When comparing electric golf carts versus gas, the first and most obvious benefit would be the costs associated with owning and operating an electric golf cart. Gas Golf Carts can be anywhere from five to ten times more expensive to operate, depending on the price of gas and the fuel efficiency of the cart.
To break it down further, it costs about $0.02 per mile to run an electric cart compared to an estimated average of $0.12 per mile to run a gas cart.
Note: The math used to figure out the cost per gallon was based on a 25 mile-per-gallon cart at a cost of $3.00 per gallon.
Another selling point for electric golf carts is that they are emission-free. So in addition to saving the environment, they can also be driven indoors, just so long as you have enough room to drive around.
When running an electric golf cart the focus is all about the battery. By charging all night you can run all day. All you need is the proper battery charger and a standard power outlet to plug into.
Electric golf carts generally last for 30 to 40 miles on a single charge with about two hours of pedal time, and a charge time anywhere from eight to twelve hours.
You can also consider getting a portable charger if you’ll be driving for longer periods, or be away from an outlet.
As you can imagine there is a variety of golf cart batteries on the market that vary in quality and performance. Which means you should know all about golf cart batteries and the maintenance required if you’re considering going electric.
If you’re environmentally conscious, know your driving needs, and would like to save some money, then an electric cart is probably the way to go.
But if your driving is long and frequent and you’ve got some heavy towing to do, then you may want to consider a gas golf cart.
Most of the major manufacturers make both gas and electric models of their golf carts, so whatever you choose you should be able to find what you are looking for. Just be sure to weigh the pros and cons before you decide.