Starting at $9,500
25 mph (if LSV)
Star EV Sirius Review
Star EV (owned by JH Global Services, Inc.) arrived on the scene in South Carolina in early 2000. In 2004, they made a bold entry into the golf cart and small electric vehicle market due to the expanding area of green technologies and the incredible growth of the Baby Boomer market turning into retirees living on or near golf courses. Overall, the market was ripe with opportunities for ecologically-friendly solutions. To build upon their reputation, Star EV has unveiled the Sirius line – which is an immersion into the luxury electric golf cart for personal and commercial use.
One of the prime attractions of the Sirius line is the inclusion of many features normally presented as buyer options at a price that mirrors the cost of a plain-jane beige golf cart (you know the kind). With a long list of standard features, the Star EV Sirius line of vehicles deliver a lot of extra accessories and features without an extra cost. For example, LED headlights offer both daytime running lights and high beams for night driving. Those LED headlights are linked up to the safety oriented self-cancelling turn signals. If you have an extra concern for flair and safety, then you will be happy to know there are LED turn signal indicators built into the side mirrors as well.
When we get to the seating area, it is nice to know that these seats are a step above your standard golf cart seat by providing more comfort than the average cart. In addition, the seats also include a nice adjustable back, providing an additional layer of personalized comfort. Storage is excellent, with a lockable, lighted glove box and an electric-operated trunk that includes a built in cooler for ice and beverages that can be drained after each use. Yes, you may want to re-read that last sentence – the front trunk can be used as a cooler! Additionally, the Sirius boasts a console with ambient dash lighting that creates a color display screen that shows a speedometer, the current gear, battery power and access to both 12-volt and USB charging outlets.
Driving is made easier thanks to rear drum brakes, both a low and high power setting at the flip of a switch, a race-inspired chassis with double wishbone suspension, tires mounted on custom rims and a 5.4 AC motor that takes hilly terrain in stride. This performance is due to the Sirius sports eight six-volt batteries that can drive this vehicle 60 miles on a single charge. While it claims to 60 miles on a charge, we highly recommend you do not push it to those limits. For more information, please read our informative article on batteries.
So, now what are the drawbacks of a fully stacked vehicle worth of features? Well, conventional wisdom indicates that the more accessories you have means more items that may need to be repaired in the future. That’s the same with any golf cart and product you buy. With that mind, make sure you are working with a golf cart dealer you trust and as an extra added precaution, check to see if they have the parts in stock to fix your unit – whether it is under warranty or not. Having a reputable dealer to work on your unit when trouble strikes makes all the difference – especially when the manufacturer is offering a 4 year warranty.
The design team for the Sirius line of golf carts wanted to provide an electric vehicle that had features comparable to an automobile and they have fully delivered. With all the included features, one would think the options list would be small, and it is. Buyers can select an optional custom color paint job, add a back-up camera (the color display is already compatible with that), a battery filling system and a scorecard holder. A real highlight for options is the ability to have any of these vehicles come as an LSV – which makes the Sirius completely street legal and capable of a top speed of 25 miles per hour.
The Sirius model can be ordered as a two-passenger, four-passenger unit 2+2, a 4 passenger unit with 4 forward facing seats, and a 4+2 (the +2 indicates it has a rear seat). In addition, any and all units can have a lift kit installed if you are wanting that look. Standard features are the same over the entire line. With Star EV maintaining a stable brand for many years, the many advantages and no-extra-cost features are going to draw considerable interest from buyers – whether they plan to use their vehicle on the golf course or as personal transportation. That wide appeal seems to validate the marketing slogan, “Get Sirius.”