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Gas vs. Electric Golf Cart
Which is best for you?
some widely held thoughts and misconceptions about gas and
electric golf cars:
Gas Golf Cars are more powerful so you need them
in hilly terrain.
Gas Golf Cars are more durable and last longer
Gas Golf Cars are noisy, stinky and polluting.
Gas Golf Cars are messy because they drip oil
Gas Golf Cars are cheaper because you don't have
to buy a new set of batteries every 3 or 4 years.
Electric Golf Cars are really not suitable for
hilly terrain Electric Golf Cars just don't have the
'get up and go' that a gas car does.
Electric Golf Cars can be dangerous downhill
because they don't have the slowing 'compression' of
a gas engine.
Electric Golf Cars don't get the 'mileage' that
a gas car does.
Electric Golf Cars are smooth, quiet and clean.
you may or may not believe all those statements and
you shouldn't, because for the most part they are
But keep them
in mind as we discuss the pros and cons of Gas vs Electric.
THE GAS GOLF CAR
First of all, the statement
that gas golf cars pollute is correct. The Federal Government and State
and Local governments
continue to crack down on all polluting gas engines, They have recently
started putting emissions on Gas Golf carts now too.---
California is one of the strictest states and has already banned
gas golf cars in several regions of the state. Other States have or
are threatening to do the same thing. Golf car manufacturers are
very sensitive to these growing restrictions. What to do? Well, how
about cutting down on the emissions and pollution? OK but virtually
everything you do to engineer this ends up cutting down on the power
of the engine. Now you have a 'wimpy' engine that just won't do the
job. Well just put a bigger engine in it, dummy!
Not so fast. Sure you can put a bigger engine in it but you drive
the cost up to where it isn't competitive with electric cars and
certainly with other manufacturers who DON'T put in a bigger engine
or clean up the emissions. You won't sell very many of them, so why
Now if you have had in mind that a Gas Car is more
desirable merely because batteries in an Electric Car have to be
replaced every 6-8 years or so, best think again. True, a set of
batteries Starts about $800, but perhaps you haven't been taking into consideration
what it costs to have an engine
tune up and the maintenance and repair parts cost each season. Since
that is part of our business we can tell you that it will just about
balance out the cost of a new set of batteries. No help here in making a
Gas versus Electric choice.
THE ELECTRIC GOLF CAR DILEMMA
If you haven't driven a
modern gas and a modern electric golf car, you are probably not aware of
the fact that there have been some vast changes in recent years. Most of
those changes have come in the Electric Car field. The pressures from
EPA have driven manufacturers to constantly work to improve the
performance and operation of Electric Golf Cars. And they have been very
successful. New in recent years are terms like programmable 'Regen
Speeds', programmable 'Ramp-up Speeds', 'programmable Top Speeds', and
NEVs. We'll try to explain these terms in a bit, but first let's discuss
what they all mean as a total. They mean that today's modern Electric
Golf Cars have almost leaped ahead of gas golf cars. Not only are they
quiet and non polluting, but they can outperform gas golf cars in start
up acceleration, downhill slowing (not using the brakes), and top speeds
in many cases.
None of this used to be true with the older types
of Electric Golf Cars powered with Series Wound Electric Motors. Now the
vast majority of Electric Golf Cars have very sophisticated electronic
controllers that can change the way a particular electric motor
responds. The ability of a golf course to manage the efficiency of
electric golf cars continues to improve. And new advancements are
So all the old beliefs
about Electric Golf Cars not having the performance of Gas Golf Cars
just is no longer true. Now when discussing the cost of replacing
batteries, it's another story. Heard about NiCad batteries? Jell-Cell
batteries?, New Super Batteries? Well for the time being, you can forget
about all those with regards to golf cars. There is not another battery
in even remote competition with the Lead-Acid, flooded cell, batteries.
There are three compelling reasons, Cost, Cost Cost. Then you can throw
We talked at length with all the major battery
manufacturers at the golf shows and not one had any other idea than to
make the Lead-Acid battery as efficient as possible. And over the years
they have been doing just that. Lead-Acid batteries are an interesting
subject in themselves and we will be doing an article on just them in
the future. But for now count on dealing with Lead-Acid batteries. Will
they get cheaper? NO! nothing gets cheaper (except Hi Tech), you know
that. But they may well get more efficient. Not many years ago a
discovery in the substance used merely to hold the active materiel to
the plates resulted in a gigantic efficiency of Lead-Acid batteries.
Let's talk about the 'range' of gas vs electric
golf cars. Well, electric car with their new efficient motors can
certainly go two round of golf on one charge. And running around the
neighborhood or the farm (whatever) is probably sufficient for most
uses. But if you want to take it out to the 'back forty' and work on
fixing the fences from dawn to dusk, forget about taking along an extra
set of batteries. An extra can of gas for your gas golf cart is the
answer to this requirement.
DILEMMA, DILEMMA WHAT DO I CHOOSE? GAS OR ELECTRIC?
Of course every situation has a different set of
circumstances. These are some of the most important questions you must
answer for yourself:
What Is My Budget?
How Will I Use My Golf Car?
Where Will I Use MY Golf Car?
The Bottom Line is, for most
people, the Electric cart is the
Most Convenient, Most Affordable , Most Reliable for most uses.
If you have a have large property and want it for a work horse for a large
ranch with over 100 acres.
Or electricity is not available
Gas may be your answer.
Either way we can help put you in the right cart.
Now if you are somewhat confused, here is an
Explanation of Terms:
Regen Electric Motor (Regen is a contraction of
An electric motor (and its electronic Controller) that can use the
downhill speed of an electric golf car to actually make the motor
act as a generator (slightly charging the batteries in the process).
This process 'adsorbs' energy, which in turn can be used to slow or
brake the golf car. How much 'slowing' can be programmed into the
This is a sophisticated electronic device that can be programmed
(these days) to tell the electric motor how to perform under
Tromp on the accelerator and the 'rate' of acceleration is the
The amount of braking that the electric motor (alone) slows the
golf car. This can be programmed by many modern Controllers to be
in a range from just under top speed to as slow as 2 or 3 mph for
a 'runaway' safety setting in case you forget to put on the
NEV(Neighborhood Electric Vehicle):
A class of Electric vehicle designated by the Federal Government
as a 'Street Legal' vehicle for speeds up to 25 mph. Must have
lights, turn signals, windshield washers, seat belts, etc. etc. to
make it street worthy. Most manufacturers make this so it can be
used in a Golf Mode (15 mph top speed) or Street Mode (25 mph
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