Rides for Retirees: New Class of Vehicle Known as LSVs Slashes Transportation Cost for Seniors

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The Club Car Villager LSV also cuts emissions and makes driving fun again.

Fun, sporty Villager LSVs are helping seniors around the country avoid sticker shock at the dealer, drive right by gas stations, and slash insurance and maintenance expenses.

There’s no free ride, even after retirement.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, transportation is the second largest expense for most households, coming in at about 25 percent. While this is generally lower for retirees, transportation still takes a big bite out of their budget.

But Mary A. Sicard, marketing manager at Club Car, shares some cost-cutting information.

“A new class of street-legal, zero-emissions vehicles known as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) or Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) can cut that down to size,” Sicard says.

This includes the Club Car Villager LSV. These fun, sporty cars are helping seniors around the country avoid sticker shock at the dealer, drive right by gas stations, and slash insurance and maintenance expenses.

Go Green and Save Green

The cost savings are significant. In the United States, Villager LSVs cost about half as much to operate as gas-powered vehicles. And they can be charged through a standard 110-volt outlet, so users don’t have to pay $300 - $1,500 to install a 220-volt outlet as they would to juice an electric car. A six-hour charge takes the vehicle 30 miles.

The Villager LSV also shrinks the owner’s carbon footprint because they are emissions-free. Conventional cars, on the other hand, create about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide for every gallon of gas burned, for an annual average of six tons of carbon dioxide per car.

“Many retired couples can replace at least one gas-guzzler with a Villager LSV,” Sicard says.

LSVs vs. Golf Car

While golf cars also make good neighborhood transportation, LSV are often a more practical choice because they are legal in most states on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less. They travel at between 20-25 mph.

Unlike personal golf cars, or golf cars used for off-course transportation, LSVs and NEVs are classified as motor vehicles and regulated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association. They must have vehicle identification numbers and be registered and insured. The Villager LSV is also equipped with windshields, turn signals, head and tail lights, seat belts and other safety equipment.

The Fun Factor

Stuffy gas guzzlers isolate people from one another and the great outdoors. Villager LSVs, on the other hand, are open to sights, scents and sounds. Available in two and four-passenger models, these small, nimble vehicles foster social interaction and integrate shopping and dining into the fabric of your life. And they’re silent. No revving engines or backfiring.

Residents of retirement, gated, urban and rural communities are using these vehicles for neighborhood transportation, shopping, running errands, going out to dinner, taking the grandkids to school, zipping to the gym or just cruising.

“Obviously, you can’t drive a Villager LSV down I-95 or on a cross-country road trip, but you can use it for hundreds of short trips each year. And, with more than 75 percent of all American vehicle trips coming in at 10 miles or less, these jaunts add up quickly,” Sicard says.

Stop by your Authorized Club Car Dealer and test drive a Villager LSV today. To find a dealer near you, visit http://www.clubcar.com and select “dealer locator.”

About Club Car

Club Car, one of the most respected names in the golf industry, is the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles. The company’s Precedent golf cars and Carryall turf utility vehicles are integral to successful operations at thousands of courses around the world. The company also offers a complete line of new and used golf cars, XRT utility vehicles and street-legal, low speed vehicles (LSVs) for personal use, all backed by Club Car’s 50+ year legacy of superior design, manufacture and service.

Club Car is part of the Industrial Technology Sector of Ingersoll Rand, and is based in Augusta, Ga. Visit http://www.clubcar.com.

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Club Car has been one of the most respected names in the golf industry for more than half a century. The Club Car product portfolio has grown to include much more than golf cars, now encompassing golf and commercial utility vehicles, multi-passenger shuttle vehicles, rough-terrain and off-road utility vehicles and street legal low-speed vehicles for commercial and consumer markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or clubcar.com.


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