And just like that, another year has passed and more and more people are driving golf cars for countless different reasons. The golf car industry continues to evolve, offering better run time, improved safety features, and flashy, custom accessories. I have reached out to manufacturers and dealers in the industry to put together a quick list of what to look for in 2022.
New Golf Car Manufacturers
Golf cars are a multi-billion dollar industry and new manufacturers are throwing their hats in the ring to get a piece of the action.
Kinetic Green Energy, an India based electric vehicle manufacturer has teamed up with Lanborghini, the iconic car manufacturer, to bring us “beautifully differentiated golf carts.” The new electric vehicles will have the fantastic Lamborghini design we love and include solar panels, commercial packages, and automotive style features.
Garia may not be a common household brand, but among the elite, it is the go-to golf car. Garia is a Danish company that uses European manufacturing methods; however, they have facilities in the US. Known for their luxurious golf cars with high safety ratings and aerodynamic design, Garia will continue to carve out their niche in the luxury golf car market with the addition of new features including their in-dash refrigerator, Mansory accessory options, and automotive headlights. They continue to sign on notable brand ambassadors such as George Strait, Bubba Watson, and Beatriz Recari.
Evolution Cart is a Chinese brand that has set up headquarters in Corona, California and is emerging as an up and coming golf car star. Offering several makes for every function, Evolution Carts come with lithium batteries and a competitive warranty. It remains to be seen if they will gain on the big manufacturers in 2022.
As we progress through 2022, lithium batteries will become the standard for golf cars. Here are the benefits of using lithium batteries over their lead-acid counterparts:
• Lithium batteries weigh significantly less.
• Charging time is half the time of lead-acid batteries.
• Save time with no maintenance lithium batteries.
• Lithium batteries are safer- no more overcharging fire hazards.
• Improved run time makes lithium batteries a popular upgrade.
Whether you are considering upgrading your current batteries to a lithium battery system or purchase a new golf car with lithium batteries, transitioning to lithium is the right move for 2022.
Prices Continue to Rise
High demand and low inventory leads to higher prices- and golf cars are no exception. As golf cars continue to become more popular and the preferred choice in neighborhood transportation, demand is increasing. Supply chain issues plaguing 2021 will continue into 2022, which translates into long lead times and low volume used inventory. The average golf car price has increased by 30% since early 2019 and we expect that number to continue climbing.
In the golf car industry, 2022 will bring some fun news, some not-so-fun news, and hopefully a few surprises.
About the Author: The Founder/Former Owner of WHEELZ Custom Carts & Accessories, Julie Starr, was one of the industry’s first online retailers of golf car products. The eCommerce store, www.WHEELZLLC.com, has served golf car owners since 2008 and remains a popular online shopping experience for golf car owners who want to take their golf cars to the next level.