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Unread 12-08-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Capabilities of electric carts on long hill climbs?

Hi all! We just bought some hunting property and looking at buying a golf cart for transportation around the property. We'd really like to go electric but have some concerns about the batteries holding up. The main trail to the rest of the property is about a mile long and raises 1000 ft during the trip. There's no flat area the entire length of the road.

Once you get the first mile over with, it's more hilly but not that severe. During a single day, I figure we'd travel 5-7 miles before back to camp, including potentially two trips up and down the mountain (am hunt and pm hunt). Obviously we could have some loads on the cart, including several people and hopefully the occasional game animal (deer and black bear).

From my research, I've read up on all the upgrades that can be done to get better performance and longevity out of it but I'm concerned the initial climb could be too much of a drain on the system.

Does anyone have thoughts/experience with this? Any thoughts would be very appreciated!

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Unread 12-08-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Capabilities of electric carts on long hill climbs?

I have not had a problem with power or battery ware . I spent a month running up and down large hills on the out skirts of the Appalachian mountains. If anything I had more fear of the brakes going down hill then I had power going up. But I have got a few $$$ tied up in power department(see sig) to make it up most any hill
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Unread 12-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Default Re: Capabilities of electric carts on long hill climbs?

So I'm assuming quality batteries and cables to ensure adequate power and upgrades on the motor and controller to get the power to the ground. But will that long a haul, continually up a steepish grade not pull hard on the batteries?
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Unread 12-09-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: Capabilities of electric carts on long hill climbs?

I have an EZ-GO TXT, not a Club Car. I can tell you that I recently upgraded my batteries from six 8-volts to eight 6-volt batteries (Trojan T-150's) and I hunt in Pa. at State Game Lands 51 which is near Seven Springs ski resort. This is where MOUNTAINS ARE MOUNTAINS, if you get my drift.

Probably the same conditions you speak of, and my cart will make two trips up and down that mountain. Three would be a real squeeze. Also, as the other poster stated, it's the coming down part that will give you a real thrill if you don't have brakes on all 4 wheels. In addition to the factory drum brakes, I have a set of Jakes disc on the front.

BTW, mine is strictly for hunting and is set up for torque. Top speed is about 7mph. Free wheeling on the downhill tho. (Hold on 'cause it can get exciting on a paved road when I drive on those long down hill roads!!)

On regular roads with normal up 'n down hills I get about 12 miles out of a charge.

I hope this helps. (BTW, going with 8-6Volts extended the travel distance about 20%)

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