There are many things to consider when choosing which between a gas or electric golf cart, so we’ll go over the basic differences and determining factors to help you decide which is best for you. Golf carts first came about in the 1930s, designed for the periodic stopping and starting required on the golf course, but they were not commonly accepted and used in the golfing community until the 1950s. Gas-powered golf carts run off a small gasoline engine and electric start setup, while electric golf carts are powered by an electric motor with a set of deep cycle batteries that come with an outlet charger. Fun fact: the first gas-powered golf cart was not invented until the late 1950s, much later than the first electric models!
The real question is, how do you plan to use your golf cart?
If you plan to operate your cart continuously for two hours or longer without stopping, you need a gas-powered golf cart. Electric golf carts typically reach up to 30 miles on a single charge, so you would not have enough power to last for that length of time. You can easily bring an extra tank of gas, but you can’t bring an extra set of batteries. And while our Bintelli Electric Street Legal Golf Carts can handle up to 50 miles per charge with their increased range, even our carts can’t compete with the run-time of a gas-powered vehicle!
If you plan to operate your cart indoors or need a quiet vehicle, you need an electric golf cart. Gas engines emit exhaust fumes and noisy sounds, which makes an electric motor the cleaner, quieter choice. Electric is better for the environment!
Consider how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to. Electric golf carts have less moving parts, making them much easier to maintain with less opportunity for things to go wrong. A gas-powered golf cart requires regular tune-ups, maintenance, and gas purchases to stay in good condition. With electric carts, the biggest maintenance required is for the batteries, which need periodic water level and battery terminal checks. Battery watering systems can be purchased to help keep your batteries watered for longer periods of time, and the batteries will also need to be replaced roughly every 4-5 years depending on their usage and maintenance.
At Bintelli we’ve chosen to focus on electric vehicles and electric golf carts not only to help the environment but to provide an electric option with better range using quality components and built here in the USA. However, both gas and electric golf carts each have their pros and cons that should be considered when determining which one is right for you.
GAS GOLF CART PROS
- Extended range, quick refuel
- No periodic battery replacement
ELECTRIC GOLF CART PROS
- No frequent gas purchases
- Silent running
- No exhaust pollutants
- Easy maintenance with less moving parts
GAS GOLF CART CONS
- Frequent gas purchases
- Emits exhaust pollutants
- Frequent maintenance and more moving parts
ELECTRIC GOLF CART CONS
- Limited range, lengthy charge time
- Periodic battery replacement every 4-5 years