Golf carts represent a type of vehicle which is as well as environmentally friendly as it is simple and easy to use. The major goal of the golf car industry is to develop vehicles for people who need them to travel short and medium distances, typically with low speeds (at most 25 km/h).
This article will introduce you to how an electric golf cart works and what specific types and models exist out there on the market today. Keep reading if you want to learn more about these kinds of cars. Before we start, let’s see the video below:
What are their benefits?
As we mentioned earlier before, golf carts have some specific advantages such as A lack of exhaust emissions – This is one of the major advantages of electric cars in general, compared with conventional vehicles.
They are very quiet – The absence of engine noise makes them good for use near houses.
They are simple to operate – You don’t necessarily need a driving license or any special type of training to drive them.
They are cheap – They are considered by most people as quite cheap when it comes to purchasing and maintenance costs. Electric golf carts have no gears, which makes them great for climbing hills easily.
So, how does an electric golf cart actually work?
The way an electric cart works is very similar to the one of an RC car. Due to this, it has two different motors which are being used for you to go forward and backward as well as steer.
One is located at the rear axle that helps push you forwards whereas the other one helps turn left or right.
When it comes to recharging batteries, there are different ways of doing it depending on models, types, and brands. Most of them out there come with simple plugging wires which can be attached directly into your household sockets or power sources without any problem at all. However, some others might require you to use specific chargers specially designed for EVs (electric vehicles).
What are their disadvantages?
The next part of this article will present to you its disadvantages as well as the main problems that exist out there when it comes to electric cars.
First of all, a major disadvantage is a much lower range than gasoline-powered carts which enables it to travel up to 80 km after being fully charged.
The battery life span is another point that should be taken into consideration especially during wintertime or cold weather conditions. This shortens the distance you can go and if the temperature goes near or below freezing, even more so.
If you live in an area with heavy hills then this might also limit your driving possibilities since some models cannot climb them easily.
Finally, due to regulations of authorities, electric carts cannot be driven in the main thoroughfares. They may be driven on sidewalks or within a specific area to avoid accidents and other dangerous situations which might cause injuries to people around them.
Types of Golf Carts
There are different types and models of golf carts which can be classified as follows:
Type 1: This type of cart has 4 wheels just like any other conventional gas-powered vehicle. Although it is completely an electric car, this model meets all requirements that exist out there regarding steering system, brakes, chassis frame, and suspension systems. This means that it can generally drive wherever gasoline-driven vehicles also go.
Type 2: This is very similar to Type 1 but instead, it uses 2 motors/motors which enable it to turn and to back up. This option is particularly useful for driving on hills which makes it a great choice when you live in such an area.
Type 3: This type of cart is known as the “neighborhood electric vehicle” since its top speed is set at 20 mph (32 km/h). That means that you can use it where conventional vehicles go, but only within the main roads and neighborhood areas without any prohibitions or limitations.
Type 4: According to legislation, this model can’t be driven everywhere like gasoline-powered carts. However, they are designed to drive on sidewalks and travel at low speeds ranging from 5 mph (8km/h) up to 25 mph (40 km/h).
Type 5: This type of golf cart is known as the “low-speed vehicle” and it is only allowed to drive in specific areas which might be limited up to your neighborhood.
Types 6 & 7: These types of carts are classified as experimental vehicles and they might also be street legal under some circumstances.
However, Type 6 requires someone with a driver’s license to operate it since it has more power than standard cars and therefore carries more risks during driving.
Type 7 instead can’t be driven by anyone and it must stay parked until further research and tests will show that they are safe for general public use without putting people at risk of injuries or even death.
How long does it take to charge a golf cart?
It depends on the type of vehicle you have and its battery capacity. Type 1 can be fully charged within 12 hours, but some other brands such as Club Car, EZ-Go, and Yamaha m take between 36 and 48 hours to do so.
What are the main costs of owning and operating an electric golf cart?
If you want to purchase a new one, it will cost between $7,000 up to $10,000. The maintenance costs are lower than gasoline-powered carts since there’s no need for an oil change or tune-up.
The batteries also last longer and the only problem you might encounter is the disposal of them. It costs up to $800 for a full set and you’ll need 2 sets every 5 years to keep your cart running at its best.
How far can a golf cart travel on a single charge?
The answer depends on many different factors such as weight, topography, and terrain. Under normal use, a golf cart will travel up to 50 miles (80 km) per charge.