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Three 42-52 MPG Road Legal Utility Models Now Available 060110

RSM & Associates Co. (Gung Ho Trucks) of Jackson, Michigan announces the availability of three Suzuki road legal utility vehicles. 

These three vehicles are imported from Japan to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for Low Speed and Medium Speed Vehicles (LSV/MSV).  They are fuel injected and gas powered.

The vehicles look similar to electric vehicles sold under various names.  Major differences between these and the electric driven utility vehicles include the fact that these vehicles do not struggle with a heavy load, and both initial and operating costs are substantially lower than the electric utility vehicle.  In addition, the operating range for any of these vehicles is about 400 miles and these vehicles perform the same in blistering heat or freezing cold.

These custom produced high quality Suzuki utility vehicles are powerful, practical and incredibly efficient.  They consume less than a pint of fuel an hour at idle speed and achieve between 42 and 52 miles per gallon in city driving.  They have the same onboard diagnostic modules used in full sized cars.

They are available in 2WD or 4WD with either an automatic or manual 5-speed transmission.  Standard equipment includes speedometer/odometer, turn signals, safety glass, seatbelts, emergency flashers, power steering, back-up light, horn, spare tire and jack.  Air conditioning is also available.

The Super Stalker LS is a two passenger utility truck that routinely achieves 42 miles per gallon and has a half ton bed capacity.  This versatile truck has multiple bed options for almost any purpose.  One popular option is a dumping bed.  Stalker accessories include, ladder racks, work lights, tracks, safety beacon, and a snow plow.

One of the handy features many find important is the fact that the truck beds have fold down sides for easy loading and unloading.  The bed size of 80 inches long and 55 inches wide is nearly twice the standard size of any other utility vehicle.    

The Mail-Mate is a small delivery van that gets 52 MPG and has 44.5 cubic feet of inside cargo capacity from the back of the front seat to the lift gate.  It is built on the same size chassis as the sister Stalker vehicle but the ride is softer and it has a smaller payload.  It is the ultimate light duty delivery vehicle.  It is perfect for rural mail or pizza delivery, meals-on-wheels, mall security, or city errand services.

The Shuttle is a four passenger, 5 door, micro-van that gets 50 MPG, and boasts about 82 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seat folding flat into the floor.  This area gives ample room to haul most anything. The ride is the softest of the three and options include a rear defroster, tinted/electric windows, power locks, remote start and a rear wiper.

All three have standard heating systems, dash clusters, suspensions, drive-trains and ergonomics for driver comfort.   They are right hand drive and the servicing requirements are similar to any other full sized vehicle.  Just change the oil and air filters as scheduled.  There is no other maintenance required until you reach 60,000 miles.   

RSM and Associates sells these utility vehicles to buyers seeking an enclosed cab, heater/air conditioning, cold/hot weather dependability, and a hefty payload capacity.  

Bottom-line. Property owners, universities, municipalities, park services and others are finding these utility vehicles to be the best overall new utility vehicle to land in the U.S. Ever!



Gas vs. Electric Utility Vehicles 010210


RSM & Associates Co. from Jackson, Michigan reports that the Suzuki Super Stalker LS utility vehicle costs less to buy and to operate than the most efficient Chinese utility vehicles now imported by Miles Electric Co. and others.


These gas powered utility trucks get 42 MPG in city stop and go driving. (Truck tested was equipped with automatic transmission, 4WD, AC, and power steering.  Highest speed during the test phase was 35 MPH and air conditioning was in use.)


The Miles electric truck base model sells for $19,795.00 plus options added.  There are some discounts available so a net price of $20,000 per vehicle after adding option costs and subtracting for discounts would not be unusual.  The comparable Suzuki model suggested retail price is $12,600.   The electric vehicle does have a $5,000.00 federal tax credit for eligible individual taxpayers.  The credit is not available to corporations, schools or other entities.


This gives the business buyer a direct difference of $7,400.  The practical implication of the purchase price difference is to place the proven Suzuki utility vehicle at a distinct cost advantage.


The other part of the equation is the operational cost portion.  We analyzed the daily cost for the gas and compared it to the electric utility trucks and found that the annual difference is really fairly small (between $35.00 and $154.00 depending on miles driven each day) with the advantage going to the Suzuki vehicle.  A greater concern is allowing for the provisional costs that must be budgeted to successfully implement the electric vehicle.


One such cost is the planned failure of the batteries.  For the Miles vehicle, battery costs are 6 @ $390.00 each for a total of $2,340.  If the battery cost is amortized over 25,000 miles of expected utility (assuming optimal decay and indoor charging) you will allocate about 9 cents a mile for anticipated battery replacement.  In a ten year period you will replace the batteries every 2.5 years if you accumulate 10,400 miles a year for a total cost of $9,360 over the ten year period for each electric vehicle in service.


For those utility vehicle buyers seeking creature comforts, it is important to remember that the electric vehicle does not come with air conditioning and are only equipped with marginal heating units that are not designed to melt ice or snow.   This means the electric vehicle must be kept inside or other arrangements must be made to clear the glass of fog, ice or snow. 


Our gas driven trucks, which look similar to the Miles vehicle, will easily and economically keep the occupants cool or warm and achieve around forty miles per gallon while doing so.  If you have drivers that will need to work out of the vehicles or drive any length of time, this benefit may be very important.


The electric driven vehicle is a great idea, but the battery situation and initial cost are the Achilles heel that remands utility to light duty and nonessential operations.  Realistically, the electric platform is not designed to compete with a comparable vehicle that gets 40 miles per gallon.  The battery range also limits the electric vehicle to non-continuous operations.  The vehicle can work for a few hours then must be set aside to allow for charging.   Of course this means additional planning to provide utility that matches staff demand and event schedules.


The electric vehicle does not work overtime.  If you can envision a situation where staff must evacuate an area or shuttle people or property out of a dangerous location you can see a situation where depending on an electric driven vehicle to perform may have some risk.  A power outage due to snow, ice or wind may wipe out all electric service vehicles. 


At some point in the future the electric driven vehicle may evolve to be a better purchase value as the battery technologies improve and volume production generates economies of scale.  Right now,  the Suzuki Super Stalker utility truck is the truck to beat on initial cost, operational cost and all weather usage.