Yes, we do these conversions. There are about half a dozen battery companies out there selling what they call a golf cart battery pack. Most of these are of low quality- long on promises, and short on driving range. We experimented with a couple of these, mostly resulting in quick full refunds at our urging, and we made the vendors make us whole, too.
We have happily settled in on one company, ReLion, which has a solid Lithium offering. They are big in the RV world, too, and came over to golf a few years ago. They had some hiccups in the beginning like the others, but we have worked with their engineering team back East to get things right.
The catch, like most things, is that you get what you pay for. The system is expensive to both of us, we use two of the 48V batteries for requisite range, and it requires some significant rewiring of the golf car. We complete the full system conversion, including harnesses, power assembly, state of charge meter, and dedicated matched charger, and stand behind it with a 7-year MFG warranty and a life-time installation warranty. The whole thing runs about $4500 all-in for your car. Or you can buy most of the kit online and build up the harness yourself, too, and save maybe $600-900, when all is said and done.
This ReLion approach, compared to a new RXV Elite with the Samsung system with 8-year warranty, has found some happy acceptance in the market. But if you want the very best, we can happily upgrade you.
The middle ground approach is a used RXV Elite with a 3-year battery warranty from EZGO / Samsung.
You have options! Let us know how we can help.
Icon is the latest re-branded golf car kit from a Chinese company called LV Tong.
The LV Tong/ Icon kits are shipped 24 to a container and bolted together in the US. These are not US made golf cars. Unfortunately, LV Tong has sold many brands into the US since 2004, switching to Icon in 2019, but each car faces unknown quality issues and the previous brands have been orphaned without US parts, service, or dealer network.
Pohle NV Center has available a single point battery filling system which makes the process of filling easier. (approx. $200)
A full 3 1/2 minute video on battery filling and maintenance here from US Battery:
To quantify usage, automobiles have odometers, boats and bulldozers have hour-meters.
Modern golf cars have an electronic controller on-board tracking the electrical amp-hours consumed during usage. Amp-hours indicate that electricity is flowing and the car is moving. This is a direct parallel to odometers or hour-meters.
We at Pohle NV Center have decided to publish Amp-hours for each car to give you the very best indication of past usage for your peace of mind.
It is easy for someone to slap a new body on an old golf car and call it good. We hope all golf car dealers offer this same transparency in the years to come.
Amp-hours anecdotal guidelines:
100 amp-hours- Brand new car.
9,000 amp hours- Like new, maybe just used going to the mail box and back.
15,000 amp hours – Prime of life, get it before someone else does.
35,000 amp hours- Nice fleet rebuild, likely offering great value
50,000 amp hours - Getting up there, pretty well used car, better be a good
price. Need a look at the mechanical bits to make sure they are not worn out.
60,000 amp hours – This is a very well used car and it better be priced accordingly. Things are likely going to wear out and need to be replaced soon.
E-Z-GO ELiTE Series vehicles are available with three different battery packs.
The 2.0 is a 60 amp-hour battery pack. The 2.0 pack offers roughly equivalent performance to traditional 12-volt lead acid battery packs and can offer even offer greater range over the 8-year warranty period as the lead acid batteries soon fade in capacity. Most golf courses and our customers choose these 2.0 packs.
The 3.0 pack at 90 amp-hours is recommended for those who want greater range than usual. The extra capacity is useful for folks driving to golf courses more distant from their home or driving in hilly terrain. Dynamic regenerative braking will recapture some of the energy spent climbing hills but having that extra capacity on-board can come in handy for a stop off at the clubhouse on the way home.
The 4.0 pack is rated for 120 amp-hours, suitable for folks who "have a long way to go and a short time to get there." This big pack is overkill for most of us but we are happy to order it up!
Our Fleet Rebuilds are gone through tires-to-top.
We remove the old batteries and cables, apply an anti-acid bath to the battery compartment and repaint the frame as needed. We then install brand new batteries and cables and an anti-corrosion coating on all terminals.
As most Fleet cars are Almond, Green or Ivory, we often remove and replace the entire body with a new or repainted one to offer our customers a wide range of color options. The new factory bodies are, of course, excellent, and the repainted bodies are done locally by a superb automotive body shop and a guy who loves what he does. He custom mixes our special colors and applies a thicker layer of clear coat befitting golf car usage, even better and thicker than the factory. Incidental scratches can generally be buffed out for years to come.
We often install new wheels and tires – 12” or 14” wheel upgrades over the stock 8” wheels, as well as including DOT certified tires.
We also usually include automotive-grade custom seating and fabrics and a new, tinted, wrap-around windshield. If the color palette of the vehicle warrants it, we will swap the tan or white top for a new black one.
Most Fleet cars do not have lighting installed, so we add LED headlights, taillights and turn signals as well as a turn signal stalk, horn and state of charge meter. We do not piggy-back these 12V components off a single 12V battery. This poor practice causes charge and discharge imbalances and shortens battery pack life. Instead, we also install a proper 48V – 12V DC-DC Converter and power the 12V components from the Converter as the designers intended.
We do all that to the base car, and then get to work on options- pin striping, front accessory tray, rear seating (with heavy duty rear-springs included), coolers, club and ball washers, seat belts, and so on, as desired by the customer.
Car rental is an option dependent on availability.
No reservations beyond seven days.
Please stop by to see if a golf car in our used or Fleet inventory would meet your needs.
Fully charge batteries. Fill water to proper level after charge. DO NOT OVERFILL
Clean and dry batteries. Then spray protectant on all terminals to reduce corrosion
Every 30-45 days, the batteries should be charged a minimum of 8 hours (12 hrs if batteries are new) (Batteries slowly discharge in storage, particularly in hot weather) Water level should be checked at about the same interval (30-45 days)
FOR EZGO MODEL RXV WITH DELTA Q CHARGER:
We encourage users to leave the charger connected to the batteries and AC when storing. Once the charger completes to a solid green LED the charger will monitor the battery voltage. Lead acid batteries self-discharge over time and the self-discharge rate increases as batteries age. If the batteries self-discharge and the voltage falls below 2.08V per cell, the charger will restart and perform a charge cycle to top up the batteries.
If the voltage does not drop below 2.08V per cell (50.08V on a 48V system) and there is no activity or interruption to the charger"s AC or DC connections for 30 days, the charger will restart and perform a maintenance charge cycle. Each time a cycle is performed the 30-day timer is reset. This process will continue unless the charger enters an error code situation where the AC power may need to be cycled to clear the fault.
We strongly encourage users to check their batteries and charger periodically during the storage period to ensure the charge hasn"t entered a fault mode and to perform any battery maintenance that is required e.g. watering or cleaning terminals.
Many 36V E-Z-GO golf cars have a vertical meter located to the right of the FNR toggle switch. This meter has 10 LED slots that light up RED one at a time. As the car discharges the reds light moves from F(full) towards E (empty)
When the car is 70% discharged the second light from the bottom starts flashing
When the car is 80% discharged the light at the bottom and second from the bottom alternate flashing
DURING RE-CHARGE THE LIGHTS DO NOT STEP BACK UP -- Only when the auto charger has run through its full cycle will the light reappear at F (full)
Sometimes this requires an extra charge to have the light move to F
See a picture of the indicator - http://www.pohlenv.com/Electric-Car-Care-Tips.aspx#ChargeIndicator
E-Z-GO recommends that the battery state of charge be checked at least once every three months,
particularly at high temps above113 F.
At the high temps, the batteries are best stored at less than a full state of charge (ie: 75%) (do NOT store at a low state of charge ie: 15% or lower). To check the state of charge, turn the key switch to N and look at the meter on the dash. Do NOT leave the charger plugged into the car during long term storage.
The intent of the check up is to avoid damage by ensuring the battery never reaches a very low state of charge. The ELiTE lithium battery can sustain long term storage at high and low temperatures, in most cases better than the existing battery options.
No, seat belts are not required on golf cars whether for street or golf course use.. Pohle NV Center offers retractable seat belts as an optional item.
Beginning in 2009, Maricopa County Sheriff"s Office installed seat belts on golf cars as a community service, but recalled them in 2018 in response to a golf car accident.
In January 2017, E-Z-GO announced the new ELiTE series golf car with lithium batteries activated by Samsung SDI lithium technology. This technology is NOT available as a conversion from an existing golf car with wet lead acid batteries.
The advantages of this new battery system are:
* NO maintenance
* Efficiency - half the charge time because of less energy required
* More than 250 lbs lighter than wet lead acid
* Proven technology used in many other applications worldwide
* Consistent performance - power source will not fade over time
* Five year battery warranty with new car purchase
Car should be charged after every 18 holes of golf or the equivalent (approx. 7 miles)
Check charger ammeter (the meter on the charger itself) OR light indicator to be sure charger has turned on
Charger will be hot to the touch during charging and may run for up to 18 hours before automatic shutoff
It is normal for wet lead acid batteries to gurgle or bubble during charging
The answer depends upon your intended use and personal preferences. E-Z-GO produces an excellent electric and gas golf car. Cost of ownership is not significantly different between gas or electric golf cars.
Benefits of Electric
2. no fumes while driving
3. smooth acceleration
note: the new E-Z-GO ELiTE lithium battery golf car is lighter, more efficient, and no maintenance vs. wet lead acid batteries.
Benefits of Gas
1. greater range / distance (6 gal gas tank)
2. general familiarity with internal combustion engine vehicles
3. less hassle with long term storage (summertime for winter visitors)
Due to increasing environmental concerns and improved technology, electric golf cars are the most popular choice nationally, and used gas golf cars are becoming harder to find in the Valley of the Sun. However, gas cars remain the top choice for some applications. One of the main advantages of gas golf cars is much greater range. For farming and hunting use, this is a big advantage. For this reason, the "trail utility vehicle" category is one that sports a high percentage of gasoline engines.
Be sure to check on regulations in your area: some AZ communities do not allow gas golf cars on the golf course. Newer 4-cycle engines run cleaner and quieter than older 2-cycle engines that burn an oil and gas mixture.
The price of new electric and gas golf cars is very similar as is the cost of operation during the lifetime of the vehicle.
Most modern automatic golf car chargers are turned on (activated) by the DC battery power instead of the AC wall power.
If the golf car has sat unattended for about 3 weeks or longer (or if there is a bad battery or corroded cable) the charger may not turn on when you plug it into the golf car.
Try plugging it in again. Check for loose or corroded cables. Check AC wall outlet or breaker to be sure that a breaker has not tripped in your home panel.
If the charger still will not turn on, it is necessary to get enough charge in the batteries to activate the charger. Charge the batteries individually with a 6V / 12V automotive charger, or Pohle NV Center will loan an old style 36V or 48V charger with timer. (it will activate from AC wall power instead of the DC battery power)
Batteries should be kept free of dirt and corrosion to prevent excessive self discharge. Battery acid will stain a driveway, so wash batteries in an area where a stain won"t matter
It is best to use a mixture of baking soda and water. Cleaning your batteries once a month is a good practice.
Let the cleaner set for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse off with clean water. Be careful not to spray water directly into electrical components like your speed controller.
Placing an automotive drip tray or "Puddle Blocker" beneath the golf car will help prevent stains in the garage.
The answer to this is more about laws, regulations and safety guidelines than it is about horsepower, gear ratio, and rpm.
The USA (ANSI)standards for a golf car used on a golf course is top speed of 12-14 mph.
The USA standards for a golf car (PTV) with lights, top, windshield, and mirror is top speed of 20 mph.
Arizona statute 28-101: ""Golf cart" means a motor vehicle that...has an unladen weight of less than 1800 pounds, that is designed to be and is operated at not more than 25 mph and that is designed to carry not more than four persons including the driver."
Also, in Arizona, if properly licensed, golf cars may be driven on public streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
The USA standards for a low speed vehicle (LSV) ie: the E-Z-GO 2Five, is top speed 25 mph.
Be sure to test drive a golf car to feel its speed and acceleration before spending more dollars for greater top speed. It is very different from an automobile.
Arizona Driving Laws for Golf Carts:
Golf carts--small, four-wheel vehicles used to travel from one part of a golf course to another--can be driven on public roads. Arizona law treats these carts as motor vehicles, requiring drivers to register them and carry liability insurance. In addition, Arizona limits the use of golf carts to roads with a speed of less than 35 miles per hour to comply with federal standards requiring speed limits on these vehicles.
Arizona law requires motor vehicle operators, including golf cart operators, to carry liability insurance on their vehicles. As of August, 2010, minimum liability insurance requirements are $10,000 in property damage and $15,000 in bodily injury. If a golf cart operator is caught driving without insurance, the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend his driver"s license and require him to carry SR-22 insurance for three years.
Federal law says that each state, including Arizona, can make its own laws regarding golf carts only if the golf carts are incapable of exceeding speeds of 25 miles per hour. Thus, golf carts may not be manufactured that are capable of exceeding this speed or modified to go faster than 25 miles per hour. To comply with this regulation, Arizona sets a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour for golf carts and bans them from roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or higher.
The Arizona DMV requires golf cart owners to register their vehicles. Golf carts must have working headlights, brake lights and a horn.
The wet lead acid batteries that are commonly used in electric golf cars DO NOT have a memory.
It is best to charge these batteries with the automatic charger provided with the golf car. These chargers will automatically shut off when the batteries have been fully charged which prevents overcharging.
It is best to recharge when completed using the golf car and after it has a travelled more than a mile. Also when the golf car is not in use, the batteries should be charged about every three weeks.
Correct tire pressure allows the car to roll easier = longer battery life and easier steering
DOT street rated tires max. pressure = 35 psi. Turf tires max. pressure = 22 psi
(DOT = Department of Transportation)
link to shopezgo.com for full explanation and videos of serial number locations
Clean Plexiglas windshield with a soft towel or chamois and water only. If necessary, use a mild soap. Plexiglas can scratch very easily. DON"T USE WINDEX OR ANY ALCOHOL/AMMONIA BASED WINDOW CLEANERS.
For the E-Z-GO model TXT PDS electric golf car (year models approx. 2000 - 2010) there is a chip or plug available that plugs into the controller.
This will increase the top speed from golf course speed (12-14 mph) to Personal Transportation Vehicle speed (17-18 mph)