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April 24, 2019

Electric vs Gas Golf Carts:

Which is Better!?

It’s the age-old question: which is better, gas golf carts or electric golf carts?

If you’re here and wondering, it’s more than just a black and white answer! There are several things to consider when determining “which is better” because in actuality, one’s not necessarily “better” than the other. The process of picking out a golf cart carries with it a load of subjectivity, but drilling down to the specifics of how you plan to use your golf cart may surprise you in your final decision! Below are some key points of interest when evaluating gas and electric golf carts:

E vs G: SERVICE & MAINTENANCE

Basic upkeep and long-term service needs differ between electric and gas golf carts, but generally speaking, electric golf carts require attention more frequently than gas golf carts.

How Much Water Should I put in My Batteries?

The majority of electric golf carts in the market operate on deep cycle battery systems. There are some exceptions to that as of late, but we’ll get into that later. Your batteries require periodic monitoring to ensure each one has enough distilled water, and we recommend checking the water levels at least once every 3-4 weeks. The routine may vary depending on usage and time of year since the warmer months tend to accelerate the evaporation process! Using anything other than distilled water will “contaminate” your batteries’ water. Foreign particles or minerals in other sources can attach to the metal plates inside your batteries. When this happens, it deteriorates battery health and reduces their effectiveness and life expectancy.

Remember, it IS possible to overfill your batteries, and we advise our customers to fill batteries post-charge. During the charging process, the water inside the batteries boils, and if the reservoirs are completely full beforehand, it runs the risk of overflowing. This can also cause your batteries to age prematurely, develop corrosion on and around the terminals and possibly damage the ground below the golf cart.

There are products available that regulate the water levels in your batteries, and it can make the process virtually hassle-free. Let us know if you would like more information, and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Can You Overcharge Golf Cart Batteries?

Yes, it is possible to overcharge your batteries. Overcharging your batteries can cause excessive gassing (water breakdown), heat builds, and battery aging. Fortunately newer golf carts come standard with chargers equipped with an auto-shutoff feature helping minimize this window of  possibility. Regardless of whether you have a lithium powered golf cart or a traditional deep cycle lead battery powered golf cart, we recommend charging your golf cart after every use.

On the flip side, undercharging your golf cart is something to be aware of, too. Undercharging your golf cart’s batteries causes stratification which leads to premature aging.

It takes between 8-10 hours for a golf cart with deep cycle batteries to properly charge, and a common mistake among golf cart owners is charging golf carts multiple times throughout the day. This practice can sometimes produce a false charge reading on initial start up because all it does is “tickle” the system. You will likely see a significant decrease on your meter often reverting back to the original charge level within a mile of use.

The upside to living in a technologically advanced society is that significant strides have been made in the golf cart charging process. Since introducing lithium technology the market,

Should I Leave My Golf Cart Plugged in all the Time?

This is a hard NO! Leaving your golf cart plugged in 24/7 is a bad idea. It may give you the peace of mind that it’s “ready to go” at the drop of a hat, but what this does is open up room for a potential disaster. In the event of a thunderstorm, having your golf cart on charge provides a direct route for a power surge to sweep in and catastrophically damage your charger and other major components. OEM items are not cheap, and replacing them would be roughly $1,200 or more before tax. The best practice is to plan for inclement weather whenever possible and unplug your charger from the cart AND the wall after you confirm a full charge.

What Kind of Gas Should I put in my Golf Cart?

Gas golf carts can take regular unleaded gasoline, however, to reduce the progression of build up, ethanol free gasoline is preferable. Aside from that, gas golf carts are practically self-sustainable. What we recommend outside of any unusual performance issues is routine annual maintenance for your golf cart to stay healthy. Keep in mind that new E-Z-GO and Yamaha gas golf carts come with “break in” oil, and it should be changed after the first 10 hours of use. From there, it’s smooth sailing!

E vs G: COST

How Much Does a Golf Cart Cost?

So really, how much does a golf cart cost? Depending on which angle you’re looking at this, whether from a maintenance perspective or purchasing, we will answer the most commonly asked questions associated with the cost of golf carts!

Is there a Blue Book for Golf Carts?

There are no official publications available that estimate the value of golf carts. However, it’s a good idea to search locally for resources that can give you insight on what to expect. Each market is different, but here are some big ticket items to consider during your research:

  • Age of the golf cart
  • Recent service reports if available
  • Age of the batteries
  • Add on accessories

Each golf cart is unique and can vary widely in price. That being said, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples when shopping for your new addition!

What is the Most Expensive Golf Cart?

Customers often ask us this question, so we thought some research on our end would come in handy. Since golf carts are modular by nature, you can expect a glass ceiling when it comes to price. When talking about the most expensive golf carts from the perspective of base builds, Garia, a company based in Denmark, takes the cake. The cost of a base model golf cart can reach upwards of $52,000, and that’s BEFORE tax!

Without taking this “unicorn” into consideration, E-Z-GO and Yamaha golf carts are phenomenal manufacturers that provide a great product at a fantastic cost/value ratio. You can check out our current inventory for either makes by clicking here, or you can further your research by visiting their respective websites.

What is the Best Golf Cart to Buy?

This is always a difficult question to answer because of how subjective it is. Each make has unique features that make it stand out above the others; that’s the beauty of it all! There’s no doubt compromises will be made, however, we always advise our customers to consider all available options when shopping for the perfect fit. You never know what could surprise you!

What Do I Need to Know About Buying a Golf Cart?

The process of finding the right fit for you and your family can be daunting, but putting in the work researching your options beforehand will leave you happy in the long run. Here’s a mock checklist of things to consider:

  • How many people, on average, will be on your golf cart?
    • Children?
    • Extended family?
    • Just a plus 1?
  • How often will you be driving your golf cart?
    • Will it be stored most of the time?
    • Will it be used frequently?
  • What’s the landscape like where you will be using your golf cart most often?
    • Hilly?
    • Flat?
    • A good combination of both?
  • What’s the main purpose of your golf cart?
    • Primary mode of transportation?
    • Utility work?
    • Recreational use?
  • Is long range important, or will you mostly be close to home?
  • How important is towing power?
  • Are you able to forecast a change in routine for your golf cart in the next few years?
    • If so, what will that be?
  • What differences between new and used golf carts are most important to me?
    • Value vs. Price

When picking out the right golf cart, color and style should always come last. Peachtree City presents a wealth of variety in its layout, and the most practical golf cart is the one that often times is overlooked because of the bright bells and whistles. Golf carts are an investment, and having the right answers to critical questions will help you maximize its potential!

Should I Buy a New or Used Golf Cart?

It’s completely up to you! When buying a new golf cart, you can rest peacefully knowing you have a factory warranty. Buying a used golf cart will save money, but the probability of having an active warranty attached is slim. This comparison is just one of many to consider when evaluating options between new and used golf carts to purchase, but what will help make the process easier is emphasizing what you believe to be the most valuable features, tangible or intangible. Remember there are risks involved in purchasing a used golf cart, but if you’re considering going that route, be sure to ask questions about battery health, service history, and anything critical to its long-term reliability. The good thing about buying from a dealer is that usually they are knowledgeable about each used vehicle, so if you have any questions, they will likely be able to answer them with accuracy.

How Much Does it Cost to Charge Your Golf Cart?

Surprisingly, the annual cost of charging your golf cart is comparable to what it costs to run a fan in your bedroom. Deep cycle battery powered golf carts take between 8-10 hours to complete a full charge cycle, and with newer chargers coming with an auto shut off mechanism, it will conserve power once the cart has completed its charge. Some key notes to consider before, during, and after charges:

  • Dedicate one power outlet to your golf cart
  • Avoid using extension cords when possible
  • Unplug your charger from the wall and the golf cart after charging. Leaving it plugged in opens risk to power surges and potentially damaging the charger and your cart.
  • Always store your charger in a cool dry area
  • Allow your cart to complete a full charge. Charging your cart for an hour or two will not suffice
How Much Gas Does a Gas Golf Cart Use Monthly?

Talk about efficiency. Gas golf carts typically have a 5 gallon tank, and taking into consideration the current market value of gasoline, you can expect each fill up to be about $12-$18. What about fuel economy? Scroll down to the endurance section for a side-by-side comparison with electric golf carts!

E vs G: ENDURANCE

How Long Do Golf Carts Last?
How Long will a Golf Cart Last on a Full Charge?

First, it takes between 8-10 hours for a golf cart with deep cycle batteries to properly charge, and this typically takes place overnight for use the following day. With the introduction of newer technology in the last several years, range has taken on a whole new meaning!

In 2016, E-Z-GO unveiled the Freedom TXT 72 Volt golf cart, and it has gained in popularity. Unlike its 48 volt predecessors, the 72 Volt has a range capable of 60 miles or more per charge compared to the Standard TXT and Freedom RXV which yield roughly 25-30 miles each per charge.

Why Does My Golf Cart Die so Fast?

This is a great question! There are several things to consider when addressing the effectiveness of your cart’s batteries as they relate to performance like battery age, payload, usage, accessories and charging habits.

The age of your batteries also plays a significant role in why your run time is short. Believe it or not, even top-of-the-line Trojan golf cart batteries have a lifespan! On average, the life of a set of batteries is between 3-5 years, and if properly maintained between routine services, you may be able to squeeze a few more years out of them!

Consider an 80-100 minute discharge rating awesome. What this reflects is the potential continuous runtime of your golf cart, however, certain variables will cause this to fluctuate minimally or drastically depending on the circumstances. Here are some examples:

  • A golf cart carrying 4 grown adults will cause it to expend more energy than one adult and 3 children
  • Having several after market accessories requiring power will draw from your batteries, and running them continuously will drain them even quicker

A common mistake among golf cart owners is charging golf carts multiple times throughout the day. This practice can sometimes produce a false charge reading on initial start up because all it does is “tickle” the system. You will likely see a significant decrease on your meter often reverting back to the original charge level within a mile of use. Remember, deep cycle battery systems require roughly 8-10 hours of continuous charging for them to perform properly.

In short, be mindful of how you’re using your golf cart, and if there are any minor adjustments you can make to prolong the life of your batteries, now is the time to start!

How Far Can a Gas Golf Cart go on One Tank?

Gas golf carts are built for marathons. To bring it into perspective, 5 gallons can take you 240 miles and beyond. That’s more than enough to run the entire Peachtree City path system twice! Since the debut of Yamaha’s Quietech technology in 2017, gas golf carts have become more and more popular because of their reputation for longevity and range.

What is the Most Reliable Golf Cart?

Regardless of whether you choose an E-Z-GO, Yamaha, Club Car, Star, Par Car, VOLT, whatever, you can definitely expect that little thing called “The Human Element” coming into play at some point. Remember that reliability is a reflection of proper maintenance and care, so being mindful of the simple things that keep your golf cart running smoothly and nipping minor issues in the bud early will reaffirm your confidence. If you experience anything unusual to the routine performance of your golf cart, call your service provider and ask questions!

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