Gas or Electric-- Which Cart is Right for You?
"Which is better, gas or electric?"
We receive this question quite frequently from customers who are interested in purchasing a cart. Here's the answer: it all depends on what you want out of your cart and how you plan on using it.
Both types of golf carts make for great recreational vehicles but there are some questions you need to ask yourself before making your final decision on gas or electric.
How often do you plan on using your cart?
If you're searching for a cart you can use for hours at a time, you will likely be better off with a gas golf cart as you won't have to charge it between uses. However, gas carts do (obviously) require gas, so you'll need to make sure you have a steady supply on hand if you're using your cart for an extended trip. On the flip side of the coin, if you plan on using your cart for leisurely drives around your neighborhood, you may want to consider an electric cart as they are a bit quieter than gas powered carts.
Another thing to consider is HOW you plan on using your cart. If you intend to use your cart in off-road conditions, you'll probably want to go with a gas cart. However electric powered carts are equal in nearly every other usage category.
Which "bells and whistles" do you want your cart to have?
Before you purchase your cart, consider any additional features you'd like to have including lights, stereo systems, fans, etc. With an electric cart, the power to run such accessories comes directly from the same power source as the cart itself (which may require more charges between uses).
Gas powered carts still pull power from the battery, however the battery is charged on its own once the gas pedal is engaged. This also means that the battery can be quickly drained if the accessories are not powered down following cart use.
If you're interested in finding out more about the differences between gas and electric powered carts, we recommend checking out this article from The Golf Cart Guide.