How to Make an Electric Golf Cart Faster

By James Gapinski

Electric golf carts provide a safe, relatively cheap means of transportation around your local course. However, this type of transportation can be unbearably slow if you don't take measures to speed up your cart. Most electric golf carts come with standard equipment designed for moderate power usage. Luckily, you can get these changed out for higher-powered, faster components relatively easily. As indicated by, a major retailer of quality golf cart parts, "electric golf carts are much easier to modify in terms of performance than gas-powered golf carts."


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Get a new battery to maximize your motor's output. Many electric golf cart motors are designed to work with a range of batteries; the voltage range is typically printed on the motor or available in the golf cart's manual. By selecting a new battery closer to the voltage maximum, you can dramatically increase your electric motor's RPMs.
Step 2
Get a new electric engine if simply getting a better battery is not an option. A new engine may be necessary if you check the labels on your engine and find that it is already utilizing the highest voltage possible. Engine upgrades can be performed at a local golf cart mechanic for the cost of the engine and a nominal fee.
Step 3
Change the gear system on the cart to a system with a higher ratio. Typically, electric golf carts have a standard 8:1 gear ratio, but switching to a gear ratio upwards of 12:1 will increase your speed. However, before you take your cart to a mechanic for gear swapping, keep in mind that your cart's ability to pull heavy items or go up steep hills will be compromised if you switch to a higher ratio for faster speeds.
Step 4
Remove clutter from the cart's undercarriage to ensure the best speeds possible. Always be sure to remove mud and other caked-on debris from the underside of your electric golf cart. While many golfers keep the tops of their carts pristine, it can be easy to forget about the underside of the vehicle.
Step 5
Keep your golf cart's tires properly inflated. Just like with an automobile, poor tire inflation reduces speed. Ideal inflation varies depending on the size of tire your cart uses; the tire itself typically has a label indicating the best PSI for proper inflation.
Step 6
Remove excess weight from the cart. Lighter carts go faster, so take a hard look at the items loaded into your cart and get rid of whatever you don't need. If you keep several sets of clubs in the cart, take out the ones you don't plan on using.

About The Author

James Gapinski is a writer with numerous online contributions, including those featured on, and the Milwaukee City Edition of He is the recipient of the Burrows Award and the Angela Peckenpaugh Writing Award. Gapinski holds a Bachelor of Science in English with a writing emphasis from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

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