The History of Golf Carts – And Where They’re Heading.

 You could be an Stenten's dealer, selling on golf cart parts for a long time. Or one of our customers, always on a way out to upgrade his golf cart. What we share is a love for those little gentle-paced machines. It makes our golf much easier. Don’t you love your EZGO or Club Car ?  We feel a pleasure going through picturesque courses in our golf carts. But it was not always that way. At least not 80 years ago. Stenten’s is a company built around golf carts, and we’d be proud to tell you when it all started. Give you a peek into the history of Golf Carts (and also the future).

Merle Williams – and the first Golf Cart

Merle Williams – of Long Beach, California – invented the first Golf cart. Merle Williams was involved in making of electric cars during World War II, which were created due to gasoline rationing. Gaining enough experience in electric cars, he put it to use for golf. And thus, Golf Carts were born. 

 In 1951, William’s company Marketeer officially begin manufacturing of Golf Carts. They were an instant hit! No more were people walking 6-miles on a golf course. It made golf even more popular. But by now Marketeer had competitors. 3 years after Marketeer (in 1954) EZGO was born. Followed by Club Car in 1958, and Harley Davidson in 1963. Anyways, that’s how Merle Williams came around giving the biggest contribution to the golf community. 

The Future of Cars – Golf Carts?

In a essay of 2015, The Harvard Business School, prophesizes instead of Tesla, it would be golf carts that revolutionize the auto industry. It seems implausible at first, but there are many reasons to say so. 

Tesla is said to revolutionize the auto market, with its electric vehicle line-up. But a Tesla costs $100, 000 and up. Almost nobody’s buying it. A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV - in other words, a golf cart for road) costs merely $8,000. You might not see a golf cart going down the highway. But a NEV to travel around an urban city is very much possible. Peachtree City, Georgia already has miles of Golf-cart paths linking the city. McIntosh High school  has a parking exclusively for golf carts. They’ve been adopted in the corners of our round world. It is only time when the whole world catches on. This could be the future of electric cars.

This prediction is a big one. It may or may not turn into reality. But some little changes would be popularity of LEDs (which we’ve extensively covered) and Lithium-ion batteries – as both of them gets cheaper. Both of them are what you might see in the future.

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.

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