Cruise Car from Above…

Cruise Car from Above...

Cruise Car from Above

Electric Firetruck by Cruise Car

Electric Firetruck by Cruise Car

Taking Custom Carts to a new Level…

Cruise Car Wins Contract to Supply Custom Low Speed Vehicles for California Prisoner Education

Cruise Car has secured a competitive bid to supply the California Prisons (31 locations) a fleet of custom low speed vehicles. The Contracting Officers decision was based on variables such as product quality, price and Cruise Car’s proven ability to custom fabricate. Each 6 passenger vehicle is equipped with a special platform to carry a cart used to deliver laptops to the prison classrooms.

Cruise Car Inc.is emerging as a top manufacturer of premium low speed vehicles and sales continue to accelerate. General Manager and Partner Adam Sulimirski states, “Discerning fleet managers worldwide recognize and appreciate the benefit of working with a US manufacturer supplying a wide range of premium facility vehicles coupled with an ability to easily customize as needed.” Cruise Cars are now in operation at over 250 government facilities and at many universities and resorts nationwide and in over 25 countries.

For more information please visit www.cruisecarinc.com

Electric Vehicles for California Prison Education

Electric Vehicles for California Prison Education

Veteran Affairs Department chooses Cruise Car

Cruise Car is proud to announce that it has been awarded a contract to supply fleets of shuttles and light utility runabouts to VA Hospitals and VA Cemeteries nationwide!  Red, White and Blue vehicles manufactured at the Sarasota factory are now being delivered throughout the country.

Thank you Veterans!

VA Carts

Transportation Innovation by Cruise Car

motor pool software, car sharing, fleet management

Korea Electric Buses

Korea constructs road that wirelessly charges moving electric buses

Cool Electric Bus System

An electric bus that charges its batteries while driving (rather than while sitting idle in a charging station) is no longer science fiction.

Researchers at Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently constructed a seven and a half mile stretch of asphalt roadway in the city of Gumi in South Korea with specialized electric cables designed to power batteries on a moving passenger bus.

The first of it’s kind technology doesn’t need the vehicles to stop at a point to charge.

The bus’s batteries are equipped with a novel technology called “Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance” that sends electromagnetic fields created by the electric cables buried in the asphalt to the bus but not normal cars.

The technology recognizes vehicles capable of accepting the electric charge and those that cannot.

A coil in the battery can turn the electromagnetic fields into electricity at a distance of more than half a foot above the road.

Maintenance and Repair Part 2: Charging your golf cart batteries

As you may already know, charging golf cart batteries is exceptionally important to their continued reliability and durability. Besides keeping the battery tops clean and clear of debris, there are many things you can do to get the most for your dollar and keep them performing at peak for an extending time period. Some steps you can take to extend the life of your battery ensure they perform at their highest level, and keep your home, business, and/or family safe include:

      • New golf cart batteries require 20-50 cycles before they reach peak performance and capacity, so limit use during this time.
      • Fully charge new batteries before initial use, and charge the golf cart battery after each use. New batteries may require up to four hours more charging time than batteries that have been in use, and they may have less capacity.
      • If batteries fall to 20% discharged, charge them as soon as possible. Never allow batteries to become more than 80% discharged, as this can cause severe damage. A solar canopy golf cart charger is a viable choice to maintain the charge in your batteries.
      • If a battery is dead, be sure to fully charge it before use again to increase its lifespan. If a dead battery does not trigger an automatic charger, try a non-auto charger and check to see if the voltage has increased after an hour. Just because it doesn’t trigger the automatic one doesn’t mean its dead forever.
      • Keep battery cables and connectors intact and tight at all times, and regularly inspect them to make sure they’re kept in good shape.
      • Use the proper chargers for your golf cart batteries. Improper chargers can damage the batteries, resulting in poor performance and shorter lifespans. Be sure to contact your golf cart manufacturer or battery manufacturer for information on the proper charger.
      • If you use more than one battery, replace batteries with ones of the same size, usage level, and age as the existing batteries in the system. If necessary, replace all batteries rather than adding one incongruent one. Never put a brand new battery into a system that has gone through 50 or more cycles.
      • Check and maintain the water level of your battery.  This should be done weekly.
      • Charge in a well-ventilated environment.
      • Keep charging golf cart batteries away from sparks, flames, and other potential fire hazards
      • Be sure all vent caps are fully tightened before charging.
      • Avoid over-charging the battery, as it can reduce the life of the battery as well as the water in the battery to breakdown and heat to build up.
      • On the other side, avoid under-charging the battery, as this can result in stratification. (Acid Stratification – The electrolyte of a stratified battery concentrates at the bottom, starving the upper half of the cell. Acid stratification occurs if the battery dwells at low charge (below 80 percent), never receives a full charge and has shallow discharges.)
      • If your battery is frozen or above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, do not charge it. Heat is especially important to consider during a Florida summer, when temperatures in an un-air-conditioned environment can quickly skyrocket.
      • Accommodate for the changing needs of your golf cart batteries as they age. For example, older batteries must be watered more frequently, and they may also require more time to charge fully.

What are common mistakes made by lead acid battery owners?
Undercharging: Generally caused by not allowing the charger to restore the battery to full state of charge after use. Continually operating the battery in a partial state of charge, or storing the battery in a discharged state result in the formation of lead sulfate compounds on the plates. This condition is known as sulfation. Both of these conditions reduce the battery’s performance and may cause premature battery failure. Undercharging will also cause stratification.

Overcharging: Continuous charging causes accelerated corrosion of the positive plates, excessive water consumption, and in some cases, damaging temperatures within a lead acid battery. deep-cycle batteries should be charged after each discharge of more than 50% of the batteries rated capacity, and/or after prolonged storage of 30 days or more.

I hope above information has been helpful and informative.  If there are other areas of golf cart repair you would like to read about please let me know

Maintenance and Repair Part 1 – Battery Care


How can I extend my golf cart battery life?

The care and maintenance of your golf cart batteries, like many other things, depends on multiple factors.  The following points, based on our 30-plus years of golf cart manufacturing and maintenance experience, are important to answering this question.

1. What part of the country do you live in?

Warmer climates mean shorter battery life, no matter what, especially here in Florida. You can minimize the effects by keeping them fully charged at all times, without overcharging, and being sure that water levels are above each cell’s plates, but not too high as to cause overflow during charging or operation.

2. What about sulfation?

Sulfation is known to be the major cause of early battery failures and loss of power.  It’s caused by leaving batteries “self-discharged” such as in the off-season.  Sulfation hardens the plates inside the battery, reducing and eventually destroying their ability to generate volts and amps.  This

battery_Sulfation2is obviously a bad thing and this process begins when the specific gravity of the battery falls below 1.225 or its voltage measures less than 12.4 (for a 12 volt battery) or 6.2 (for a 6 volt battery) Without the use of a proper maintenance charger to keep the battery from losing its charge, sulfate will form in as little as a week. Unless it can be safely removed (dissolved), batteries can never again deliver full capacity and will have a shorter life. Periodic or automatic, full-time desulfation is one sure way to reduce charge time and ensure a full-charge, especially as batteries grow older. It will also significantly reduce water loss and most importantly, extend battery life and performance.  An optional solar golf cart canopy charging  system also helps to prevent sulfation.

3. Can you get rid of sulfation before it kills your batteries?

There are several methods used by charger makers to remove sulfate. The oldest and most common method is called “Equalization.”* It can only be performed on wet cell (flooded – filler caps) batteries, not the newer, sealed AGM types which are gaining in popularity. However, frequent equalization, although effective in the short run, shortens battery life. Newer methods using high-frequency current pulses (not high voltage) can be as effective, without the negatives associated with equalization. Some manufacturers allow, and even recommend, their use on sealed AGM type batteries. Look for chargers with built-in desulfator-conditioners that work full-time and automatically while also charging simultaneously.

4. How bad is it to run batteries down all the way?

Frequent deep discharges wreak havoc with golf cart batteries.** Try to limit the depth of discharge to a minimum whenever possible. If you must “push” them to get the desired range, also use a maintenance-type charger capable of more fully charging the batteries than the majority of “stock” O.E. types supplied with your cart. Batteries that are not regularly subjected to discharge depths of 50% or greater will perform 25% – 35% longer than those that are.  A solar golf cart canopy charging system is designed to lessen the chance of running your batteries all the way down.

5. Does keeping batteries “clean” help them function better and longer?

Dirt on the tops of batteries creates an electrical “leakage path” which leaches valuable power-capacity from batteries. Brush them off regularly or use a mild solution of baking soda and water. If not used for more than a few days before recharging, keep a maintenance charger on them to compensate for the self-discharge and for any power loss due to small (hard to see) dirt particles.

6. Is testing the Specific Gravity of the electrolyte fluid very important?

One of the best ways to determine the “health” of batteries is to measure the specific gravity level in each cell. When batteries are in good shape, the specific gravity readings you will get will be in the range of 1275 (4 balls floating, if using a ball type hydrometer). In addition, all cells will be “even” meaning they all should read the same. If not, those that test lower than the rest are “weaker” and will be the first to fail. Try desulfating them as mentioned earlier. If successful, you will see all cells become more “equal”, meaning their specific gravity readings will be closer to the same.

7. Is testing the voltage total of all batteries in the “string” helpful?

Using a digital voltmeter to determine the “rested” voltage of the entire series-group gives a good indication of whether they are fully charged, not holding their charge or perhaps not charged enough. Golf cart 6-volt batteries should test, after fully charging and letting rest overnight, at 6.4 volts. 8-Volt type batteries should test at 8.5 volts. Thus, in a 48-Volt series, total voltage should be 51.1 – 51.3 volts. Any reading higher indicates batteries were overcharged. If lower, than either they were not fully charged or are not holding their charge.

8. Do certain pulse-type maintenance chargers provide a “topping off” charge?

When left on after the “bulk” stock charger shuts off, maintenance chargers ensure batteries are truly fully charged. If they are also a pulse-type, desulfation-type maintenance charger, they likely will continue improving the condition of the battery to the fullest extent possible. Using such chargers when batteries are new gives them their best chance to live long, powerful and trouble –free lives.  The solar golf cart chargers offered by Cruise Car can help you achieve this very goal.

9. Do keeping tires at correct pressure help battery life?

Proper pressure, use of radial vs. stock bias-ply, using accessories to a minimum, all contribute to less work the batteries need in order to perform.  Therefore, being attentive to all the above will assist with battery life and with lessening the depth of discharge that batteries are subjected to.

10. Do solar golf cart chargers keep your batteries topped off?

One of the keys to the best battery performance is bringing batteries up to the proper specific gravity levels as recommended by battery manufacturers and keeping them there. Eco Trans Alliance, LLC manufactures the Sunray Solar Canopy that can consistently maintain a high level of charge (1). It can significantly reduce sulfation, a primary cause of premature battery failure, by maintaining the charge, the battery’s solar golf cart canopy, sunray solar canopyelectrolyte and in turn, the proper specific gravity level.  This results in over 25% more discharge time for the customer and a much better service life. The Sunray Solar Canopy provides a very fast recharge time, reaching maximum charge levels in less time due to a lessoned discharged state. This all means longer battery life and results in more money staying in your pocket. With the increase in battery costs and the decrease in solar costs, the question, “Why haven’t you gone solar?” becomes even more relevant.

*Requires careful observation during process (lasting as much as four [4] hours) to ensure batteries do not “boil out” their electrolyte water.

**Deep discharges equate to drawing batteries down by more than 50% of their rated capacity.

1 The charge maintained by the operation of the solar depends on the exposure to constant sun light and service demanded from the vehicle that depletes energy from the batteries.

Golf Cart Preventive Maintenance and Repair Series

The useful life of golf carts can be maintained and even extended by proper preventive maintenance.

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Inoperative or un-serviceable golf carts should be repaired in a timely manner which can be expensive.

In the following blog series I’ll be addressing the common areas of golf cart maintenance that can be performed by an owner with basic mechanical knowledge.  Performing your own maintenance can save a substantial amount of money on basic repairs, transportation and maintenance.

Maintenance & Repair Series:

Maintenance and Repair Part 1: Battery Care

Maintenance and Repair Part 2: Battery Charging

Maintenance and Repair Part 3: Battery Replacement (Video Included)

Maintenance and Repair Part 4: Pre-Operation Golf Cart Safety Checks (Video Included)

Maintenance and Repair Part 5: Periodic Service Schedule

Maintenance and Repair Part 6: Periodic Lubrication

Maintenance and Repair Part 7: Golf Cart Cleaning and Detailing

 

If there are any specific areas of golf cart care you would like me to address please let me know.

Cruise Car video – Partners interview

A short video about why Cruise Car is gaining the attention of low speed vehicle buyers worldwide: Click Here to view 5 minute video

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