Saturday, June 21, 2008

Elton Baum and His "Green" Golf Cart

Elton Baum and his high-performance golf cart.

When gas went over three dollars a gallon in late 2006, Elton Baum decided to do something about it.

"I couldn't keep the price down," he said with a grin, "but I could do something about how much I used. Now, I don't go into town with the truck, unless it's for something really big."

Even a small car uses some gasoline, so Mr. Baum looked around for an alternative.

"About a year ago, I found a golf cart. Trouble was, I couldn't drive it on the roads except in daylight, and in good weather. Makes sense, but I wanted something where I wouldn't be stuck in town, or out here, if it started raining."

Elton Baum's golf cart looks about the same as it did when he got it, except for an extra bar across the back and license plates.

It's what you don't see that makes it special.

Under the seats, ten golf cart batteries take five or six hours to recharge. "Four, if I'm lucky," Elton said. He doesn't use a pedal generator to recharge his cart. "I thought about it," he said, "but … life is too short to spend that much time cycling."

A beefed-up suspension and high-performance motors boosted the golf cart's top speed to about 40 miles an hour, so Elton doesn't need a slow-moving vehicle sign. He does, though, generally wear a motorcycle helmet when he drives. It's safer, but that's not the main reason.

"It gets breezy, driving with no windshield."

4 comments:

machinehuman said...

Not too safe, but nice solution. Driving with no windshield is always fun.

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

machinehuman,

Agreed, on both points.

What surprised me was that this souped-up golf cart could actually exist. Doing some research for this post, I found "8 Volt Golf Cart Battery: The Top Six" (Golf Carts are for Girls) and " Local man builds all-electric vehicle" (news-record.com (June 21, 2008)).

Jamie said...

If gas gets any higher, you may just see me sporting something like this. I wonder if I can get mine in pink with custom rims? (kidding)

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Jamie,

Technology has gotten to the point where electric cars aren't (quite) toys any more.

And, although my guess is that it would be called "coral," some might come in pink.

Or, you could opt for a custom paint job.

Oh, boy: I just thought of some custom rims that could go with that. Thanks for the image.

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