Star Electric Vehicle Classic 48V Review

    Star EV Classic 48v Review

    Key Highlights

    price

    Starting at $9,499

    power

    Electric

    speed

    25 mph

    condition

    New, Used, Refurbished

    Star Electric Vehicles (Star EV) is owned by JH Global Services and was started back in 2003 as an entrant into the electric vehicle market. Their primary production of vehicles is small wheeled units which most resemble a golf cart, however, they make a wide variety of models from 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 48-2 and 48-2+2. For your information, 2+2 is just another way of saying four-seater.

    The Star Classic 48 is a step up from the Star Classic 36. Its comparison to other products of this performing variety, the Star Classic 48 will typically have a fairly low price point when brand new. It utilizes a 48 Volt system that is comprised of 8-6 Volt batteries. With the power of a 48 Volt system, using 8-6 Volts will give you the best range in comparison to other 48 Volt systems. To understand the difference between voltages systems and how they can affect range, then see our article on voltages in golf cart batteries.

    In terms of performance, the Classic 48 utilizes a 400 Amp controller and 5.5 HP motor, and 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 19.5 MPH an hour and most of the standard accessories golf carts come with such as folding windshield and battery charger, the Star Classic 48 is a nice offering. Also, if you like more speed, the Star Classic 48 can also be sold as an LSV with a top speed of 25 MPH. The concern for these vehicles comes after one has owned them for 3 or more years. Especially if you live in an area with lots of sunlight. 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 getting parts since they sometimes have to come direct from China. However, parts issues are 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 are looking for an inexpensive golf cart and have a reliable local dealer, then this is not a horrible unit for the price point. However, if you live somewhere without easy access to parts, then make sure you have some outlet for repairs or prepare yourself to do it on your own.

    Pros

    • Inexpensive
    • Optional as an LSV
    • Standard DC System
    • 8 Standard Colors
    • 10” Aluminum Wheels Standard

    Cons

    • Parts Availability
    • Inexpensive Design becomes apparent after a few years
    • No standard safety equipment

    Specifications

      Classic 48-2 Classic 48-2+2 Classic 48-4 Classic 48-4+2 Classic 48-6 Classic 48-6+2
    ROOF Plastic (body paint match) Extended plastic (body paint match) Plastic (body paint match) Extended plastic (body paint match) Plastic (body paint match) Extended plastic (body paint match)
    BODY Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic

     

      Classic 48-2 Classic 48-2+2 Classic 48-4 Classic 48-4+2 Classic 48-6 Classic 48-6+2
    POWER SOURCE 5.5 hp DC 5.5 hp DC 5.5 hp DC 5.5 hp DC 5.5 hp DC 5.5 hp DC
    HORESPOWER (KW) 5.5 hp 5.5 hp 5.5 hp 5.5 hp 5.5 hp 5.5 hp
    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE) 8x6 V, Trojan T-105 8x6 V, Trojan T-105 8x6 V, Trojan T-105 8x6 V, Trojan T-105 8x6 V, Trojan T-105 8x6 V, Trojan T-105
    SPEED CONTROLLER 400 A Curtis 1268 400 A Curtis 1268 400 A Curtis 1268 400 A Curtis 1268 400 A Curtis 1268 400 A Curtis 1268
      Classic 48-2 Classic 48-2+2 Classic 48-4 Classic 48-4+2 Classic 48-6 Classic 48-6+2
    SEATING CAPACITY 2-Person 4-Person 4-Person 6-Person 6-Person 8-Person
    DRIVE TRAIN Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio Direct rear drive with 12.49:1 ratio Direct rear drive with 12.49:1 ratio
    SPEED 19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option) 19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option) 19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option); speedometer included 19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option); speedometer included 19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option); speedometer included 19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option); speedometer included
    STEERING Rack and pinion Rack and pinion Rack and pinion Rack and pinion Rack and pinion Rack and pinion
    FRONT SUSPENSION Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock
    REAR SUSPENSION Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock Leaf spring and shock
    BRAKES Rear drum Rear drum Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with hand-activated parking brake Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with hand-activated parking brake Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with hand-activated parking brake Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with hand-activated parking brake

    Specifications

    ROOF

    Classic 48-2

    Plastic (body paint match)

    Classic 48-2+2

    Extended plastic (body paint match)

    Classic 48-4

    Plastic (body paint match)

    Classic 48-4+2

    Extended plastic (body paint match)

    Classic 48-6

    Plastic (body paint match)

    Classic 48-6+2

    Extended plastic (body paint match)

    BODY

    Classic 48-2

    Plastic

    Classic 48-2+2

    Plastic

    Classic 48-4

    Plastic

    Classic 48-4+2

    Plastic

    Classic 48-6

    Plastic

    Classic 48-6+2

    Plastic

    POWER SOURCE

    Classic 48-2

    5.5 hp DC

    Classic 48-2+2

    5.5 hp DC

    Classic 48-4

    5.5 hp DC

    Classic 48-4+2

    5.5 hp DC

    Classic 48-6

    5.5 hp DC

    Classic 48-6+2

    5.5 hp DC

    HORSEPOWER (KW)

    Classic 48-2

    5.5 hp

    Classic 48-2+2

    5.5 hp

    Classic 48-4

    5.5 hp

    Classic 48-4+2

    5.5 hp

    Classic 48-6

    5.5 hp

    Classic 48-6+2

    5.5 hp

    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE)

    Classic 48-2

    8×6 V, Trojan T-105

    Classic 48-2+2

    8×6 V, Trojan T-105

    Classic 48-4

    8×6 V, Trojan T-105

    Classic 48-4+2

    8×6 V, Trojan T-105

    Classic 48-6

    8×6 V, Trojan T-105

    Classic 48-6+2

    8×6 V, Trojan T-105

    SPEED CONTROLLER

    Classic 48-2

    400 A Curtis 1268

    Classic 48-2+2

    400 A Curtis 1268

    Classic 48-4

    400 A Curtis 1268

    Classic 48-4+2

    400 A Curtis 1268

    Classic 48-6

    400 A Curtis 1268

    Classic 48-6+2

    400 A Curtis 1268

    SEATING CAPACITY

    Classic 48-2

    2 Passenger

    Classic 48-2+2

    4 Passenger

    Classic 48-4

    4 Passenger

    Classic 48-4+2

    6 Passenger

    Classic 48-6

    6 Passenger

    Classic 48-6+2

    8 Passenger

    DRIVE TRAIN

    Classic 48-2

    Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio

    Classic 48-2+2

    Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio

    Classic 48-4

    Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio

    Classic 48-4+2

    Direct rear drive with 10.25:1 ratio

    Classic 48-6

    Direct rear drive with 12.49:1 ratio

    Classic 48-6+2

    Direct rear drive with 12.49:1 ratio

    SPEED

    Classic 48-2

    19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option)

    Classic 48-2+2

    19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option)

    Classic 48-4

    19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option)

    Classic 48-4+2

    19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option)

    Classic 48-6

    19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option)

    Classic 48-6+2

    19.5 mph (20-25 with LSV option)

    STEERING

    Classic 48-2

    Rack and pinion

    Classic 48-2+2

    Rack and pinion

    Classic 48-4

    Rack and pinion

    Classic 48-4+2

    Rack and pinion

    Classic 48-6

    Rack and pinion

    Classic 48-6+2

    Rack and pinion

    FRONT SUSPENSION

    Classic 48-2

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-2+2

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-4

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-4+2

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-6

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-6+2

    Leaf spring and shock

    REAR SUSPENSION

    Classic 48-2

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-2+2

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-4

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-4+2

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-6

    Leaf spring and shock

    Classic 48-6+2

    Leaf spring and shock

    BRAKES

    Classic 48-2

    Rear drum

    Classic 48-2+2

    Rear drum

    Classic 48-4

    Rear drum

    Classic 48-4+2

    Rear drum

    Classic 48-6

    Rear drum

    Classic 48-6+2

    Rear drum

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