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History of Golf Carts

Golf carts, in reality, are not carts, as carts "cannot move under its own power." A golf cart is pragmatically powered by an electric motor or a gas engine. One neat feature of a gas powered golf cart that helps differ it from a regular car is that when one takes their foot off of the gas pedal, the engine turns off. "This feature helps save gas, cuts down on emissions, and helps keep the course quiet, too.” Golf carts also have been primed with electric battery motors that can be charged or even energized by solar panels upon the roofs of the cart (source). A golf cart is an LSV, otherwise known as a Low-Speed Vehicle, ranging from about 20 mph to 25 mph. Compared to other LSV's, there is little difference, as they mostly operate quite similarly. That being said, is it possible to modify golf carts to accelerate faster or pick up higher velocity? It is seemingly possible and simple to do so, however dangerous and unlawful. Insurance companies may deny paying for damages and individuals may risk traffic citation (source). 

The golf cart was created sometime in the year 1932. However, it wasn't very widely accepted. Not until the 1950s, when the company Marketeer developed the first electric cart designed specifically for golf. At this time, many courses did not allow the carts, some required to have a physician's note to own and operate one, and these golf carts were still fresh and expensive. The industry grew immensely in the 1970s when companies realized they could manufacture golf carts for basic means of transportation elsewhere (source). The penultimate example in central Florida proving this would be The Villages, as more often than not, residents use golf carts to traverse the area, even as far as having mass cart parking spots and driving lanes. 

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Tesla is building the world's largest battery in Australia

tesla austrailia batteryTesla CEO, Elon Musk says the battery (currently being developed in South Australia) will be "three times stronger than anything else on earth" and will look like something "unearthed from the future."

"The world will look at it as an example... [of] a large-scale battery application for the grid that will  take a significant amount of load,"

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What are batteries?

batteres in boxWhat are batteries? What is their purpose? According to Northwestern University, “A battery can change chemical energy to electricity by putting certain chemicals in contact with each other in a specific way". Batteries utilize the electricity converted to power items such as lights, television remotes, and even cars. There are three main components of a battery, which consist of the anode, known as its negative side, the cathode, known as its positive side, and electrolytes. These segments of the battery keep the flow of electricity through the chemical means of its conversion, with the help of electrons. 

The first battery was invented by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta in the year 1800. This “Voltaic Pile “ was created using discs of copper and zinc, and wet cardboard, producing an electrical current. This was the first “wet cell battery ." Then, in 1836, John F. Daniell invented the Daniell Cell. It lasted longer than the voltaic pile, using copper sulfate and zinc sulfate. It continued to be used within homes for over one hundred years. In 1949, the Alkaline-Manganese battery developed by Lew Urry, which is what is commonly used today.1

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History of Golf Carts

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Golf carts, in reality, are not carts, as carts "cannot move under its own power." A golf cart is pragmatically powered by an electric motor or a gas engine. One neat feature of a gas powered golf cart that helps differ it from a regular car is that when one takes their foot off of the gas pedal, the engine turns off. "This feature helps save gas, cuts down on emissions, and helps keep the course quiet, too.” Golf carts also have been primed with electric battery motors that can be charged or even energized by solar panels upon the roofs of the cart (source). A golf cart is an LSV, otherwise known as a Low-Speed Vehicle, ranging from about 20 mph to 25 mph. Compared to other LSV's, there is little difference, as they mostly operate quite similarly. That being said, is it possible to modify golf carts to accelerate faster or pick up higher velocity? It is seemingly possible and simple to do so, however dangerous and unlawful. Insurance companies may deny paying for damages and individuals may risk traffic citation (source). 

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