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Electric Golf Carts

Electric Golf Carts are gas alternatives that gives you fun and flexible travel alternatives automobiles or bikes with impressive range and style.

Electric golf carts aren’t just for the golf course anymore. They’re fabulous on the golf course, and with more durable batteries, they can keep up with any gas-powered cart on the course. For many seniors who live in residential communities of various types, they are also an excellent alternative to driving a car. You can zip around in comfort most months of the year in warmer climates within your community for everything from visiting friends to picking up groceries and going to the barber or spa. Electric golf carts require less maintenance and upkeep than gas-powered versions. They are quieter, so your neighbors will appreciate them as well. 

There are several things electric golf carts are ideal for, including the activities mentioned above. They are also great when you want to travel off-road to explore the country-side, scoot around a pond, or take a ride on a woodland path but don’t feel like walking. The nearly silent engine of an electric golf cart. If you enjoy going to the beach, music festivals, local brewpubs, and craft weekends, an electric golf cart can get you there in comfort and safety.

Things to Consider When Shopping for an Electric Golf Cart

Electric Golf Carts are designed for relatively short drives around golf courses, around our community and neighborhood, and to the community building, local store, or to visit local friends. They aren’t designed for a 150-mile journey. 

Several features to look for when comparing electric golf carts include:

  • A distance range of at least 25-40 miles per charge
  • Quick charging time
  • Powerful battery voltage
  • Performance on inclines
  • Slender profile for tight spaces
  • Low center of gravity to minimize tipping on turns
  • Good suspension and braking system
  • Street legal if you plan on driving in town
  • Comfortable seating
  • Good steering & suspension

Three Excellent Electric Golf Carts

We examined a lot of electric golf carts and chose three that were not cheap but weren’t at the upper end of the price spectrum either. None of them pushed the $10,000 mark, which is easy to do for the more luxurious models with all lots of luxurious trimmings. They all have plenty of comforts; however, that makes using them a pleasure. 

Club Car Villager 2 SLV

The SLV is designed as a “Slow Moving Vehicle,” perfect for the golf course, traveling around your retirement community, and meeting friends for lunch at the local watering hole. This electric golf cart is built on a lightweight, rust-proof aluminum frame and gets about 30 miles on a single charge. It has 3-point safety belts and seats 2 people on cushioned seats. Safety-glass windshields and wipers make for safe driving in most weather conditions.  The battery is a powerful 48-volt DC offering five horsepower continuous with 14 hp at its peak. The ride on this is smooth due to carefully designed suspension system, which utilizes split suspension dual hydraulic shocks for bumpier conditions. Self-adjusting rack-and-pinion steering allows you to focus on where you’re going while getting intuitive steering control. If you’re living in a high humidity area of coastal region, this is a good choice because it really fends off rust .

Pros:

  • Street legal
  • 2 passenger
  • 23 miles an hour speed
  • Advanced, on-board diagnostics
  • Rack-and-pinion steering
  • 48-volt battery
  • 30 miles on one charge
  • 4.5” ground clearance
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Headlights, brake lights, turn signals

Cons: 

  • Bench seat
  • Lighter frame may not be easy to control in high wind conditions
  • Limited capabilities – not the best choice for uneven terrain

Final Thought: This is a solid performer for tooling around town and around the golf course with superior  safety features in a street legal golf cart that is nearly impervious to rust.

4.6 Stars

Club Car Onward 4

You’re getting a lot for the price with this electric golf cart. It’s backed by the Club Car name, just like the Villager 2, but it’s a four-passenger model and has some added comfort features that make this an awesome ride. The focus here is more on luxury than safety, but it still meets all needed safety regulations. The automotive-grade rear suspension and double rack and pinion steering give you a ride as close to a car as you’ll find in a golf cart. The list of comfortable and luxurious options with this golf cart are impressive and include custom leather interiors in various shades and several vibrant paint jobs as well as upgraded padding on the seats and an upgraded canopy.

Pros:

  • Street legal
  • 4 passenger
  • 19 miles an hour speed
  • Rack-and-pinion steering
  • 4.5” ground clearance.
  • (6) 8-volt batteries
  • 30 miles on one charge
  • 4.5” ground clearance
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Headlights, brake lights, turn signals
  • Rear-facing passenger seats are fully covered by the canopy
  • The rear-facing seat has built-in storage cooler
  • Many customization options
  • LED headlights
  • Comfortable, split seats for both front and rear
  • Lots of customization options for color and upholstery

Cons: 

  • Limited safety features
  • Slower at 19 miles an hour
  • Limited capabilities

Final Thought: This is a luxury golf car that’s more about traveling around town in style with friends. You can tuck some snacks into the cooler and make a lovely afternoon of it.

4.8 Stars

Yamaha Drive 2 PTV

The Yamaha Drive 2 is billed as a Personal Travel Vehicle rather than a golf cart. This is because the focus is on being a more versatile vehicle than other golf carts. You have independent suspension, more rugged wheels, and higher ground clearance. You can get the Drive 2 in twelve colors ranging from Atomic Flame to Moonstone, so there’s a shade for every taste. The focus here is on a larger electric motor for getting up inclines and having the power for uneven terrain, which they do very well. The distance range is relatively standard, so it holds its own in quite well. Yamaha’s strength is in its dependability and the ease of getting parts and repairs. You’ll also discover lots of places to stash sweaters, keys, drinks, and other items, indicating car designers had some input into the design.

Pros:

    • Street legal
    • 19 miles an hour speed
    • Rack-and-pinion steering
    • 5.5” ground clearance.
    • (6) 8-volt batteries
    • 30 miles on one charge
    • 4.5” ground clearance
    • Standard safety features

 

  • Headlights
  • Steel frame for strength

 

  • Expanded capabilities
  • 4-year limited warranty

Cons: 

  • Slower at 19 miles an hour
  • Relatively new to electronic golf carts
  • Transparent and easy-to-understand warranty

Final Thought: You’re getting an electric golf cart backed by one of the most dependable auto manufacturers. This is a versatile cart for off-road travels.

4.4

Our Pick

While we realize our pick is higher priced than the others, we had to go with this one for a few reasons. The first and most important is safety-related. The Club Car Villager 2 LSV has the most safety features of any of our chosen electric golf carts, and this is one of those things you just can’t ignore. It has everything required and more, and each feature surpasses minimum standards, so your chances of injury are slim. Next, the Villager 2’s advanced diagnostics allow you to keep abreast of any potential problems, so you aren’t caught unawares. If you rely on your golf cart for transportation, this is a feature you definitely need. Finally, the top speed of 26 mph is rare in a street-legal electric golf cart, and we didn’t see it in any of the others we checked out. With all this, it’s still comfortable and attractive. Kudos to Club Car for not skimping on the important stuff. We also love the rust- and corrosion-fighting aluminum frame, which is perfect for picnics on the beach or weekends camping near wetland bird sanctuaries.

Highly Rated

Also by Club Car, the Onward 4 Passenger is a true luxury electric golf cart for you and your friends. No detail was forgotten, including an extended canopy to protect all four passengers from the sun, an insulated cooler beneath the seat, a fold-down passenger seat for transporting cargo, and various upgrades such as extra-plush leather seats. The seats are more luxurious in the base model, and you’re getting seating for four rather than for two like in the Villages 2 LSV. However, the safety features, while still there, are not as plentiful. You also lose the advanced diagnostics system in favor of a more luxurious, more automobile-like ride. The many available extras can also quickly drive the price up, so if you can end up tacking $2,000-$3,000 more to the base price depending on the extras you choose. If you enjoy a luxury ride for weekend concerts and evenings out with friends, this is an appealing option.

Best Value

The Yamaha Drive 2 PTV has an attractive base price for an electric golf cart that’s targeting a market sector looking for a vehicle that will work for the golf course, quick trips into town, and exploring the back forty in the county. This cart has higher ground clearance, a sturdy frame, independent rear suspension, and lots of thoughtful touches like USG ports that take this rugged cart seamlessly from work to the coffee bar with no problem. Yamaha’s warranty makes this an even better deal.

Summary

Your first step in choosing an electric golf cart is determining how and where you’ll be using it. The next step should be test-driving several models. Pay attention to how it handles, how comfortable the seats are, whether you can easily reach all the controls, etc. Also, consider whether you’ll need space for passengers. The right electric golf cart for you is the one you’ll use regularly, not the one that sits in your garage most of the year.

 

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