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Over the last several years, design innovations have transformed the simple golf cart into an electric maintenance vehicle widely used on college campuses, resorts, and outdoor venues. And an increasing number of people use their street-legal golf cart, also known as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle or NEV, in place of a car.

In this post, we’ll address common questions about buying an electric maintenance vehicle or street legal golf cart. Including:

  • What’s the difference between a golf cart, and a NEV or LSV?
  • How far can an electric maintenance vehicle or golf cart go on a single charge?
  • How long do the batteries last?
  • Buying a used versus new electric vehicle
  • Additional factors to consider before you buy

What’s the difference between a golf cart and a NEV / LSV?

There are two main things that distinguish a golf cart from a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV), sometimes referred to as a Low-Speed [...]

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Cold weather can have a drastic effect on all electric vehicles. The colder the ambient storage temperature, the slower the rate of charge and discharge of batteries. In the application of an electric vehicle like GEM, cold weather will drastically decrease the achieved range on a charge.

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Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing celebrated the expansion of their manufacturing capabilities to include the Polaris GEM® product line on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Taylor-Dunn® was founded in Anaheim, CA in 1951 and has been producing electric vehicles for industrial and commercial use in this location ever since. In 2016, TaylorDunn® was purchased by Polaris Industries®, the leading power sports manufacturer with products that include the RZR®, Ranger®, Indian Motorcycles® and GEM® Electric Vehicles.

With the vision of creating a center ofexcellence forelectric vehicle production, GEM® production was transferred from Milford, Iowa to Anaheim. Anaheim will now produce the majority of Polaris electric vehicles and will be the engineering and production center for Polaris’ electric vehicle effort.

“We are proud and excited to welcome the GEM® product to Anaheim and look forward to bringing the strength of these two brands [...]

We know that not all Utility Vehicles are treated equally. However, it’s important to do daily and weekly inspections. If the vehicle is operated under severe conditions, scheduled maintenance should happen m ore frequently. Some examples of severe conditions would be; roads in poor repair and uneven concrete with holes, extreme temperatures, excessive wet areas and all day use. Evaluating your operating environment will help determine your maintenance routine.

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Most utility vehicles use one of these 3 batteries:

T-605 – Low Demanding Applications

  • Comes standard on vehicles
  • Light duty applications

T-105 – Medium Demanding Applications

  • Option on price sheet
  • Most applications require this battery
  • Medium duty applications

T-145 – Heavy Demanding Applications

  • Option on price sheet
  • Very few applications require this battery
  • Heavy duty applications
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