Off Road Vehicles and Electric Golf Cars

The uses and versatility of off road vehicles have made them a great choice amongst drivers. These are basically the means of transport that can be driven on and off the paved or rock-strewn surface. The basic features that characterize these automobiles are caterpillar tracks in general. These have large tyres with deep yet open treads.

The tyres have flexible suspension to be able to drive beyond the pavement. They need to have low ground pressure so that these do not sink into a soft ground. In order to not to lose traction, these need to keep their wheels on the ground. Also these have high road clearance which is indispensable so that they could move and perform efficiently.

With the advent of luxurious game, Golf, considering enough travelling across the sheer size of playing course, electric golf cars came into being. Being electrically induced, these emit low noise and are priced low. To avoid it from getting hung up on obstacles, these are accompanied with additional tyres in combination to flexible and tall suspensions.

You can also customize utility vehicles and golf vehicles and outfit with a variety of assortments. You can find them easily online at sale prices along with reasonably low priced accessories. Spending money on these is not simply eco-friendly, but also it alleviates your lifestyle.

What are the common examples of these ways of transport?

The common machinations available are-

• Land rovers
• Jeep
• Lorries
• Pickup trucks
• Military vans
• General hummer
• All terrain vehicles
• Rock crawlers
• Sand rails
• Dune buggies and
• Dirt bikes

What utility do these provide you?

• The equipment can easily handle rough climate conditions and do not slip over mud or slopes

You can also attempt to drive them over the wet mud without getting stuck. There are different types of gears with a variety of tyres to give an overall off-roading momentum.

• Can easily rover over terrain
They are in general suitable for routes that are chief along un-surfaced tracks, rock terrains, forest tracks and older roadways.

• Yields high performance
These are based on standard models of automobiles and the designs made to meet the specific trekking demands, they are supposed to yield higher performance. Their sturdy tyres and expert technology indeed builds them powerful moving parts.

• Can be customized as well
They can also be designed as per your customized preferences and needs. There are certain specific requirements to be imparted into these equipment for the purpose of defense and military travelling.

Furthermore, low gearing allows the engine to move slowly and comfortably from a challenging terrain. Generally, these equipment have four wheels to maintain traction even on the slippery terrains.

Electric Vehicles – Growing Presence on European Roads

With the cost of fuel skyrocketing around the world, and more consumers becoming conscious of the negative impact cars have on the environment, car manufacturers focus their production efforts on new full-electric vehicles as well as new hybrid models. Ford Motor Company has had development plans in the works for environmentally friendly vehicles to be increasingly prevalent on the roads for years-particularly in North America. As one of the many initiatives Ford is currently taking in the quest to provide the public with more fuel-efficient alternatives for vehicles, the company is promising to introduce five full-electric and hybrid vehicle models in Europe by the year 2013. This plan is part of Ford’s global electric vehicles plan. Electric and hybrid vehicles will greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as well as reduce fossil fuel consumption.

While protecting the environment should be at the forefront of what people look for in purchasing a new vehicle, the hybrid car movement is still rather new, and the full-electric vehicle is still somewhat of an abstract concept to many consumers. According to a survey done by consumer reports, price, range and overall performance are generally top considerations for most consumers in the market when buying a new vehicle. Another consideration for people who would possibly consider buying an electric vehicle, is the accessibility of electric charging stations-people are more likely to buy, if they know it would be easy to “charge up” the vehicle conveniently. Ford, however, has a vision to bring a wide range of top performing fuel-efficient, “green” vehicles to millions.

John Fleming, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe and Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs, stated in a press release, “These new advanced technology models are key to Ford’s commitment to delivering a portfolio of alternative power train vehicles globally and to European customers in the next few years,”

The first full-electric car to be launched as part of Ford’s agenda is the Transit Connect Electric. This vehicle is a compact van, commonly used for workers that need to carry excessive cargo. The idea is that electric charging stations will be housed at the workplace for employees to charge-up before going on their route of daily work tasks. This full-electric vehicle was featured at the New York Auto Show in 2010. It is said to have a 40 KW, 300-volt Siemens electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery to power the vehicle for an estimated 120,000 miles total. With an 80-mile range, the Transit Connect Electric vehicle is said to be a “smooth, quiet ride” by a test driver. When connected to a 240-volt outlet, the vehicle would take six to eight hours to be fully charged.

The next car in Ford’s electric vehicle line up for its global electric vehicles plan will be the Ford Focus Electric, coming out in 2012. This vehicle will be powered 100 percent by lithium-ion batteries. The result of an all-battery powered vehicle is zero emissions. The range reaches 100 miles, and with a 220-volt outlet, takes six to eight hours to reach a full charge. The car will also have a handy interface which tells the driver specific details about the battery charge and range. The Focus is a compact electric vehicle with a modern exterior.

“Ford is committed to help lead the way to find creative solutions and ensure that electrified vehicles can deliver benefits to our customers, the environment and our business around the globe in a sustainable way,” stated Nancy Gioia, Ford Director of Global Electrification.

Ford will then launch two versions of the C-MAX-a hybrid-electric version and a plug-in hybrid-electric version-in 2013. The C-MAX will be the first hybrid-electric vehicle model launched in Europe, and the first model to utilize Ford’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. The traditional gas-fuelled C-MAX is a seven-seat vehicle that was launched in North America for the 2011 model year. A smaller version will be developed for the hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric versions releasing in Europe. The Ford plant in Valencia, Spain will be building the vehicles, which will be for the European market only. Fleming said, “The Hybrid-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid-Electric derivatives of the all-new Ford C-MAX are great news for the Valencia plant and region, for Spain, and for Ford customers across Europe.”

The last remaining hybrid-electric vehicle due to launch by 2013 is still yet to be determined. However, the launch of all five hybrid and electric vehicles have caused much hype since Ford originally announced its plan.