Golf often requires carrying lots of heavy equipment around. In the absence of a caddy, you may want to consider a golf cart. Whether you’re running a golf club or you’re an independent user who wants their own piece of equipment, you may find that there are advantages to owning an electric golf cart over a gas version.
Electric golf carts are quieter
With a fresh approach to engineering, manufacturers that produce electric golf carts make them as quiet as possible. In contrast, gas versions feature older engines, which make loud noises that may disturb other golfers, as well as local wildlife. If you want your game to remain peaceful, electric carts are the way forward.
Similarly, they’re less likely to pose problems when you’re hunting as their virtually silent nature allows you to sneak up on wildlife. Finally, when you’re living in a community that requires silence, you’re not as likely to cause a disturbance while you enjoy your game.
While there are some petrol-powered carts that feature mufflers, the noise of the engine is almost impossible to silence altogether. As such, if staying quiet is important to you, you might want to avoid purchasing one.
As more people now use golf carts to mobilise around their communities, having a quieter option can work to their advantage. Supported residential homes sometimes have particularly strict rules about noise pollution so selecting a quieter vehicle will allow you to adhere to such rules.
You’ll spend less time maintaining them
Like any piece of machinery, your golf cart will require ongoing maintenance. Electric golf carts require less for several reasons:
- You don’t have to change any oil as they don’t require oil.
- With no spark plugs or starter belts, you have fewer components to replace.
- Electric carts have fewer than 50 moving parts, whereas most gas ones have more than 1000. As such, there are fewer parts you’ll need to repair over time.
- You don’t need to constantly add fuel to an electric cart to keep it moving.
It’s worth noting, however, that you’ll need to replace your cart’s battery periodically. Depending on the type or the brand, battery replacement might take place every eight to 10 years. To prolong the life of your battery, you can take a few steps:
- Make sure you recharge it after each use.
- If you’re not recharging the battery for a while, make sure you recharge it every few weeks.
- Check the water levels in the battery once a month and adjust them accordingly. Doing so will extend the battery’s life.
It’s worth knowing that the cost of recharging an electric golf cart is lower than constantly adding petrol. Again, such costs will depend on the brand, but you may spend as little as $2 each month on electricity. In order to charge your cart, you’ll need to plug it in overnight. Doing so allows you to maximise the battery’s power.
Additionally, the engines an electric golf cart relies on are usually simpler. Depending on your experience as a golfer, or your knowledge of machinery, their simplicity means you may be able to perform repairs yourself. However, you should only do so if you feel confident.
Finally, most electric golf carts benefit from their robust material. In the rare instance that you do bang yours, you may dent the steel or scratch it. In contrast, gas carts often feature flimsier materials, which means you spend more money on repairing and replacing them.
They’re kinder to the environment
When you’re using a gas cart, you’re producing fuel emissions in the form of carbon dioxide. Alongside causing harm to local wildlife, carbon dioxide isn’t conducive to great grass growth. Because of its effect on grass, you may make the green difficult to maintain or play on.
In contrast, electric golf carts don’t require any fuel at all. The lack of fuel means they’re eco-friendly, which makes them appealing if you want to take a greener approach to your game. It’s also worth knowing that if you need to dump your fuel for any reason, the carbon monoxide-producing elements it contains could harm your health too.
Having zero gas emissions also means you can use your cart in more places. Some indoor settings don’t permit fuel-based carts, so you can broaden yourself to more playing areas.
To ensure your cart remains environmentally friendly, always dispose of the battery correctly when the time to replace it comes. Some facilities and clubs will provide specialist recycling services for you.
Depending on the electric cart type, you may find it performs better
One common misconception about electric carts is that they aren’t as durable as their gas counterparts. However, poorer strength only applies when you purchase one that’s 36v. If you aim for a newer model that’s 48v, you may find that you’re aiming for the stronger option. Many players find that their electric carts are just as capable of driving well on hills as petrol versions, and some brands, such as Marshell, are even better.
Thanks to their power source, electric golf carts also start and accelerate faster. With quicker acceleration, you don’t have to worry about potentially losing hours on your game as you move across the course. Similarly, if you are using your cart as a hunter, moving faster increases your chances of catching your prey.
Your life as a golfer becomes more convenient
If you enjoy golfing because you’re looking for ways to relax, you’ll find that an electric cart helps you do so. The convenience that comes with not having to constantly add petrol or consider the cost of doing so is unparalleled. Additionally, as you’ll spend less time maintaining it, you don’t have to worry about arduous upkeep.
With less harm to the environment, cost-effective upkeep, a quieter game, and a more convenient life as a golfer, there are lots of advantages to owning an electric cart. Providing you recharge your battery sufficiently, you’ll enjoy a golfing experience that’s as good as or even better than the one you have with a petrol version.