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Electric Utility Vehicle Delivers Quiet Power
After observing the growth in the popularity of electric golf carts for home use, American SportWorks decided to add an electric utility vehicle to their line of gas-powered UTV's, ATV's, go-karts and scooters. Production of the 48V "Chuck Wagon" UTV started this year at the company's Roseland, La., plant.

    "Customers want quiet vehicles for hunting, working around livestock, or inside warehouses," says Laura McCallum, who manages marketing at American SportWorks Fort Wayne, Ind.

    With a stronger suspension and higher torque than golf carts, the Chuck Wagon is meant to be used as a utility vehicle with a 34 by 42 by 10-in. bed for up to a 400-lb. payload that can be manually dumped. It has a 2-in. receiver hitch and 1,100-lb. towing capacity.

    The utility vehicle has an 8.6 hp/500 amp controller motor, a direct drive transmission, and a DANA gearbox transaxle. It comes with lap/shoulder belts, headlights, travels up to 18 mph and can be made street legal with additional equipment in some communities.

    Depending on the terrain and size of the load, an overnight charge nets about 38 miles.

    "With regenerative braking, hitting the brakes actually recharges the battery to a small extent," McCallum says.

    MSRP is $4,999, and the Chuck Wagon comes with a one-year warranty. The company is seeking more dealers.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, American SportWorks, Laura McCallum, 4404 Engle Ridge Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804 (ph 800 643-7332; www.amsportworks.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4