Across the world golfers opt to travel around the course in electrical car’s specifically designed to navigate the course fairly quickly without destroying the necessary tranquility and pumping fumes around the course. For some while now, companies have been striving to create similar hi-tech future cars that are fit for the road.
The demand for fully electrical, or hybrid cars has gone through the roof in recent years and as a result, manufacturers have responded with cars such as the Toyota Prius and at the other end of the market, the Tesla Roadster, both of these examples are helping to spur on development of other environmentally friendly cars like the Fiat Eco-Drive.
Well at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, a less well known manufacturer called Garia, have displayed a street-legal electrical golf car so you can combine your leisure activities with your travel arrangements. Nothing could be more convenient for any golfer I’m sure.
The LSV, or Low Speed Vehicle is allowed to travel on public roads throughout the USA which are currently out of bounds for the regular golf carts you may find parked up outside the clubhouse. To ensure it’s legality and more importantly safety on the public roads, the Garia LSV is fitted with equipment such as seatbelts and the appropriate mirrors. In addition to this license plates are also provided.
Anders Lynge, Creative Director of Garia A/S and designer of the vehicle claims, “An LSV is ideal for shorter trips and recreational purposes, and with The Garia LSV it is possible to drive directly from your home to, for example, the golf course. This is something many people will appreciate, and it makes The Garia LSV a unique product”.
Certainly I have never come across such a vehicle before, but the main question that crossed my mind is that are people going to be willing to buy this, most likely an additional car to their primary vehicle, purely for the trip down to the golf club? Personally, I do believe the answer is no. But I do believe that when you get past the golfing idea, what you have is a fairly attractive, handy little city run around that i doubt will cost as much as your average car.
Judging from the photos of the Garia LSV on their website, there seems to be a fair amount of luxury in the car, with leather seats and largely metal interior. The outside though, for me is where the vehicle is let down. It seems like far too much of a novelty to actually sell on a large scale. I know that golf is a sport which is known for having players which enjoy having all the latest gear including electric trolleys and such. But is this a step too far? or is it the future? Is there a place in the market for a combination of golf and motoring? Unfortunately for us internet addicts, it doesn’t look as though this would be a mobile Wifi hotspot car.
We’ll have to wait and see for sure, but unfortunately we’ll have to look across the pond as the car will not be made road legal in the UK and the EU. Only in the states will it be available for anything more than just driving around the golf course.