Learn About Solar Powered Golf Cart Maintenance Tips for Max Battery Life

More and more golf courses and neighborhoods use electric golf carts powered by solar energy. These clean electric cars eliminate emissions during transportation by taking energy from the sun. Nevertheless, a solar-powered golf cart needs regular maintenance to provide reliable service for many years. The “secret” to improving the lifespan of your solar golf cart is to give acute attention to battery maintenance.

  • According to research by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the lithium-ion batteries commonly used in today’s solar carts can lose up to 35 percent of their capacity in the first three years without proper care.

For years, SuneCarts has been dedicated to providing our customers with premium solar-powered golf carts that deliver reliable, eco-friendly transportation. Our carts harness clean energy from the sun to get you around the course or community emission-free. But like any vehicle, proper maintenance is critical to ensuring your SuneCarts solar electric golf cart provides maximum lifespan and return on your investment.

In this blog, you’ll find some simple battery maintenance best practices to help your solar cart batteries hold a charge for more cycles and give you more miles over the long run.

Check Those Connections

Loose wiring connections are among the most common causes of underperformance in solar carts. When connections between the solar panels, controller, motor, and batteries are not tight, this can disrupt the power flow and drain your batteries prematurely.

SuneCarts recommends checking all cables and connectors on your solar cart every few months. Tighten any loose connections using the wrench of the proper size. This simple maintenance task maximizes power transfer and avoids unnecessary battery drain.

Keep Those Panels Clean

When dirt, dust, bird poop, and other stuff gather on your solar panels, they can’t soak up as much sunlight. This means they can’t charge your batteries as well.

  • A study by EnergySage found that dirty solar panels might lose up to 25 percent of their power capacity.

So, cleaning your solar panels regularly with a gentle cloth and mild cleaner is a good idea. This helps them work their best, giving your batteries the most energy possible.

Inspect Batteries and Terminals

The batteries are the heart of your solar electric golf cart , so check their health regularly. Look for any cracked casing or other visible damage impacting battery safety and performance. Also, the battery terminals and connectors should be inspected for any signs of corrosion that could impede electrical connections.

We advise cleaning any buildup on terminals using a wire brush or baking soda solution. Replace batteries that are damaged or no longer holding a proper charge. Well-maintained batteries will endure 2-3 times more charge/discharge cycles over their lifespan than neglected units.

Monitor Tire Pressure

Low air pressure of the tires causes more rolling resistance between the car’s tires and the road. This leads to the motor working extra, which results in the battery using more energy to move the cart. Keep the tire pressure of your solar-powered golf cart in tune with the manufacturer’s recommendation, which is usually around 25-30 PSI.

A portable tire pressure gauge can be used to check every tire before the game. Proper tire inflation will give you added range and a smoother, safer experience.

Wash and Wax

Although it’s not about the electrical component, it is very crucial to clean and polish the body panels of your solar golf cart. If dirt and dust settle, it can quickly damage the paint, plastic, and metal parts. Consequently, the solar electric golf cart needs some washing and waxing occasionally to repel the weather and make it look impeccable for a long while.

Consult the Manual

Refer to the SuneCarts owner’s manual for your particular solar electric golf cart model for any additional maintenance recommendations from the manufacturer. Following the suggested maintenance schedule and procedures will help keep your solar cart running like new for years of eco-friendly and cost-effective service.

To Sum it Up

The small investments of time and money in preventative maintenance will pay dividends through maximized battery life, avoided repairs, and improved reliability. Well-maintained solar electric golf cart batteries can endure 500-1000 cycles or more, compared to just 300-400 cycles for neglected batteries. Your properly cared-for SuneCarts solar golf cart will avoid unexpected breakdowns and provide years of dependable zero-emission transportation.

So, remember, the “secret” is out – proper battery care is fundamental to your solar cart’s longevity and return on investment. Follow these solar cart maintenance tips to keep your batteries in top shape for the long run. Your solar cart will reward you with reliable performance for years of eco-friendly rides under the sun.

If you have questions about maintaining your SuneCarts, our customer support team is here to help. We’ll provide maintenance advice and troubleshoot any issues to keep your cart running smoothly for years. Contact us for assistance with preventative care to extend the lifespan of your cart.