Which is best for you?
Here are some misconceptions:
- Electric carts don't get the mileage that gas carts do.
- Electric carts are dangerous going downhill because they don't have the slowl ability of a gas engine.
- Electric carts can not handle hilly terrains.
- Electric carts don't have the acceleration of gas carts.
- Gas carts are more powerful than electric carts.
- Gas carts will last longer than electric carts durability wise.
- Gas carts are cheaper because you don't have to buy a new set of batteries every 5 years approximately.
ALL OF THESE STATEMENTS ARE NOT TRUE!
Gas carts do pollute but the newer carts, with the new federal regulations, are much more eco-friendly. But know, states have started cracking down and banning the use of gas carts in certain areas. You could possibly see restricted use or banned use in State Parks, RV Parks, Neighborhoods, Golf Course etc. Please check before you purchase a gas cart making sure you can use it in all areas that you wish.
If you don't have a reliable source of power for recharging an electric cart, a gas cart is a better option. Recharging electric carts on a generator has the possibility of damaging your charger or cart with the constant surging of power.
Gas carts are not a cheaper choice if you are worried about the cost of batteries every 5 years approximately. True a set of batteries is pricey but when you consider the tune up and maintenance and repair cost each season, reaching and exceeding the cost of batteries is easy and commonly done.
The initial cost of the cart will be greater in Gas than Electric.
If you haven't driven a modern gas and modern electric golf cart, you are probably not aware of the fact that there have been some major changes in recent years!
Most of the changes recently can be found in electric carts. The EPA has driven manufacturers to constantly work to improve the operation and performance of electric carts.New in recent years are programmable 'regen speeds'and top speed all now can be done through hand held programmers.
Electric carts are quieter. They can outperform gas carts in start-up acceleration, downhill slowing (not using brakes), and top speeds in many cases. Electric carts have leaped ahead of gas golf carts!
None of this used to be true with the older types of Electric Carts powered with a series of electric motors powered by 36 volts. Now manufacturers have since gone to a 48-volt system; more volts equals more ride time. The vast majority of electric carts now have very sophisticated electronic controllers that can change the way an electric motor responds.
The range of gas vs electric carts has changed tremendously as well. Electric carts with their new efficient motors can go up to 3 rounds of golf. Running around the neighborhood, farm and hunting land is sufficient for electric cart use. But if you are wanting a work cart, fixing fences etc from dawn to dusk a gas cart is the cart for you.
New E-Z-Go RXVs will go up to 50 miles on a full charge. This is the most common cart that we sell. For more info on this model and others go over to our Cart Info Videos page.
So as you can see all the old beliefs of electric carts are no longer true!