Why do we like neighborhood vehicles? Because they’re fun and friendly and tend to resemble golf carts. Also because, increasingly, they’re zero-emissions electric vehicles made for streets where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, encouraging a slower, more neighborly pace of life.
Why do we like the new E-Z-Go 2Five street-legal electric vehicle? First, because it’s cute. Second, because it features a lot of the items you’d want in a neighborhood vehicle, such as four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, automotive safety glass in the windshield, rearview mirrors, complete automotive lighting, three-point seat belts for front and rear passengers, and radial tires. If your friends tease you for driving a golf-cart, just show them the distinctly car-like electronic display that keeps track of maintenance and performance warnings. Then, switch the 2Five into “turtle mode” (14 miles per hour) to prevent turf damage, and hit your local golf course. How many cars can do that?
Eco-friendly features include a 48-volt, zero-emissions, AC electric powertrain that eliminates noise and the use of hazardous fuel and oil; it also requires less energy to operate than traditional DC-powered electric vehicles. Regenerative braking puts energy back into the vehicle’s batteries to keep you juiced up between plug-ins, and an on-board solid-state battery charger makes home-charging simple. The 2Five’s foam seating is made of 100 percent recycled material.
“E-Z-GO is excited to offer the 2Five as a convenient, fun and environmentally sound transportation alternative,” said Kevin P. Holleran, president of E-Z-GO, in a statement. “The 2Five is a perfect vehicle option for neighborhood road travel, running errands and for those who lead an on-the-go lifestyle.” The vehicle is can be operated by licensed drivers on most public roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less; it’s manufactured with the rest of the E-Z-Go line in Augusta, Georgia.