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Announcing the Rhoades SOLARped Series – 100% Powered by the Sun


HENDERSONVILLE, TN — October 16, 2013 —Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, today announced the release of a new model series – the Rhoades SOLARped – 100% powered by the sun.

“This is really exciting because we’ve been able to source a flexible, mono-crystalline, 190 watt solar panel which attaches to the existing windshield on our SportPed model,” explained company president, Bill Pomakoy.   “That panel is absolutely amazing because it allows the rider to keep the 24 volt battery system that runs the electric motor charged while on a ride.  I took the two seater out for a 17 mile ride and returned with absolutely no battery drain whatsoever.  I could have gone on for hours and hours more,” added Pomakoy. 

SOLARped P2 With the Rhoades SOLARped, customers can have the best of all worlds – pedal assistance when desired from the PD750 electric motor along with a powerful solar panel that keeps the batteries charged and never needs to be plugged in to a wall outlet.  It’s completely off-the-grid!

 The Rhoades SOLARped Series is available in one and two person versions.  The 1-person SOLARped P1 uses a 110 watt solar panel to charge the batteries and the 2-person, side-by-side, SOLARped P2 employs the 190 watt panel for additional power.  The company plans to add a 4 person model in 2014. 

“There are so many applications for this new technology,” according to Phyllis Shelton, Rhoades Car Vice President of Sales.  “In addition to our residential customers enjoying all of the benefits of the SOLARped, our industrial customers can enjoy the fact that they can purchase a Rhoades SOLARped for SOLARped P1their work fleet at a much lower acquisition cost compared to a golf cart and their employees can get healthy by pedaling.  Plus the annual maintenance costs are minimal for even further savings along with the incredible employee health benefits of riding a Rhoades,” added Shelton.  

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of four-wheel bicycles for residential and industrial use.  Celebrating its 22nd year in business in 2013, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

For more information about the Rhoades SOLARped series, call Rhoades Car at 800-531-2737 or send an email to info@rhoadescar.com.  Information about all Rhoades Car models is available on the company’s website www.RhoadesCar.com.

The Healthy Living Expo


September 28-29, 2013
Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm — Click here for FREE tickets!
Music City Center / 201 5th Ave S / Nashville, TN, 37202

Rhoades Car will be exhibiting at The Healthy Living Expo in Nashville, TN on September 28-29, 2013. Stop by and check out the models on display!

We hope to see you there!

Link to event site: http://thehealthylivingexpo.com/nashville/

Click here to print your FREE tickets!

Worksite Wellness Conference


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September 17, 2013
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
L.I.F.T. Center / 101 Jackson Walk Plaza / Jackson, TN  38301

Rhoades Car will be exhibiting at the Worksite Wellness Conference in Jackson, TN on September 17, 2013. Stop by and check out the models on display!

We hope to see you there!

Click Here to Register: http://www.eatwellplaymoretn.org/news-and-events/worksite-wellness-conference.html

Tennessee SHRM Conference


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September 15-18, 2013
Gaylord Opryland Hotel / 2800 Opryland Dr / Nashville, TN 37214

Rhoades Car will be exhibiting at the Tennessee SHRM Conference in Nashville, TN on September 15-18, 2013. Stop by and check out the models on display!

We hope to see you there!

Click Here to Register: http://clarksville.shrm.org/news/

Southeast Sustainability Summit


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August 21-22, 2013
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday: 7:30 am – 3 pm
Holiday Inn World’s Fair / 525 Henley Street / Knoxville, TN 37902

Rhoades Car will be exhibiting at the Southeast Sustainability Summit in Knoxville, TN on August 21-22, 2013. Stop by and check out the models on display!

We hope to see you there!

Link to event site: http://tnenergy.org/event/ornl-southeast-sustainability-summit/

Rhoades Car International Announces New Financing Option


For Immediate Release                                         

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — July 24, 2013 —Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, today announced a new customer financing option – the Baker’s Dozen 13 month lease program.   

“It’s actually pretty simple; in the Baker’s Dozen program, you take the amount that you want to finance and divide it by twelve and then add one more payment of the same amount for a total of 13 payments,” explained Customer Service Manager, Holly Skinner.  “This new program will give folks who qualify the ability to purchase a Rhoades Car today and spread the payments over 13 months.  It’s exactly what people have been asking for,” Skinner added. 

There are just two steps to the special financing program:

1.       Customers complete the Consumer Lease Application

2.       Credit is evaluated by the lender and scored to determine overall approval and up-front payment requirements

Phyllis Shelton, Rhoades Car Vice President of Sales, added “For years we’ve been looking for a financing program to help the masses purchase a Rhoades Car.  We finally have an affordable solution.”

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of four-wheel bicycles for residential and industrial use.  Celebrating its 22nd year in business in 2013, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

For more information about the Baker’s Dozen program, call Rhoades Car at 800-531-2737 or send an email to info@rhoadescar.com.  Information about the program is also on the company’s website www.RhoadesCar.com.

Nashville Ledger features the new Rhoades Car Solaride


The Nashville Ledger interviewed Phyllis Shelton, Vice President of Rhoades Car, and printed a story today about the Rhoades Solaride among other things.  Great story!

Read all about it: http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=66767

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Americans See Real Rewards from Workplace Wellness Programs


by Bill Pomakoy, Rhoades Car company president:

An interesting study was just released by Principal Financial (see below) regarding worksite wellness programs.  The study shows that an overwhelming majority of employees embrace appropriate corporate wellness programs.

Rhoades Car has an entire fleet of 4-wheel industrial quadracycles (4-wheel bikes) for companies looking to offer a healthy and efficient means of factory transportation as well as a way for employees to get a healthy workout while on morning/afternoon breaks, lunch, or after shifts.  Call us at 800-531-2737 and ask about our corporate health and wellness program for your company.

IMG_7966Here’s the article:

Employers offer incentives to increase program participation

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More American workers recognize the rewards of participating in workplace wellness programs, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: American Workers. Sixty-two percent of workers, up from 55 percent 2011, believe workplace wellness activities are successful in improving health and reducing health risks.

“In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

The index, which surveys American workers at growing businesses with 10-1,000 workers1, is released by the Principal Financial Group® and conducted by Harris Interactive®. These findings focusing specifically on wellness attitudes and behaviors among American workers were taken from the fourth quarter 2012 Index.

By taking advantage of workplace wellness offerings, American employees are approaching their work with more energy and motivation. Fifty-one percent of program participants feel wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better, and another 59 percent of program participants say they have more energy to be productive at work as a result of their participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs.

IMG_0158“As wellness programs become more established in the workplace, we are seeing a growing number of employees appreciate – and expect – that their employer offers these benefits,” said Lee Dukes, president of Principal Wellness Company, a subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group. “In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

Nearly half (45 percent) of employees agree that an employer-sponsored wellness program would encourage them to stay in their current employment situation, up from 40 percent 2011. Additionally, 43 percent of participants say wellness programs have led them to miss fewer days of work, up eight percent from 2011. Despite the apparent benefits, about a third (34 percent) of workers still do not participate in any of the wellness programs offered by their employers.

Employer Incentives on the Rise

As wellness programs become more popular, employers are offering a variety of ways to encourage employees to participate. The survey shows the top three ways employees are encouraged by their employers to participate in wellness programs are: encouragement by management (20 percent), lower health insurance costs to those who participate (20 percent), or allotted time for participation during the workday (20 percent, up from 9 percent). Only a little more than a third (36 percent) say their employers do not offer any encouragement to participate in wellness benefits, a significant divergence from the previous three years, when about half of participants said their employer did nothing to encourage wellness program participation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAParticipants also cited an increase in the following employer incentives:

Seventeen percent, up from 9 percent the previous year, say their employer offers contributions into a health savings account or health reimbursement account;

Sixteen percent, up from 12 percent the previous year, say their employer provides other financial incentives such as gift certificates or discounts for those who participate;

And 10 percent, up from 6 percent the previous year, report that their employer rewards additional paid time off from work to participants.

“It’s in every employer’s interest to have healthier, happier, more productive employees,” said Dukes. “Employers have to do more than offer wellness programs; in order to see the benefits, they have to incent participation.”

Personnel Changes at Rhoades Car International


For Immediate Release

June 22, 2012

Key Personnel Changes at Rhoades Car International

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — June 22, 2012 — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading four-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announced two key personnel changes today.

Lisa Cunningham of Springfield, TN takes over as Director of Operations effective June 25, 2012 and will oversee the general administration of the growing company.  According to company president, Bill Pomakoy, “Lisa comes to us with an impressive resume having guided several companies to high levels of success.  Her experience, dedication, leadership and vibrant personality will serve our company well.” Longtime Rhoades Car company administrator, Beth Baker relocated to Alabama earlier this month leaving the vacancy filled by Ms. Cunningham.  Ms. Baker will remain a consultant for the company.

Holly Skinner, a 7 year veteran, has been promoted to Customer Service Manager.  “Holly’s expressive personality and customer service skills are key elements to having satisfied Rhoades Car customers.  She also interacts with our growing dealer network to make things run efficiently in that important area of our business, added Pomakoy.”

“We constantly strive to provide Rhoades Car customers with the best possible customer experience and these two highly skilled individuals, along with the entire staff at Rhoades Car, will continue that tradition,” noted Phyllis Shelton, Vice President of Rhoades Car.

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in the Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of “four-wheel bikes that drive like a car” including 1-person, 2-person and 4-person models in a variety of configurations. Rhoades Car models are even available with an electric-assist feature – a small electric motor powered by two 12-volt batteries.  The company relies on local companies that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 615-590-0303 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.

Rhoades Car Customer Not Worried About Soaring Gas Prices!


By Beth Baker

Director of Customer Relations, Rhoades Car International

David King of central Wyoming isn’t worried about $5 a gallon gas — because he’s been riding a Rhoades Car for the past 13 years!  A few days ago, we received this unsolicited email from David:

I just thought you might like to know that my single-seat Rhoades Car, which is 13 years old, is still rolling along the highways and byways of central Wyoming. And I, at the age of 72, am still happily pushing its pedals. Thank you for a helluva lotta enjoyment and good health over the years!”

We’re thrilled that David has had 13 years of Rhoades Car enjoyment and wish him many more.  Did you notice that he mentioned “enjoyment and health” in his email?  Not only is he saving money on gas by riding a Rhoades, but he is staying in shape and having a great time!

Funny thing about rising gas prices – as gas prices soar so do sales of Rhoades Cars.  So far in 2012, sales are up over 100%.  Why?  Because riding a Rhoades can be a solution for many people as an alternative means of transportation in order to save money on gas AND get much needed exercise. Add in our 1 hp electric-assist motor option and it becomes a hybrid (pedal power and electric motor combo). That is one of the major reasons we were named Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year in 2011.

According to a recent study from the Oil Price Information Service, fuel prices are up 13.6% from a year ago and 76% higher than in December 2008. A FoxNews.com article earlier this week stated, “Americans spent 8.4 percent of their household income on gasoline last year when gas averaged $3.51 a gallon — that’s double the percentage a decade ago.”  No way around it – we’re headed for a big spike in gas prices again in 2012.  It’s time to look for alternatives!

Although the majority of our sales are here in the USA, we have individuals, couples and families all over the world ordering our 4-wheel bikes and many of them are adding our electric-assist motor option.  With gasoline prices climbing dramatically, gas savings is important but family health and overall fitness weigh heavily in the decision too.  So riding a Rhoades is a true win-win-win!  You get gas savings, exercise AND family fun.  After all, we need more Leave it to Beaver and less Virtual Reality in our society.  This is a great way for families to recapture that special time together.

A few weeks ago, Rhoades Car was featured on the Emmy award-winning and #1 locally produced PBS show in the country – Tennessee Crossroads.  They did a great job of showing how we are a Certified Made-in-The-USA product so when you purchase a Rhoades Car, you are supporting American workers. Here’s a link to the 6 ½ minute segment –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXN7Rv1Ly-c&feature=plcp&context=C33f14bfUDOEgsToPDskJxOGrtb3kGPRkGT3KHdg-M

So whether you are young or old, married or single, short or tall, overweight or skin and bones, have a small family or a large family, there’s a 1, 2 or 4 seat Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike just for you.  Just ask David King who is in his 13th year of riding his 1-person Rhoades Car!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.