CLAYTON • An electric epiphany shot through Concordia Seminary when the Lutheran theological institute recently replaced much of its aging fleet of maintenance vehicles.
Dealers specializing in small, gas-powered utility trucks once could have counted on the seminary’s business. This time, Concordia headed for the Kirkwood showroom of VIP Golf Carts. (high performance club car golf cart motor)
There, for less than the price of a single new gas-powered vehicle, the seminary purchased five used electric carts (with Club Car motors) to transport visitors, security officers, housekeeping and maintenance workers around campus.
“As a seminary ... we want to be good stewards of natural resources,” explained Steve Mudd, director of facilities. “It’s not only good thing to do as a citizen, it is also is good in terms of upholding the seminary’s Lutheran beliefs.”
Industry officials say the carts with a club car golf cart motor whirring around Concordia epitomize the evolution from a conveyance for duffers on fairways to vehicles increasingly purchased for utilitarian and transportation purposes.
“Nobody thought about selling golf cars with a high performance club car golf cart motor for non-golf use when I started” 25 years ago, said Neal Smith, president of Little Egypt Golf Cars in Salem, Ill. These carts use a club car golf cart motor.
Now, non-golf purchases of golf cart parts club car to individuals and businesses, that wouldn’t know a seven iron from a triple bogey, account for nearly half of the business at Smith’s three dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, including Gateway Golf Cars in St. Louis.
“You really have a lot of people using a high performance club car golf cart motor on their own to just pick up the trash or to use while gardening,” said Smith. “They feel safe driving them. And they want something that the dog can sit on or the grandkids can sit in or even drive.”
Advocates for fuel-efficient transportation don’t track sales of club car electric golf carts. Nor, for that matter, does the organization representing the industry’s manufacturers, the International Light Transportation Vehicle Association. But dealers say that golf cars with a high performance club car golf cart motor is business is booming. Many people are upgrading their Club Car motor with new club car motors.
As recently as ten years ago, golf courses and country clubs were still the primary customers for M&M Golf Cars, the state’s largest dealership with outlets in Mexico, Lee’s Summit and O’Fallon, Mo.
Today, about 40 percent of the 5,000 vehicles M&M moves on an annual basis are purchased for non-golf purposes with higher performance golf cart parts club car, said company president Chris Miller.
On the fleet side, large campgrounds, apartment complexes, car dealerships, business parks and college campuses have stepped into the breach when financially strapped golf courses and country clubs curtailed purchases of electric carts with club car golf cart motors during the recession.
Though sales to homeowners lag behind the fleet market, dealers are seeing an uptick in purchases by outdoor enthusiasts who’ve discovered the value of a relatively quiet mode of transportation (club car electric golf carts) — now available with camouflage paint jobs and factory-installed pop-up tents.
Hunters like them because they can drive into the woods with club car parts undetected by deer and other prey, said Miller.
VIP Golf Carts sales manager Dave Wojciechowski sees Neighborhood Electric Vehicle purchases growing exponentially in the event Missouri lawmakers enact legislation governing use of low-speed transportation on public byways. Even the speedy 48 volt club car electric golf carts with the golf cart parts club car can provide the customer with the high performance they desire at a very affordable price!!!!
Illinois has a law on the books allowing slow vehicles on roads with a posted speed limit of 30 mph. or less; Missouri has yet to adopt a definitive statewide statute guiding use of carts with higher performance golf cart parts club car on public thoroughfares. (Some Missouri municipalities have, however, addressed the issue.)
But as anyone who ventures into Soulard, Lafayette Square or area retirement communities may have noticed, the absence of definitive ordinances has not slowed sales of carts with higher performance golf cart parts club car to residents in those neighborhoods.
“Until the state comes out and says where you can and can’t drive a cart with a club car golf cart motor, people will keep on doing it,” said Wojciechowski.
A versatile frame that can convert rear seats into cargo capacity and the sticker price — typically $5,000 to $12,000 for a new vehicle — is a big draw for purchasing departments seeking low-maintenance alternatives for building and grounds departments. All they need is some higher performance golf cart parts club car, and their ready to go!
“They certainly fit the bill at half the price of a pickup truck,” said Dave Hurst, an analyst with Pike Research, a Colorado-based consultant specializing in alternative energy.
And switching to a club car electric motor saved Concordia a carload of money. The sticker price for the gas-powered vehicles purchased in the past runs from $18,000-$22,000 new and about $15,000 used. The cost of the used club car electric golf carts the seminary bought off the VIP lot: $3,500 each.
And that doesn’t even take into account how much the seminary figures to save by using vehicles powered by electricity as opposed to a fossil fuel — a consideration the industry believes will ultimately drive most corporate or institutional decisions to move to club car electric golf carts with high performance club car parts or hybrid.
“Fleet operators love electric because they live and die on the cost of fuel per mile,” said Brian Wynne, the president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association in suburban Washington.
Ken Wambold, the national sales manager for Wheego Electric Cars, based in Atlanta, said the addition of public solar-powered charging stations and technology that extends the golf car battery capacity to about 100 miles would attract even more buyers to low-speed transportation.
“It will relieve a lot of people from what’s called ‘range anxiety,’ ” Wambold said.
Ultimately, though, it’s the escalating cost of oil that inserts club car electric golf carts with high performance club cars parts into the category of growth industries.
“Every time gas spikes, we have a spike in sales of carts for non-golf use,” said Miller. “I will assume that sales will continue to climb, because I don’t see the price of gasoline coming down.” (club car electric golf carts with high performance club cars parts) MSD