Equipment

Carryall UTVs a Cost-Cutting Fleet Alternative

December 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

by Staff

Club Car offers a broad range of utility vehicle models, including the Carryall 700 that’s available in either a zero-emission electric version or a gasoline version. Photo courtesy of Club Car
Club Car offers a broad range of utility vehicle models, including the Carryall 700 that’s available in either a zero-emission electric version or a gasoline version. Photo courtesy of Club Car

Utility vehicles are an attractive fleet option for expansive locations such as university campuses, large Parks and Recreation facilities, public utility plants, and multi-agency campuses where the use of pickup trucks and cargo vans is often limited.

By transitioning from small pickups to Club Car Carryall utility vehicles at appropriate sites, fleet managers can dramatically reduce costs without comprising performance, Club Car said. Grounds keeping, security, and building maintenance personnel can easily reach work sites located a distance from roads and tool rooms, and the vehicles can carry plenty of cargo.

“Our Carryall utility vehicles generally cost one-half to one-third as much to purchase as small pickup trucks,” said Kimber Parish, education and state local government marketing leader at Club Car. Further, utility vehicles reduce insurance and fuel costs, and they don’t require registration. Vehicle maintenance is often handled on site.

Both 4x2 and 4x4 Models

Club Car offers a wide range of options designed to suit different fleet needs. The company’s line of 4x2 utility vehicles includes the Carryall 100, 300, 500, 550, 700, and 1500 2WD. The 4x4 models are the Carryall 1500 4WD, 1500 4WD with IntelliTach, and 1700 4WD.

Engines range from 14 to 20 hp, depending on the model and drivetrain. The 4x2 models are available in either a zero-emission electric version or a gasoline version.

Most gasoline models feature a 14 hp-rated Subaru single-cylinder overhead cam engine with electronic fuel injection and hemispherical heads. This engine boosts horsepower by 30% and fuel efficiency by as much as 50% over past models, Club Car said. It accelerates faster and climbs hills more effectively.

Electric Carryall utility vehicles feature solid-state, high-frequency on-board charging systems with reel cord retractors. The systems issue audio and visual alerts to prevent common user errors. The system charges even during voltage swings and monitors the battery pack after charging to deliver power as needed.

The vehicles also accommodate Club Car’s optional removable VersAttach bed-based attachment system. It features adjustable bed dividers, cargo tie-downs, and tool and attachment holders. By carrying equipment outside the bed, the system frees bed space, reduces round trips, and boosts productivity. 

Capacity in the 4x2 vehicles ranges from 800 to 1,500 lbs., depending on the model.

Carryall 4x4 models, available in gasoline or diesel versions, have 20-hp engines. They feature the IntelliTrak automatic all-wheel drive system, which senses the ground it’s on and shifts intuitively.

“Users love this system because it has few moving parts to damage and requires virtually no driver training,” Parrish said.

Capacity in the 4x4 vehicles ranges from 1,200 to 1,700 lbs., depending on the model. A popular option for four-wheel-drive models is IntelliTach, a hydraulic-powered attachment system. A mounting plate interfaces with three attachments: bucket, pallet fork, and plow blade. A quick-release handle locks and unlocks the connection.

Corrosion-Resistant Durability

Club Car Carryall utility vehicles feature a corrosion-resistant, aircraft-grade aluminum frame. They’re known for their durability and long life.

“Club Car utility vehicles are built like tanks,” said Charles Gettis, an equipment mechanic at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. “They require far less maintenance than other vehicles we’ve used, and they last longer.”

Club Car’s custom solutions department can also develop one-of-a-kind vehicles for government applications.

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