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Old 02-13-2020, 08:59 AM
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Gotta love all the armchair experts!!!!

Doesn't work that way in real time use, fact is never plugged in for 7 years,
an undisputed fact so take your calculations.......
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Gotta love all the armchair experts!!!!

Doesn't work that way in real time use, fact is never plugged in for 7 years,
an undisputed fact so take your calculations.......
A typical 48 volt battery powered golf cart has 8 6 volt batteries, each with a usable energy of about 200 Ahrs (amp hours). That is 1600 Ahrs total which is good for say 80 miles maximum distance (being generous here). A solar panel (today's technology) is about 16 square feet, about the same area as a golf cart roof, and realistically can produce about 45 Ahrs per day under the best sunny conditions. That equates to about 2.1 miles.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:39 AM
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Rather then debate this with people having no practical experience I'll no longer comment.
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The end result of all of the solar panel talk on a golf car is, "its not worth it"
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Thank you. I will try to contact him.
Sorry that I could just give his name maybe if you go out there & see someone outside, I’m positive they would know him he’s a very popular guy in Charlotte. Good luck!
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Rather then debate this with people having no practical experience I'll no longer comment.
Yup, tough to argue with physics. Unless you badly want that extra two miles, this is not a worthwhile investment.
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Yeah, cheap Nuclear/NatGas/Coal power kinda sucks the fun out of solar panels. But if you add in the "Cool" factor of a golf cart as a "perpetual motion machine", it makes solar costs, um, seem worth it. $600 for 200W system...Eh.

The new Kia Optima Hybrid has an optional solar panel roof that can extend the range 4 miles per day. $1100 option for perhaps 1000 solar-power miles per year in Florida. For what TVGC wants for a gussied-up Yamaha, the Kia seems reasonable

Let’s Drive the ALL NEW 2021 Kia Optima with Solar Roof. Is it better than Hyundai Sonata Hybrid? - YouTube
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I have a solar flexible mat I added to my cart , it is easy to wire in and depending on roof style easy to attach , it claims to add 25% to battery life and does help reduce carbon footprint , they are in process of upgrading their product to generate a larger input for the cart
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I have a solar flexible mat I added to my cart , it is easy to wire in and depending on roof style easy to attach , it claims to add 25% to battery life and does help reduce carbon footprint , they are in process of upgrading their product to generate a larger input for the cart
Hi Garwood1; Can the solar charge the batteries while you’re driving the cart, or does the cart has to be powered off for the solar to charge the batteries? Thank you, -myk
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Here is the 180W ENERVOLT system with their Nexus Charge Controller for lead-acid cells. It will be lithium capable in the future. It is programmable via Bluetooth and smartphone app.

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Here is the 180W ENERVOLT system with their Nexus Charge Controller for lead-acid cells. It will be lithium capable in the future. It is programmable via Bluetooth and smartphone app.

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Thank you MorTech... -myk
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More info ENERVOLT

EV Solar Roof

https://assets.website-files.com/5c1...ec%20Sheet.pdf

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Rather then debate this with people having no practical experience I'll no longer comment.
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:40 AM
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Sorry that I could just give his name maybe if you go out there & see someone outside, I’m positive they would know him he’s a very popular guy in Charlotte. Good luck!
Hi OhioBuckeye. If he’s name is Bob using the profile name jimbo2012, then yes, Bob & I were able to message each other. Did he install a solar panel on your golf cart? Thank you, -myk
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