How Does A Golf Cart Work?

By Mark Dayne

Golf carts run on electricity, gas or solar energy. The gasoline that is used in cars is the same that is used in gas powered golf carts. In the case of electric powered models they use battery cells. These battery cells are charged using electricity. They use 110 v batteries to power their batteries. There is the need of charging from 8 to 12 hours for completely charging a drained battery cell in full.

Nowadays, the golf cart manufactures are building more ecofriendly carts that recharge their own batteries by using solar panels that are mounted on the rooftops of carts. For these carts, golfers can park the vehicle in the sun to recharge the battery. This is a more convenient way that allows charging the battery while enjoying a round of golf in a sunny day.

You have to apply the break into place by pressing it firmly before starting a golf cart. Then you have to turn the ignition using the key to start the engine. In some carts there is an additional key that has to be pressed together with the ignition key. You may not be able to hear a sound of the motor running in most of the carts that run on electricity. But when the ignition is on the “on” position it is right to assume that the vehicle is on. Normally, these carts only have two gears provided in it. One Reverse and one forward. You can change the gear into the desired position. After that, gently apply the gas pedal for the golf cart to start moving. There will be a sudden initial jolt on starting. So make sure that you hold on the steering wheel firmly. For stopping, press the brake pedal firmly until you hear a locks sound that indicates that the brake is in a locked position.

Normally a golf cart will not run as fast as a regular car. The maximum speed in forward direction is 15 mph and 10 mph in reverse direction. There are some street legal carts that can run up to 25 mph. The maximum horse power that is available with these carts is 11.4 hp. These carts uses single cylinder low emission engine with positive oil lubrication.

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