right, Georgia also

If I read right, Georgia also gives a tax credit for buying LEV's and I believe that this qualifies.

WW1949
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WW1949 11/03/09 - 09:01 am
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gaboy1, I am with you on that

gaboy1, I am with you on that 40% comment. 2bBob, I think everyone who works very hard is fed up with the hand out mentality of a certain class of people and their owe me attitude. I know I am. There will always be the poor and most cannot be helped. I would rather see a and up and not a hand out. I deal with these type of people everyday and I know what they are like.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 11/03/09 - 01:32 pm
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I can see our Government

I can see our Government removing the 20year pension from the military before they ever stop giving to the worthless people.

Boston93
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Boston93 11/04/09 - 10:00 am
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To Just My Opinion: Hey, they

To Just My Opinion: Hey, they ain't making them for Evans people. They wouldn't steep that low to help the economy. They wouldn't know how to operate or use them safely. They are for cities that will welcome them for what they are intended.

Boston93
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Boston93 11/04/09 - 10:06 am
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To asustudent75: You're still

To asustudent75: You're still a student. When you are educated a little more, you'll probably understand better. By the way, I see many ASU students biking/running in the streets of Augusta. Are you one of those. Besides, I believe the ashalt sidewalk on Evans to Locks Road is for walkers/joggers/runners/mothers with baby strollers. Also, it's not against the law to ride bikes on the streets. How about motorcycles that weave in/out of traffic like idiots?

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