The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
102 THE CUT F or years, golf clubs have been in the firing line for their supposedly environmentally unfriendly practices. But with the advent of the lithium battery pack that, it’s predicted, will power golf carts from here on in, golf can claim to be going greener on the course. Yes, no more of those awful messy lead acid batteries which last about as long as a pensioner’s backswing. EZGO has combined with Samsung, one of the world’s leading technology players, to produce lithium batteries. As the New Zealand manager of EZGO, Peter Talyancich, tells it with almost evangelical enthusiasm, lithium is the way of the future. “With the lithium battery pack we no longer have to service or clean the batteries and nor do we have to wash them down, which means no acid residue running into storm waters. Also, the longevity of the lithium batter y is 10 times more than that of the existing lead acid battery and the charging time is reduced by two- thirds, which means a sizeable cost saving as well.” Lithium batteries are appreciably smaller – half the size of the conventional lead acid batteries – which translates to significantly lighter carts that do less damage to golf courses. Windross Farm, the venue for this year’s New Zealand Women’s Open, has become the first golf club outside of the USA to acquire carts – 20 of them – operated by lithium batteries. EZGO New Zealand has sold around 50 of the lithium battery carts to clubs here and are currently in negotiations with eight others.
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