Electric golf carts are a form of mobility aids that can most often be found in and around golf courses as well as small gated communities thanks to their unique traits and excellent reliability and practicality records.
What Are Electric Golf Carts?
Electric golf carts are also known as golf buggies. Golf carts are small electric motorised vehicles that can be used to transport golf clubs as well as people short distances across golf courses. One of the main advantages and selling points of using an electric golf cart is its speed and load capacity. Golf carts can be used to venture across a Golf course quickly and this greatly benefits those with mobility issues. In addition to this they can carry two people and sets of clubs with some variants offering four or five seats in addition to the load capacity.
Golf carts were originally invented to give users a faster way of getting around a course as well as a means for elderly or disabled players to enjoy the game without risking an injury. Since the invention of golf carts almost seventy years ago the growth of the industry has been rapid with the cart having been bought and sold all over the world.
What Are The Benefits Of Golf Carts Overall
Golf carts have a range of different benefits that their owners can enjoy. One of the main advantages of golf carts is that they can travel across golf courses without damaging the surface. A further benefit of the golf cart is that it is powered by an electric motor which means there is very little costs to running the golf cart as the battery can be recharged and there are no fuel costs.
Electric vehicles also leave less of an impact on the environment and this is important as golf courses are often based in settings with a lot of wildlife and any pollution in these settings is seen as a major negative. Here are some of the main benefits to the electric golf cart summarised-
- Allows for excellent mobility across rough and smooth terrain
- Requires very little maintenance
- Can be driven by virtually anyone providing they are over the age of 18
- Can transport several people or pieces of equipment at once
- Many golf carts are available for affordable prices which opens them up to a wider market of golfers
Has Golf Influenced The Development Of Electric Cars?
It can be argued that golf has actually help to influence the development of electric cars. This is because electric motors have been used in golf carts for over 50 years and have been improved over time. The development of electric motors for cars is of course on a much grander scale. However it is likely that they drew on the success of golf buggies and carts when analysing how this technology could be used.
Whilst electric motors were used in cars over a century ago they were deemed to be a failure and this was not attempted again for many years to come. What is clear is that electric golf carts have overall had a posting and lasting effect on golf and are likely to be seen for many years to come.