Yamaha introduces first EFI golf cart
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Smoother acceleration, better cold starts, a quieter ride and a greener footprint on the golf course are just some of the advantages of Yamaha’s new Electronic Fuel Injection golf carts.
An eco-friendly alternative to traditional gas golf carts, the EFI model offers what Yamaha says is the greenest gasoline-powered golf cart available with the industry’s smallest carbon footprint.
“With EFI being in automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs and all these products that Yamaha builds, it was pretty easy for me to . . . say, ‘Listen, why don’t we look at this in a golf cart?’ ” said Tom McDonald, president of Yamaha Golf-Car Company. “Three and a half years ago I asked the question, and here we are.”
The EFI was introduced as a standard feature for Yamaha fleet golf carts in November.
Yamaha’s EFI golf carts use seven sensors, from air temperature to shaft angle, to determine the amount of fuel to inject for smooth acceleration. Yamaha says that other benefits include better mileage, less exhaust emissions, a smoother and more responsive acceleration, the removal of the choke and the elimination of the need to re-jet to compensate for higher altitudes.
McDonald said a lot of consumers are tired of worrying about the third and fourth years of their electric-cart lease and whether their batteries are going to make it. As a result, McDonald said many customers have made the switch from electric to gas.
“With our gas carts, we’ve got purchases that have been in fleets for 10 years,” McDonald said. “They just don’t trade them out.”