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Speaking of green activities, an increasing number of people are learning that electric golf carts are a great way to get around their neighborhoods without using any gasoline. The electric carts are fun to drive and they will go as much as 30 miles on an overnight charge.
Golf cars owe their existence to Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) standards that were quietly approved by Congress in 1998. The legislation went largely unnoticed until it was recently clarified -and publicized- by the Department of Transportation. Under the NEV rules, golf carts only need lights, turn signals, windshields, and related safety features to be used in towns. The little vehicles must also have controllers which prevent them from going faster than 25 mph. However, many controllers have been known to mysteriously fail after the little cars are purchased.
The trend in golf car styling is to spoof so-called "real cars." There is a mini-Hummer, a Mercedes Bents, a Rolls Royal and several variations of roadsters and famous race cars. But the most popular golf cars have a Calypso look complete with fringed tops and wild colors.
A good way to learn more about golf cars is to log onto http://www.gemcar.com, the website for the leading manufacturer, Global Electric Motorcars, a division of Daimler-Chrysler. Additional golf cars from a variety of makers can be seen at http://www.golfcars4u.com/streetlegal.htm.
Whichever way you go, a nice NEV will set you back from $5,000 to $9,000. That's not a lot to pay for a sporty little vehicle that can replace a much more expensive "gasser" for many urban trips.