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Star EV SS 48 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. It is interesting to know that 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 the higher end spectrum models that Star makes is their SS 48-2 and 48-2+2, which we are reviewing here today.
The Star SS 48 is a nice step up from the Star Classic 48. In comparison to other products of this performing variety, the Star SS 48 will have a fair 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 battery voltages. Another nice additive of the SS series is that it has a more appealing appearance than your typical golf cart.
In terms of performance, the Star SS 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. In addition, it has a 10:1 ratio differential which does give it a good feeling for speed.
With a top speed of 19.5 MPH an hour, the Star SS 48 is a fun offering that not only has standard golf car accessories, but also includes some fun options like a color matching roof, chrome side rails and 12” wheels. Also, if you like more speed, the Star SS 48 can be sold as an LSV with a top speed of 25 MPH. Another nice feature are the upgraded seats that are undoubtedly better looking and way more comfortable than their standard seats.
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 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 a golf cart with a little more style 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.