Electric Golf Carts vs. Low-Speed Vehicles - Key Differences You Should Know

September 28, 2023


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When it comes to convenient and eco-friendly transportation solutions, electric vehicles have been gaining popularity. Two common options in this category are electric golf carts and low-speed vehicles (LSVs). Both serve distinct purposes and offer unique features, and understanding the differences between them is crucial for making an informed choice. Carryway, a renowned provider of electric vehicles, offers a range of options in both categories, making it the perfect place to explore these distinctions.

  1. Intended Use:

Electric golf carts are primarily designed for golf courses. They are ideal for transporting golfers and their clubs around the greens, featuring minimal seating and storage space. LSVs, on the other hand, are more versatile and can be used for various purposes, such as commuting in gated communities, neighbourhoods, or even on public roads in some cases. Carryway offers golf carts designed explicitly for golfing and LSVs tailored for wider transportation needs.

  1. Speed and Safety:

Electric golf carts are limited in speed and typically have a maximum speed of around 15-20 miles per hour. LSVs, as the name suggests, can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, and they often come equipped with safety features like seatbelts, mirrors, and lights, making them better suited for on-road use where safety regulations apply.

  1. Seating Capacity:

Golf carts usually have seating for two to four passengers, while LSVs can comfortably accommodate four or more people. Carryway offers LSVs with different seating configurations to suit your needs.

  1. Street Legality:

LSVs are designed to meet specific safety and regulatory standards, allowing them to be used on public roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less in many regions. Golf carts, however, may not meet these requirements, limiting their use to private property and golf courses.

  1. Customization:

While both electric golf carts and LSVs can be customized to a certain extent, LSVs typically offer more options for personalization. Carryway offers a range of customization options for LSVs, allowing you to tailor the vehicle to your specific preferences.

  1. Utility and Cargo Space:

LSVs often come with more cargo space and utility features, making them suitable for running errands or carrying equipment. Golf carts have limited storage capacity and are primarily intended for transporting golfing gear.

In conclusion, the choice between an electric golf cart and an LSV largely depends on your intended use and requirements. If you’re a golf enthusiast looking for a convenient way to navigate the course, a golf cart may be the ideal choice. However, if you need a versatile, street-legal vehicle for daily transportation or recreational use, an LSV from Carryway could be the better option.

As a leading provider of electric vehicles, we offer a wide selection of electric golf carts and LSVs to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re cruising around the golf course or running errands in your neighbourhood, Carryway has the perfect solution to help you embrace eco-friendly transportation with style and convenience.

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The Carryway operation was run very professionally and smoothly and to a very high standard. Their knowledge and attention to detail with the complicated planning and logistics involved were exceptional; they were a pleasure to deal with and I can highly recommend their services.

Rachel Mitchell – Senior Manager for Golf Events, IMG Golf

It has been a delight to deal with Carryway, who were our Official Golf Buggy Supplier for The 2019 Solheim Cup. They combine efficient logistics with a professional approach to every aspect of delivery, and the equipment our event benefited from was both functional and stylish. A big thank you to a wonderful Partner.

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The Carryway buggy was a lifesaver – and that’s no exaggeration! We were racing in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, which is a 45 mins support race just before the start for the big 24hr race. Our garages were about 2km away so getting all our gear to/from the pitlane for the race was made so simple because of the buggy! And it would have taken (the team) ages to get there and back! We are enormously proud of our new buggy and the livery made for it. It helps us stand out and helps raise our profile, not to mention being an essential team donkey.”

Simon Widowson – Event Men

Thank you Carryway for supplying the buggy for us at Chatsworth this year. All went well and no issues at all – it was a definite improvement on the equipment supplied last year by a different company. Happy to use you again for next year .

Daryn Cochrane – Head of Golf & PGA Professional, The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort

Thank you for the excellent customer service that we recently received from Hugh Healy, Carryway Support. Hugh was very thorough and had excellent communications with us regarding our buggy fleet at The Westerwood Resort – nothing was too difficult for him.

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Nick Rushworth – Golf Operations Director, MacDonald Linden Hall

It is a pleasure to work with Carryway, the service and support they provide has been first class. We originally signed up for 14 brand new buggies for one year to sample working with the company.

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