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I have my own cart in the works but its on hold due to finances. Time for the big ticket items for it like batteries & tires.

There are basically two versions of this. First is a charging station with large solar panels to charge the entire battery bank. Basically, if you have a 48v cart you could take four 12v panels & hook them into series to get the 48v & feed threw the regular charging plug. Or take two 24v panels hooked in series to charge threw the regular charging plug.

The other is a trickle charge from solar panels on the roof of the cart. This is more of a trickle charge. I would suggest avoiding regular solar panels due to their weight. So that means using the more expensive but less powerful thin film panels.
Using 6v batteries which is the normal for golf carts you use one 12v panel & feed one pair of batteries. You would need three panels for 36v cart & four for a 48v cart.

And yes these systems will also work on the newer 4x4 electric "buggies".

The advantage of the solar on the roof is it will extend the range of the cart as long as there is some sun. Advantage of the solar charging station is never have to burn fuel for a generator to charge the cart batteries.

Normal for quality batteries such as Trojans is 5-7 years. The two big advantages of the electric carts are they are quiet & don't require fuel.

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Some will say the rooftop solar can't be done. Well, solar panels have been going on the roofs of RVs for years.

There is a major retirement community in Florida called The Villages where Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) are legal but must be electric. The main golf cart company there offers solar panels for most models of carts they sale.

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So, what would a 48v charging station cost? You can get 80watt panels for about $150 each delivered & then would need to set them up in series to get 48v & then atleast $200 for a 48 charge controller. So that is about $800 though not a real powerful charging station. But also looking at something good for about 20years.
 
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