Gas Powered, Lead Acid Battery, or Lithium-Powered Golf Cart; Which one Should You Buy?
Are you having a hard time deciding which golf cart model to buy? It happens to everyone—well, most of us. A golf cart should offer comfort and serve a practical purpose at the same time. This is good to keep this in mind when shopping. Additionally, you’ll want to include issues like local restrictions, usability, and unforeseen expenses, in your decision-making. Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) can sometimes be mistaken for golf carts. Even though they could function similarly, it’s recommended to use a golf cart instead—for good reason. So, how do you know which one to go with?
Types of Golf Carts
Golf carts are broadly divided into push/pull, electric, gas, and remote-controlled carts. These different types represent the power mode of the golf cart. For instance, an electric golf cart will depend on electricity to power the motor. For this article, we will focus on electric and gas-powered golf carts.
- Gas-powered golf carts
As the name suggests, these are golf carts that rely on gasoline for power. Everything from propulsion to lighting is enabled with the help of gasoline. Just like regular motor vehicles, they are characterized by loud engine noises and require much attention to maintenance. The good thing is that most of these gas-powered golf carts are street legal.
- Electric golf carts/battery-powered
On the other hand, an electric golf cart functions by plugging into a charge point and taking electricity from the grid. The electricity is stored in rechargeable batteries. Essentially, two main batteries can be found in an electric golf cart. These are lithium-based and lead-based.
- Lithium-ion batteries (Li-Ion)
Li-Ion technology is fairly new in batteries. Thanks to innovation, the technology has proven to be more efficient than its counterpart – lead-acid batteries. With features such as low discharge rates and high energy density, these batteries are perfect for golf-cart use. The downside is that their initial cost can be more expensive than lead batteries.
- Lead-acid batteries
Lead-acid batteries were invented in the mid-1800s, and since then, they have been used with different electric motors. As opposed to Li-Ion batteries, they have high discharge rates and low energy densities. This means on a full charge, they won’t hold enough energy, and they drain faster. Even though they will charge more quickly than Li-Ion batteries, the charge won’t be reliable.
What to Consider When Buying A Golf Cart
- Type of golf cart
Going with type as your primary concern, your options are somewhat flexible. For instance, at Luxe Electric Car, we have options to customize golf carts. However, choosing between the two types above, you have to consider several factors. There are pros and cons of each golf cart type. More so, the following factors are tied to the type of golf cart.
- Local legal restrictions/requirements
If you live in a certain neighborhood, there could be restrictions barring you from using a certain type of golf cart. For instance, there are areas where you aren’t allowed to use a golf cart on the street. Also, some areas have speed limits that are higher than what the golf cart supports. To ensure you’re compliant with the law, make sure you purchase a golf cart that doesn’t violate legal requirements.
- Initial purchase cost of the cart
What’s your budget for the golf cart? Is it within range to afford an electric or gas-powered? Having a budget helps you narrow down to fewer options. Furthermore, you need to consider also if the price you pay to the dealer gets you a complete golf cart. As such, go for the most affordable option that has more pros than cons.
- Noise produced
Gas-powered golf carts produce more noise than the other cart types. If noise is a concern to you or your neighborhood, you can opt for an electric cart. Keep in mind that the more comfort you require, the higher the expense.
- Range on a single charge or full tank
It’s unlikely that you will be driving your golf cart for long distances off the golf course. However, to be on the safe side, consider this when purchasing the cart. Different golf cart types have different ranges depending on several factors. Even though most of these factors are within your control, some aren’t. Thus, liaise with the dealer for a cart that can cover more mileage on a single charge or refill.
- Servicing requirements
Maintenance and servicing could get costly depending on the type of golf cart and the usage. This will include oil and tire repairs. If you find that you’re constantly repairing or changing your golf cart components, the servicing becomes expensive in the long run. Before you make the purchase decision, consider this.
Finding the Right Golf Cart for You
Comparing the different options you have and considering all relevant factors, makes it easier for you to choose. We have seen that gas-powered carts are strong, while electric carts are more convenient for the environment. Also, factors like your budget can confine you to a certain golf cart. Therefore, deciding on which golf cart to purchase could depend on what boxes you ticked. If you find decision making difficult, we can help you by providing an expert opinion. Visit us at Luxe Electric Car in Palm Springs, and we will be happy to help.
LUXE Electric Car is the only Luxury, Custom, Electric Golf Car manufacturer in the Coachella Valley.
Not only does LUXE Electric Car Custom Build them right here in the desert, but their showroom, located at 74-125 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, is open and ready to help you decide what style, and extras you want for your next new golf cart.
As one of the leading electric golf cart companies in the United States, they are also the trailblazers for innovation, including the power plants. Seeing the future in power shifting from Lead Acid Batteries to Lithium, LUXE Electric Car can not only fit your new car with batteries that need no maintenance, a warranty of five years and change life of up to 100 miles between charging, but they can retro-fit existing carts with Lithium Batteries.
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