At GIE+EXPO 2013, Cushman unveiled the next evolution in turf utility vehicles, a fully electric Cushman Hauler PRO with a 72-volt AC drivetrain that provides the range and power once exclusive to gas-powered machines in a silent, zero-emissions vehicle.
“This new Cushman Hauler finally gives landscape contractors and groundskeepers of large campuses a quiet, green utility vehicle that provides ample range and power for the longest, toughest day’s work,” said Darryl Heffline, vice president, commercial for E-Z-GO, which designs and manufactures Cushman utility vehicles. “Cushman has a long history of innovation in utility-vehicle technology, and the Hauler PRO continues and upholds that tradition.”
The new Hauler PRO features a 72-volt AC electric drivetrain, upgraded from more traditional 48-volt systems, offering up to 50 miles of range between charges. The patented AC drive technology also ensures that the Hauler maintains consistent power and performance from the first pre-dawn chores to the last light of dusk, without the noisy drone of a gas engine.
The AC drive technology is up to 25-percent more energy-efficient than DC technology, and also provides for unique features such as regenerative braking that recharges the batteries whenever the vehicle’s brakes are applied, as well as speed control to maintain constant speeds up and down steep slopes.
An optional limited-slip differential provides for greatly improved traction on wet or loose turf, while helping to protect turf from damage due to wheel slippage.
The Hauler PRO features a maximum load capacity of 1,000 pounds and comes standard with a 9.5-cubic-foot cargo bed. A 14.9-cubic-foot aluminum cargo bed will be available as a factory-installed option for facilities that require more cargo space.
For more information about Cushman’s complete line of turf utility vehicles, Shuttle personnel carriers, and Refresher food and beverage vehicles, visit www.cushman.com or join Cushman’s Facebook community.