Ok, so it’s not the kind of thing that you normally see on Tachoblog, but the EMerge – the world’s first road-legal golf buggy – has arrived in the UK, offering a low cost alternative to electric and hybrid cars.
With a top speed of 25mph and a range of 30 miles on a full battery charge, the EMerge electric vehicle is aimed at specific, lower mileage applications. Costing less than 4p per mile to run, EMerge is the most cost-effective green vehicle on the market.
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Jerry Hanss, Managing Director for ePower Trucks, the company behind the EMerge, told Tachoblog, “Golf buggies are very low cost and fun vehicles to drive, but until now they have not met the appropriate safety standards for road use outside America.
“Our EMerge ticks all the right boxes for road safety and is still a very cost-competitive product. We think there is a substantial niche market for this type of vehicle. It is designed for very specific applications – and it is the most efficient, cost-effective, clean and green vehicle for those applications.”
ePower Trucks, based in Oldham, North West England, expects EMerge to replicate the success of low speed, Neighbourhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in North America – in states like California and Florida, the buggies are used as second or third cars, perfect for short trips to the shops or the work commute.
The company has secured full EU Type Approval for EMerge as a road-going passenger vehicle, after adding a number of automotive safety features to the basic golf buggy chassis, which is already a successful product in the USA.
And ePower Trucks has fitted some additional features to combat the British weather, including an onboard heater and all-weather enclosure.
Available in two and four seat configurations, EMerge is also aimed at commercial applications, as well as the eco-friendly commuter. Almost all large sites such as ports, airports, hospitals, universities and army bases have road-going vehicles that never leave the campus. The US military recently announced it is investing millions of dollars in a fleet of 4,000 low speed electric vehicles for on-base transport, which will save the armed forces an estimated 50 million litres of fuel every year.
“EMerge is designed for closed campus environments, where a lot of vehicles spend their whole working lives in an area measuring just a few square miles,” said Jerry.
“In these circumstances, it really doesn’t make economic or environmental sense to use a petrol or diesel-powered vehicle, when you could use EMerge.”