Seating Capacity: 4
4-Passenger Transportation Vehicle
Top speed: 25 mph
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Interior color: N/A
Power source: Electric
Power: 50 Horsepower
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Oil capacity: N/A
Drive system: 2*4
Length: 103 inches
Width: 72 inches
Height: 68 inches
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Rear Body: N/A
Tomberlin rose from nothing but a dream a few short years ago to become a respected manufacturer of golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). Based in Georgia, one of the company’s most popular NEVs is the Anvil, and it has been called a state-of-the-art masterpiece, the next generation of golf carts and an ATV for the suburbs in a few of the numerous reviews it has received from leading media broadcasters, including CBS News.
The Tomberlin Anvil was the result of three years of research and development at the Augusta, Georgia, headquarters of the Tomberlin Group. In a city that is already home to two renowned golf cart manufacturers, Club Car and E-Z-GO, Mike Tomberlin had his work cut out for him, but his completed product exceeds all expectations.
In 2005, Mike Tomberlin, founder of the Tomberlin Group, decided that he was going to make his mark on the world by designing, developing and manufacturing low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs), and his first model was the Emerge. Sales of the Emerge were modest, and Tomberlin found that it didn’t quite live up to his ultimate vision. However, even though the Anvil looks as though it is meant for off-roading through mud, rocks and fallen trees, it turns out to be perfect for all types of low-speed conveyance.
Tomberlin actually started as a manufacturer of scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and this gave the company a foundation for distribution. By 2007, its NEV dealership chain was set, but Tomberlin still needed a vehicle that was a little stronger than the Emerge. As Tomberlin noted in a recent interview, “We’re really all about delivering a neat operator experience with our vehicles,” and that is where the Anvil comes into play.
“It is certainly not an egg on a skateboard,” said Tomberlin. “We pushed the wheels out and gave it an aggressive appearance, big wheels. It worked remarkably well.”
When asked about who should be looking to buy a vehicle like the Anvil, Tomberlin said, “It’s designed specifically for close-in commuting. There are 15 billion miles traveled by Americans within seven miles of the house. That's what we designed this for.”
“I think it hits the target,” Tomberlin continued. “We'll let the customer bring it on in to the bull’s-eye.”
The Tomberlin Anvil is a rugged-looking NEV, and at 1,797 pounds, it is much heavier than its competitors are. In addition, the Anvil has a unique appearance that fosters a sense of pride in its owners and drivers. What makes the Anvil truly special, however, is its strong 50-horsepower motor fueled by six heavy-duty, 12-volt batteries. While it could certainly go much faster, the vehicle’s speed is electronically maxed out at 25 mph so that it can be federally classified as a low-speed vehicle.
Before it was officially released, Mike Tomberlin boasted that the Anvil could cover 50 miles on a single charge, but testing revealed that it could only top 40 miles before running out of juice, which is still a respectable distance. The batteries are recharged through an onboard AC charger that plugs into any 110-volt outlet, and it only costs a few dollars to ride around for just under two hours at top speed.
The Anvil is 107.25 inches in length and has a width of 70.9 inches. It is 65.52 inches in height, and the vehicle’s wheelbase is 79.365 inches. The body is made of fiberglass and HDPE, and the bottom of the floor has a ground clearance of 6.48 inches. The Anvil seats four passengers and has an 800-lb carrying capacity, and the rear two seats can be converted into a cargo area.
Under the Anvil’s hood is a 17-kw AC motor with a ventilated, forced-air cooling system, and the six batteries can be fully charged in 10 to 12 hours with the Delta Q onboard charger. Without the batteries, it weighs 1,490 pounds. It also sports a rack-and-pinion steering system and a four-wheel hydraulic braking system with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in less than 21.33 feet when traveling at full speed.
One of the greatest features of the Anvil is its Operator-in-Charge technology, which gives the driver complete control over the vehicle's power and energy use. It can be set on low power to conserve energy on long days, or it can be set for maximum power in tough conditions.
The base model sells brand new for $16,000, but several special editions are now in the works that provide different features and options at variable prices. In addition, it is possible to buy new and used Anvils from online dealers at reduced prices.