Gas vs. Electric Golf Carts – Which Is Better?

Often one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make when purchasing a golf cart is deciding between a gas and electric powered golf cart. While both types have their advantages, it helps to think about how you will use your cart, and how much time and money do you want to spend on upkeep. Below are some important factors you might want to think about as you make your choice.

Since electric golf carts rely on battery power to run, a gas-powered cart may be a better choice if you plan to run your cart for hours on end. If you only intend to use your cart for getting around the neighborhood, golf course, or to and from the store and don’t plan to travel much more than 12 – 15 miles or so between charges, electric golf carts are a great choice. For those interested in using the cart for hunting or camping trips, or for those with large families with kids who like to run the cart frequently, a gas golf cart could be a better choice for you with upwards of 200 miles per tank of gas.

Runtime is important, but extras are fun, too! If you plan to accessorize your cart with a stereo, fans, lighting or other features, you may benefit from a gas-powered cart. Gas powered golf carts feature a generator that charges the battery while the gas pedal is depressed. So, when you’re using your accessories while driving your cart, the battery is being charged. Electric carts do not have this feature and run on power supplied solely from the battery-the battery power will deplete until the next time you plug your cart into it’s charging station. But it is important to remember that just like your car, if you leave the radio or lights on and the engine isn’t running, the battery in your gas-powered cart will go dead eventually.

Both types of carts are great for carrying you, some friends, or a light load around the yard. If this is all you intend to haul with your cart, electric carts are a great option and will perform well. While they both look and ride in a similar fashion, if you’re hauling larger loads or regularly tackling more difficult terrain with steep inclines or rocky surfaces, gas-powered golf carts are likely a better solution, as they are 3-4 times more powerful than an electric cart.

Maintenance / Cost
Gas golf carts will require more upkeep with regular oil changes, new air and oil filters as well as refueling costs that will add up. While regular maintenance is required, if done properly and on schedule, your gas golf cart can last a lifetime.

Electric carts are great for those that don’t want the hassle of regular maintenance. Electric golf carts only need to have their battery water levels checked once a month. If cared for properly, your battery can last from 5 – 6 years before they need replacing.

These are just a few things you might want to consider when choosing between gas and electric golf carts. Keep in mind that features, runtimes, horsepower and more can vary depending on the model you choose. If you’re still having trouble deciding which option is best for you, contact us and we’ll be glad to help you out!


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