During a hot summer in 1954, in a cramped one-room machine shop in Augusta, Georgia, E-Z-GO® was born. Two brothers started with a simple belief that they could build a better golf car, that better met the needs of the customer, than any other vehicle then on the market.
From those humble beginnings, E-Z-GO has become a world leader in transportation and a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility vehicles and personal transportation vehicles. From our headquarters in Augusta, we build tens of thousands of vehicles each year, many of which feature game-changing technology and innovations to improve vehicle efficiency and enhance the user experience like no other vehicle can. As but one example, our exclusive AC Drive, found in the E-Z-GO RXV golf-car platform, uses an alternating-current motor and electrical powertrain to deliver unparalleled hill-climbing power and vehicle performance with unmatched energy efficiency, with industry-leading features like a parking brake that automatically engages whenever the vehicle stops.
E-Z-GO is also well known for its business and operational excellence. In 2009, E-Z-GO received the coveted Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. That same year, the company's Augusta facility was named one of Industry Week magazine's top 10 manufacturing plants in North America. The company's facilities follow ISO 9001 standards.
Since 1960, E-Z-GO has been part of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), a global multi-industry company headquartered in Providence, RI. A Fortune 500 company with more than 35,000 employees worldwide and operations in 25 countries, Textron is known for its powerful brands, including E-Z-GO, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Jacobsen and Kautex, among others.
Today, E-Z-GO vehicles are designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles, a division of Textron Inc. that also manufactures commercial and industrial utility vehicles, recreational side-by-side UTVs, and ground support equipment for the aviation industry. E-Z-GO stands alongside its sister Textron Specialized Vehicles brands Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat®, Jacobsen®, Dixie Chopper®, Cushman® and Textron GSE as leaders in the respective industries they serve.
But more than 60 years after the first E-Z-GO vehicle was built in that sweltering one-room shop, there is still that single belief that we exist to build vehicles and services that exceed the expectations of the customer, better than any other offering on the market. It is the drive to sustain and improve that position to offer an unparalleled combination of world-class products, advanced technology, manufacturing expertise, and extraordinary service that leads E-Z-GO to cover new ground.