PowerDrive Solar Panel: Drive Your Golf Car Farther

Posted on 05/04/2021 at 12:00 by Seth Hansen

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Golf cars are a fixture of modern golf courses. 


Golf cars allow players to finish more quickly, course owners to turnover more rounds per day, and are just downright fun to drive! 


Increasingly, golf cars aren’t confined to golf courses. 


Golf cars are an effective and popular way to get around communities where golf cars and other Electric Vehicles (EVs) are often the primary means of transportation.


Almost all golf cars were gas-powered in the past, but that has changed steadily over the years. Newer electric cars are far less noisy and more environmentally conscious. 


While battery-powered golf cars have many advantages over a gas-powered vehicle, they need to be charged. This means the vehicle may need to be plugged in during the middle of the day to ensure customers aren’t stranded halfway across the golf course, or you’re not stuck with fussy kids waiting to drive home from the local pool. 


The easiest way to get the most value from a battery-powered golf car is with a portable means of charging and maintaining those batteries. 


That’s where solar can make a difference. 


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Our new product, the PowerDrive Golf Car Solar Panel, is a 150W solar panel that improves electric cars by maximizing their battery lifetime, increasing overall driving distance, and helping the environment in an even more meaningful way.


The PowerDrive Golf Car Solar Panel’s benefits can be broken down into five categories:


  1. Extended Battery Life

  2. Increased Driving Distance

  3. Reduced Charging Cost

  4. Environmental Advantages

  5. Easy Installation


Extended Battery Life

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You might be asking yourself, “How can a solar panel on a golf car increase the battery’s overall lifetime?” That’s a great question! It starts with how lead-acid batteries work. 


Depth of Discharge (DoD) is a crucial factor in maintaining the health of your golf car’s lead-acid batteries. If you are consistently driving deep into your battery’s overall capacity, over time, you will significantly reduce the number of charge cycles and have to replace your batteries more frequently. 


A PowerDrive Panel generates and feeds electricity into your batteries constantly when exposed to sunlight, lowering the DoD. You can expect your charge cycles to increase by as much as 50%. For example, if you could get 1,000 charge cycles from your batteries without a solar panel, you can now expect up to 1,500 cycles. 


Increased Driving Distance


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The power produced by a PowerDrive Golf Car Solar Panel on a typical sunny day is enough to increase driving range by as much as 50%. This increased distance is due to the solar panel constantly charging the batteries. A car without solar is draining batteries exclusively when driving. A car with solar is draining and charging. 


It is reasonable to assume that over an entire workday, a car with a PowerDrive Golf Car Solar Panel could provide at least an additional 5-10 miles while maintaining battery life, dependent on usage (constant vs. rest periods, etc.) This added distance also represents a savings of 50% of the average electricity used in a single day. 


The added distance equals fewer dropped rounds on the course, additional range for utility and maintenance vehicles, less time spent dealing with the hassle of under-performing cars, and extra driving for individuals residing in golf course communities, neighborhoods, and retirement communities.    


Reduced Charging Costs

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If you have a golf car and are driving without a portable means of charging, you constantly pull energy from your batteries without putting any charge back into your vehicle.


PowerDrive generates and feeds electricity into golf car batteries during daylight, even in low-light, saving an estimated 20 percent yearly electrical costs. 


The PowerDrive Solar Panel will not replace your standard means of charging, but it will make conventional charging times shorter and save you money on your electrical bill.


Environmental Advantages

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On average, the PowerDrive Solar Panel creates enough electricity per year to offset over  250 pounds of carbon dioxide production (calculation determined by the US EPA website using 273kWh of power produced by the PowerDrive Solar Panel in one year). 


To make this number more tangible, think of it this way, planting two trees today would take ten years of growth to remove that amount of CO2 from the atmosphere!


Easy Installation

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Many competing solar technologies are large and often difficult to install. The PowerDrive Solar Panel weighs less than 10 pounds and installs quickly, with no special tools. Simple to follow instructions (each step clearly described with helpful diagrams) ensure frustration-free installation. 


Confirming PowerDrive Compatibility

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Let’s make sure PowerDrive is going to work for your golf car. 



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PowerDrive Golf Car Solar Panels are compatible with 48V lead-acid batteries and 48V lithium drop-in replacement batteries (commonly used to convert a lead-acid golf car to lithium batteries). 


If you have a lead-acid or lithium drop-in replacement with a different voltage, please contact us, and we can help source the proper charge controller, so the PowerDrive panel works with your vehicle. 


Golf Car Make/Model

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PowerDrive Panels are compatible with E-Z-GO TXT and Club Car Precedent golf cars. We carry a generic model to fit on a wide variety of golf car canopies.


If you have a golf car canopy and aren’t sure our solution will work for you, please take a photo of the canopy, record the canopy’s dimensions, and contact us. We will happily confirm compatibility on our end. 


Whether you are a golf course superintendent, a golf car owner, dealer, or resident of a golf car friendly community, PowerDrive can help you drive farther and keep your batteries longer!


Are you an individual who owns a golf car?


Purchase your PowerDrive Golf Car Solar Panel today!


Are you a business or golf car dealer interested in outfitting a fleet?

Contact us today, and let’s start a conversation.


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