Star EV Classic 36 Review
Star Electric Vehicles (Star EV) was born by JH Global Services back in 2003 as a entrant into the electric vehicle market. Their primary production of vehicles is small wheeled units that most resemble a golf cart, however they make a variety of models to large transportation units that can carry as many as 10 people at a time. Now, their primary source of manufacturing is based out of China, so you may often hear others refer to it as Chinese made. Most of what is in the market today is Chinese made, however the more important relevance is how they are assembled and whether or not you can get parts. One of their well known vehicle models into the market is the Star EV Classic 36-2 and 36-2+2. 2+2 is just another way of saying four seater.
The Star Classic 36 is as simple as they come. At a new price point, it will typically be the least expensive vehicle on the show floor at a local dealership. It utilizes a 36 Volt system that is comprised of 6-6 Volt batteries. Not a horrible system, however it lacks the power of a 48 Volt System. To understand the difference between voltage system, please see our articles on battery voltages.
In terms of performance, the Classic 36V does not have much to brag about with a 300 Amp controller and 4 HP motor, however those are a tad bit higher than your standard motor and controller package on an E-Z-GO and Club Car. It utilizes its power in a DC setup which is nice since the DC system has been around for so long and many are familiar with it.
With a top speed of 18 MPH an hour and most of the standard accessories golf carts come with, such as folding windshield and battery charger, the Star Classic 36 is pretty much as basic as they come. The concern for these vehicles come after one has owned them for 3 or more years. The body and plastics on the vehicles have been known to age quickly and show poor signs of longevity. In addition, some people have an issue of getting parts since they sometimes have to come directly from China. However, parts issues is usually more of an issue due to the dealer not stocking them versus the manufacturer. All vehicle brands will have an issue at some point and the local dealer should carry most of the parts.
All in all, if you live on a golf course and want something very basic, this is not a horrible unit for the price point. However, if you are going to rely on it for transportation, then it may be best to look elsewhere.