Electric Golf Carts: The Future of TransportationJune 8, 2015
In recent years, it has become clear that electric vehicles are the future of transportation. When it comes to electric vehicles, electric golf carts are at the forefront of the transportation innovation. Traditionally, golf carts have not been widely used for everyday transport because they can’t drive far, go very fast or haul nearly as much as other vehicles.
With that being said, there are some situations in which electric golf carts are ideal, such as in golf communities and on college campuses. For short trips, golf carts are more desirable than cars. They don’t have tailpipes, which means they don’t create tailpipe or noise pollution. They’re slow, too, which makes them safer for use around pedestrians. In addition they’re cheap to purchase, charge and maintain.
What Sets Electric Golf Carts Apart
Small-format electric vehicles, such as electric golf carts, are increasingly replacing full-size, combustion-powered vehicles in congested big cities. Large vehicles are not only difficult to navigate and park on busy streets; they also have a constant start/stop cycle that shortens the life of critical parts such as the engine and starter motor. Meanwhile, golf carts are small and easier to park and navigate. In addition, they improve their performance in constant stop/start environments because they are made to function best on short trips. Additionally, they are exempted from many congestion taxes because they emit no tailpipe pollution.
The Future of Electric Golf Carts
Electric vehicles and utility vehicles are growing larger, increasing their hauling capacity and adding capabilities such as garbage compaction and dumping mechanisms. Each improvement made brings these vehicles closer to the minimum performance standards of the least-demanding mainstream customers. As time progresses, we can expect to see these products continue to improve. Features that would be difficult to engineer today, such as power steering and air conditioning, could become standard in the future.
Of course, the critical limitation preventing electric golf carts and other vehicles from disrupting the lowest end of the traditional automobile market is battery performance. Even the most technologically-innovative batteries require regular charging, and they can wear out from incessant use. Still, battery costs are declining every day. It’s only a matter of time before a new battery type comes out that will help the golf cart leave its four-wheeled competitors in the dust.
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