Every golfer should know the different types of golf carts. However, these days, they are seen in other places besides the golf course. Today, they are seen in airports, gated communities, colleges and universities, large hotel complexes, campgrounds, RV parks, warehouses and even on farms. They are not only being used for personal use, but commercial use as well. While some are used for personal use, others are used for their functionality and utility. Whether for business or pleasure, if you are thinking about purchasing one, you should know the different types.
In general, there are two types of golf carts: electric and gas-powered. Electric are powered by an electric motor. Lead-acid batteries are used and can be recharged by simply plugging them into a standard electrical outlet. Because of their lack of noise and low cost, electric are a popular choice, especially for lighter use. On the other hand, gas-powered golf carts are the cart of choice for heavier use, such as on a farm. Gas-powered resemble small cars and run on gasoline. Gas-powered are usually not as quiet as their electric counterpart and contribute to pollution.
Before you decide on the different types of golf carts, you should know that you can also purchase both used and refurbished. For those on a budget, this may be a good option. You should also be clear on the golf cart’s intended use and driving terrain. For example, will you be driving on flat surfaces or hilly terrain? Will it be used in a warehouse to haul heavy equipment and inventory or is going to used simply to drive around the neighborhood.
Yamaha, Club Car and EZGO are main manufactures of the different types. Choosing the right one, involves knowing the specifications of the various models. It’s a good idea to drive a few different types and manufacturer brands to see what you like. Many types of golf carts are not street legal, but there are several models that are. You can check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles to find what is required in order for a golf cart to be street legal. In most cases, you’ll need a windshield, brake lights, turn signals, headlights, mirrors and of course, seat belts. Street legal golf carts will have a speed limit imposed upon them — either 25 mph or 35 mph.