Electric car enthusiasts have struggled for years with “golf cart” jibes and only recently with cars like the 2011 Tesla Roadster and 2012 Nissan Leaf has the “ugly and slow” image started to disappear.
In Florida, there’s a different problem – people who believe their golf carts are actual cars. So many people are using the cars to pop out for groceries that golf cart dealerships are doing a roaring trade.
Unsurprisingly, the increased number of carts on the roads isn’t without its problems. Golf carts aren’t technically road legal – they lack the headlamps, taillights, brake lights, licence plate lights, turn signals, seat belts, mirrors, parking brakes, windshield wipers and the horn required on all road legal vehicles. That’s quite a list and converting a cart into a LSV or “low speed vehicle” can cost over $1,000.
With a top speed of only 25mph the carts certainly aren’t suitable on regular