You have many options when shopping for golf carts and the most commonly used and also the first solution invented was the electric golf cart. Basically an electrical cart is one that is powered by a battery and has an electric motor.
There are many advantages of electrical golf carts but one of the major advantages, besides the fact that it is better for the environment, is that it is not as powerful as the gas driven counterpart. As it runs on electricity you will need to charge the battery before use and it is therefore always advised to have a spare battery that is fully charged in case you have forgotten to plug it in.
The electrical golf cart normally comes in two different types. The cheaper option is actually more of a golf bag on wheels whereas the more expensive and more luxurious version is an electrical car. Depending on your golfing needs and your wallet you can have great benefit from both options.
The Cheaper Electric Golf Cart
As you can see from the picture on the left the least expensive electrical golf cart is basically a normal cart driven by a small electrical motor. On the handle is a small grip that when pressed will make the cart move forward at a steady walking pace.
An additional advantage of this version is that besides not being as hard on your wallet it still let’s you get the exercise of walking around the court but without hurting your back by carrying the heavy golf bag.
Further down in the article I’ll give you a few suggestions as to where you can find some great offers on this type of cart.
Price ranges for this type of cart is about $200 – $400 depending on the brand and whether it is a new or a used model.
The Luxury Electrical Golf Carts
As I mentioned earlier the cart also comes in a more luxurious and more expensive version. You can say that it is actually no longer a “cart” but rather a “car” as it comes with a steering wheel, multiple seats and a roof. You won’t get much exercise from using these but that might actually be part of the “luxury”.
The car models are also powered by an electrical battery but a somewhat larger one of its kind. There are normally four different battery types: 24 volt, 36 volt, 48 volt and 72 volt. The 36 volt and 48 volt golf carts are the most commonly used types and of the two the 48 volt cart will have the greater momentum and power.
Early on the biggest problem of the battery driven golf carts were that the batteries would only last for a few hours of use but these days new technology has greatly improved the range and the longevity. Additionally changing the battery has become really easy and it is therefore always advised to pack an additional fully charged one in the cart.
Price ranges for this type of electrical golf carts are about $1,800 – $8,000 and some of them can cost far more than that.
Where to Look for an Electric Golf Cart
There are lots of places to look for both the cheaper models as well as the more expensive models. I’m not going to go into details about specific retailers in this article – for that I recommend that you visit the Golf Cart Dealers section. But one place that I do recommend that you check out before making your final decision is eBay.
Most of the carts you’ll find there will be used models but some of them have hardly ever been taken for a drive and you can save 30-50% compare to buying a new model so it is definitely worth checking out.