Golf Back to Utility?


On the one hand, driving 18 holes on a golf course demands between 0.8 - 1.6 kWh electric energy depending on the gradient, length and surface of the trail.

On the other hand, the SolarDrive solar cell paneled roof will provide the solar golf car with varying amounts of energy depending on varying factors such as location, weather conditions, time of year and local shading.

Also general maintenance like tire inflation and battery watering will influence the end result. Especially adherance to regular battery maintenance is important (this of course is also the case without solar)

While it is impossible to give a guarantee as to the exact effect of going solar at your location, we can at least present a fairly reliable estimate. Based on 22 years of NASA solar statistics the following table shows the power production of the SolarDrive S2E solar roof as a percentage of the experienced power consumption of an electric golf car driving a typical 18 hole golf course on a flat, medium and a mountanous trail.  To display the extremities we have combined the easiest trail with the best month of the year and the hardest trail with the worst month. The last column shows the overall yearly average on a medium demanding trail.

Click your country name or state name to open a pdf with all the details !

Power production / Power consumption   -  Golf cars

 

Location

Best month

Flat
trail

Poorest month

Mountanous
trail

Yearly average

Medium
trail

North America

Alabama N 125 % 25 % 64 %
Alabama S 134 % 31 % 68 %
Arizona 162 % 34 % 80 %
California North 155 % 25 % 71 %
California Middle 166 % 32 % 81 %
California South 153 % 34 % 79 %
Florida North 137 % 31 % 69 %
Florida Middle 137 % 34 % 70 %
Florida South 133 % 38 % 72 %
Colorado 155 % 29 % 75 %
Georgia 131 % 29 % 67 %
Hawaii 163 % 44 % 89 %
Illinois North 131 % 18 % 59 %
Illinois South 131 % 22 % 63 %
Indiana North 131 % 18 % 60 %
Indiana South 130 % 19 % 61 %
Michigan 134 % 16 % 58 %
Minnesota 132 % 16 % 59 %
Missouri 135 % 24 % 65 %
Nevada 167 % 31 % 80 %
New York 134 % 20 % 63 %
New Jersey 129 % 21 % 61 %
Oregon Portland 138 % 12 % 56 %
South Dakota 150 % 20 % 67 %
Tennessee 127 % 24 % 64 %
Texas North 157 % 30 % 77 %
Texas Middle 141 % 29 % 69 %
Texas South 130 % 30 % 67 %
Utah North 164 % 25 % 75 %
Wyoming 154 % 20 % 69 %
Canada West Vancouver 134 % 11 % 55 %
Canada West Banff Calgary 141 % 11 % 58 %
Canada Central Winnipeg 129 % 12 % 57 %
Canada East Montreal 124 % 15 % 56 %
Canada East Ottawa 125 % 16 % 57 %
Canada East Toronto 130 % 15 % 57 %

Central America

Mexico South West 161 % 57 % 91 %
Bahamas 142 % 40 % 78 %
Barbados 152 % 56 % 91 %
Costa Rica 128 % 43 % 69 %
Dominican Republic 127 % 44 % 75 %

South America

Equador Guayaquil 111 % 44 % 73 %

Europe

Belgium NW 113 % 8 % 46 %
Belgium SE 115 % 9 % 47 %
Chech Republic East 113 % 10 % 48 %
Chech Republic West 111 % 10 % 47 %
Denmark 124 % 6 % 46 %
England S 127 % 8 % 50 %
Finland S 125 % 2 % 44 %
France North 120 % 10 % 49 %
France South 160 % 18 % 68 %
Germany 110 % 8 % 44 %
Greece South 186 % 24 % 81 %
Holland North 124 % 6 % 48 %
Holland South 111 % 7 % 44 %
Italy North 143 % 16 % 61 %
Italy South 172 % 22 % 76 %
Luxembourg 115 % 9 % 47 %
Poland 114 % 8 % 45 %
Portugal 169 % 24 % 77 %
Slovakia East 112 % 11 % 49 %
Slovakia West 119 % 11 % 50 %
Spain South 153 % 23 % 70 %
Sweden 133 % 3 % 46 %
Turkey 165 % 22 % 72 %

Africa

Egypt 171 % 40 % 87 %
Libya 169 % 27 % 77 %
Mauritius 162 % 46 % 87 %
Seychelles 151 % 60 % 93 %
South Africa (Cape Town) 180 % 30 % 83 %
South Africa (Johannesburg) 149 % 47 % 85 %
South Africa (Durban) 126 % 38 % 71 %
Tenerife 164 % 38 % 86 %
Tunesia 167 % 26 % 77 %

Middle East

Dubai 157 % 42 % 83 %
Jordan 168 % 30 % 77 %

Asia

China (Guangzhou) 104 % 29 % 56 %
China (Beijing) 139 % 29 % 70 %
China (Shanghai) 113 % 30 % 59 %
Hong Kong 134 % 34 % 71 %
India (Mumbai) 162 % 55 % 88 %
Japan North 114 % 18 % 54 %
Japan South 127 % 25 % 61 %
Malaysia 118 % 46 % 73 %
Maldives 152 % 57 % 86 %
Singapore 114 % 45 % 67 %
Thailand North 136 % 51 % 77 %
Thailand South 138 % 48 % 76 %
Vietnam North 102 % 28 % 58 %
Vietnam South 130 % 50 % 75 %

Australia/New Zeeland

Australia NE 147 % 45 % 82 %
Australia NW 168 % 46 % 91 %
Australia SE 139 % 29 % 68 %
Australia SW 188 % 30 % 85 %
New Zealand Wellington 142 % 19 % 63 %
New Zealand CK Hawke's Bay 143 % 21 % 64 %
New Zealand Matauri Bay 142 % 23 % 66 %

Pacific

Fiji 148 % 46 % 84 %
Hawaii 163 % 44 % 89 %
Tahiti 146 % 48 % 85 %

 

Disclaimer:

SolarDrive takes no responsibility for the correctness of the basic data obtained from NASA nor for the actual experienced results. The text and figures are presented as a guideline only. The actual result may be influenced by many other factors as well e.g. length of course, battery watering, altitude, time of year, time of day, present weather conditions, local shades (from houses, trees, mountains), tire inflation, general maintenance etc.

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