Background and Identification
Golf carts allegedly originated in 1932 when the first electric golf cart was manufactured. Golf carts were originally used to transport those with disabilities who couldn’t walk far distances on their own. It was realized that golf carts could also offer useful transportation on golf courses, but they were not widely accepted at first. However, around the mid-1950s, golf carts became a popular vehicle to see on the golf course. Most of these models were electric golf carts. However, gas-powered golf carts that utilize combustion engines have also been manufactured. Generally, electric-powered golf carts are less expensive (and more environmentally friendly) than gas-powered ones.
In order to keep both gas and electric golf carts running smoothly, they require maintenance. Gas-powered golf carts require oil changes as well as various engine replacement parts, such as spark plugs or starter belts. Electric carts require regular charging and eventual battery replacement.
Golf carts do vary in appearance, but they generally all have an open-air cart base with driver and passenger seats. Golf carts also always have wheels under the base, a steering wheel, and, usually, a roof above the cart to protect golf cart users from bad weather. Golf carts are commonly white in color. Some golf carts are allowed to be driven on streets, while others are strictly for use on golf courses.