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Star EV Magellan Review
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 on 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 Magellan 48-2 and 48-2+2. For your information, 2+2 is just another way of saying four-seater.
The Star Magellan 48 is a nice step up from the Star Classic model since it utilizes an AC motor system which offers a little more power over its DC counterpart. In comparison to other products of this performing variety, the Star Magellan 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 like 6-8 Volts. To understand the difference between voltages systems and how they can affect range, then see our article on battery voltages.
In terms of performance, the Magellan 48 utilizes a 275 Amp AC controller and a 6 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 an AC setup which is nice since it offers better torque for acceleration than a traditional DC system.
With a top speed of 19.5 MPH an hour and more accessories than standard golf carts come with such as LED turn signals and taillights, speedometer and 10” aluminum wheel, the Star Magellan 48 is a nice offering that differentiates itself from other makes and models. Also, if you like more speed, the Star Magellan 48 can also be sold as an LSV with a top speed of 25 MPH. Another nice feature is a standard lockable storage trunk in the rear. A nice addition for those that are using this in local communities for shopping over golf.
From a safety perspective, the Star Magellan 48 has more to boast about than the Classic and SS. For instance, 2-point retractable seat belts are standard and so are turn signal lights built into the standard side mirrors on the vehicle. Making yourself more visible on the street is important when driving next to full-size cars that weight 6-8 times as much as you in a golf cart. In addition, standard 4 wheel hydraulic brakes and a roof mounted brake light add a better safety level. Those are items you will be hard-pressed to find on a standard golf cart from Yamaha, Club Car, and E-Z-GO model.
The concern for these vehicles come 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 issues getting parts since they sometimes have to come directly from China and can be time-consuming to receive. 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 with limited assistance in terms of documentation.