Ransomes Jacobsen, the UK and European distributor for E-Z-GO golf cars and Cushman utility vehicles, launched the Cushman Refresher FS2 at the BTME Show during Harrogate Week in January.
The Refresher FS2 is a mobile refreshment vehicle featuring FlexServe Technology, a new point-of-sale concept designed to increase revenue for the golf course operator.
The revenue-generating modular system of the FS2 has been exclusively developed for Cushman by 19th Hole Cart LLC, a leader in the design and manufacture of food-and-beverage units for golf vehicles.
With 40% more merchandising space than the Refresher 1200, the FS2 features a new point-of-sale design that can significantly improve merchandising profitability.
The modular design allows a course to customise the Refresher FS2 within minutes to accommodate a variety of products, from hot food to cold drinks to cl othing.
Designed with a modern Pebble Platinum finish and a three metre, wrap-around counter, the Refresher FS2 demands the attention of golfers when out on the course, around the club or providing beverage service at special events.
One of the unique features of the FS2 is an adaptable rear section that has a flexible and inviting display area perfect for morning coffee or afternoon beverages. A reversible insert allows for fast changeover from coffee pots to bottles that accommodates any situation or special event, such as golf tournaments or even wedding receptions.
Two 3-litre hot beverage pots come standard with the unit as well as shelves at the rear and on the inside of doors to hold mini bottles, mixers, creamer and napkins. Two side cabinets are located in the lower rear area, that can be used for storing cleaning products and supplies.
A 0.085 cubic metre waste and recycle storage capacity with two removable plastic bins is standard to the FS2, a "green" feature not found on any other refreshment vehicle within the industry. And possibly most important, this feature makes room for the next round of drinks on the golf car.
The three metre, U-shaped polar white counter wraps around the unit, providing plenty of space for preparation of drinks and meals as well as displaying other merchandise. The counter is made of a durable material that withstands the weather as well as the daily trips around and along the fairways.
The new design of the Refresher FS2 has significantly more storage space than previous models or competitive units, with 0.283 cubic metres of beverage storage designed in a manner that allows for 100 percent practical loading, thereby eliminating unusable or wasted space.
Two large full-extension sliding drawers allow for fast and easy access to products to speed up pace of play. Each drawer has a built-in locking mechanism as an added safety feature and is insulated to handle beverages and hot and cold products. Additionally, each drawer can be fitted with optional sanitation-certified inserts designed to store and serve consumable ice. In reality, all stock is very easily accessible.
The standard FS2 unit contains three glazed storage modules that provide 600mm x 760mm of highly visible merchandising space.
The 150mm snack module features one dual-sided pullout polycarbon pegboard that provides a visual display to drive impulse purchases. The snack module is fitted with hooks (6), baskets (2) and crisp strips (2). A further 150mm storage module contains five racks with plenty of space to store an assortment of beverage cups.
The larger 300mm merchandise display module is located on both sides of the unit. Each cabinet is fitted with 4 adjustable shelves. And for even more storage space, 150mm cabinets are located alongside both drawers of the unit, each holding three pull-out snack trays.
At the front of the vehicle, the front bumper farings have been designed to protect the driver and passenger from dirt and water by dispersing water away from the cabin. Utilising the renown Cushman design and dependability as previously the rugged front end has been manufactured using durable ThermoPlastic Olefin (TPO) with automotive-quality paint and finish for maximum strength and resistance to fading.
Complementing the front end is a standard brush guard and fascia that protects the body, steering components and suspension from impact and debris.
The lights are positioned to optimise light dispersion around the vehicle, for enhanced visibility and safety. An optional high-output LED headlamp provides for even greater lighting performance.
The Refresher FS2 is powered by a 13.5 hp, 401cc Kawasaki petrol engine, the industry leader in power and torque. A new suspension keeps the Refresher FS2's ride smooth and comfortable throughout the long days on the course.
Completing the standard FS2 unit is a removable, water-resistant, slate-colored canopy with a sleek design that allows for easy cleaning and changing out for special events.
Due to its modular design there are multiple upgrades available:
• An optional limited-slip differential greatly improves traction on wet or loose terrain, while helping to protect turf from damage due to wheel slippage.
• Additional display modules include a 450mm display module, 300mm wedge shelves, coffee/creamer serving caddie, sweet and sandwich trays, NSF inserts and even a humidor!
The Refresher FS2 has been designed to be an extension of a clubhouse and pro shop. It will greatly enhance the on-course experience of the golfer with the opportunity to take profit margins to new levels. There is no other product in the golf industry with the flexibility and revenue-generating power of the Refresher FS2.