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Is AC the future for Golf Carts

Yamaha Drive AC

This year Yamaha introduced their new Drive AC which runs off of alternating current.  Now this isn’t a new idea since EZGO released the RXV back in 2008.  Both EZGO & Yamaha have both indicated the many advantages of the alternating current motors such better efficiency, greater power and higher dependability but if that is the case what took Yamaha 7 years to release their own version?  When will we see a Club Car Precedent AC?  Is it because the technology is just too expensive to develop?  I think only time will tell. 

Yamaha for many years has been perceived as providing primarily gas golf carts and this new AC motor system on their Drive is a good way to make consumers aware that they are indeed one of the top manufacturers of carts in the industry.  Since EZGO has already released an AC Drive cart years earlier it should be nice to see what the main difference in the two carts actually is as soon as more dealers get them in their shops to service them.

Alternating current is really a great option when it comes to electric motors.  We are carrying the Silver Wolf 4wd system which runs on AC motors and it really does show the power and durability of the motors.  Now, the 4wd system does only run at low speed to provide the additional pulling power that many off-road enthusiasts would require which is a nice feature to have since you wouldn’t need all the wheels turning at high speeds.

As for the Club Car AC drive it would be nice to see if Club Car is currently working on any AC systems but since their IQ system is a solid system and many dealers prefer servicing them I don’t know how well it would be received if it was introduced.

If you are a Yamaha dealer and have had the opportunity to service and see the new Drive AC in the field we would love to know your thoughts so please leave a comment below.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Electric Golf carts VS. Gas golf carts: Which is the better choice?
Gas vs. Electric
A golf cart is a significant purchase, and involves making a critical selection between a gas golf cart and an electric golf cart. Golf carts can make all the difference in your golfing experience but not everyone knows there are different types of carts to choose from. Gas and electric are the two main types of golf carts to enhance your golfing experience. Which cart is right for you? The decision process is similar to what one would go through when choosing between a gas or electric grill, weed eater, lawnmower, or blower. The pros and cons and advantages vs. disadvantages of the two types of golf carts must be carefully reviewed and evaluated before proceeding with a purchase. Here are some comparisons between the two to help you make the best decision for your golfing needs.
To get started, gas-fueled carts need gasoline to operate. On the contrary, electric golf carts utilize rechargeable batteries which will require charging after use. So our first comparison leads us to understand that you can go farther or run for a longer period of time on a gas cart, and immediately use again by simply refueling.  Electric carts, however, can only run so far (dependent upon battery size, typically around 2 hours of continuous use.) You also must wait while they charge before using them again.  I think most would agree that gas wins this debate, but wait there's more.
You'll want to think about the noise your cart will generate, gas carts are much noisier than electric. In addition electric golf carts don't require gasoline and use rechargeable batteries so there are minimal costs when it comes to these types of carts. The main money saver being on gasoline, however you'll also save on routine maintenance such as oil changes.
Although gas prices are at an all time low, the cheapest gas is the type you don't have to buy at all, and of course they are much better for the environment then gas powered carts.  However there is a drawback here, while easy on the pockets and nature they do not pull as much horsepower as the gas carts.  Electric having a 3-5 HP range, while gas carts range between 10-12 HP
Which ever way you choose to go remember just one thing.  Stenten's has the equipment and accessories you need to meet all your customers comfort and sporting needs this golf season!

Golf carts on sidewalks?

Recently the Herald Tribune newspaper covered a story about residents of Manatee County, FL showing their support of a new policy, which will call for an application to be submitted regarding federal or state rights of way to the Florida DOT regarding the use of golf carts on sidewalks.  That’s right, according to the article many seniors have surrendered their drivers license and now wish to change federal laws regarding sidewalks (since they are federally funded) so they can drive their golf carts on them to get to and from the store. I think this will cause major problems if it passes. 

Now don’t misunderstand me I think that seniors should be able to use golf carts to get around but I think they belong on the road and should be street legal.  If we start allowing golf carts to share the sidewalks there would be no way of maintaining that they are kept to a standard that would ensure that they are safe.  We need to keep carts or LSV (low speed vehicles) on the road and subject them to the same standards that we do all vehicles and pass them through an inspection process like many counties are currently doing.

If we allow golf carts to share our sidewalks it will end in tragedy.  If a golf cart runs into a car you may have some scraped paint or even a total cart but if a golf cart hits a pedestrian such as a small child… well that is something that can be avoided by not allowing golf carts to share sidewalks and instead keeping motorized vehicles where they belong on the road.

As always we would love to hear your thoughts and opinions so please feel free to leave a comment or send us a note via e-mail to Steve@Stenten.com


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.