Tomberlin E-MERGE E2 LE Review
Tomberlin was started back in 2007 and has had a rocky journey until 2016 as they are back on the top of their game and the E-MERGE E2 LE has been a staple in their lineup for years. It’s not their top of line model, nor is it their entry model. It has enough upgraded features from the SE to make the reasoning to pay for it. The Tomberlin E-Merge E2 LE aligns directly with the brand promise when they discuss “Safety, Performance and Styling.” The unit is outfitted with a slew of standard safety features such as 3-point safety seat belts, 4-wheel hydraulic brakes, and all the headlights, brake lights, and other lighting needs to ensure people will see you driving on the road. It also gives the consumer the option to add a rear facing seat.
As compared to the SE model, the LE unit nearly doubles the controller size to a 450 AMP controller. This allows for much quicker acceleration when hitting the road. This is definitely a good reason to upgrade. However, more acceleration does lead to quicker battery drain. Also, to its benefit, as a standard, all Tomberlins have an on-board charger to make it easier to charge where ever you can find an outlet. With an 8-6V battery pack, there should not be much to worry about though. Check out our article here on battery pack comparisons to understand the difference.
Another tremendous difference is the seating. The seating in the LE is nice and soft and comfy to sit on. If you live in a state with lots of sunshine though, then you may want to consider fabric as these seats will get nice and hot when they sit in the sun for a period of time. Another nice difference is the use of self cancelling turn signals. The LE is also LSV Compliant which means it will have much higher standard safety features and be street-legal in most cases.
With its features, it will be a good to note its steering in conjunction with 12” low profile wheels. It has a sport suspension designed to increase the thrill of driving which means it will be tight steering unless you are in a moving state. This will feel different to the “Cadillac” type feel some other golf carts provide. However, this does provide good reason to upgrade to the next model of Tomberlin if the steering concerns you since one model from Tomberlin includes Power Steering. We recommend test driving them all to see what suits you best.
|E-MERGE E2 LE|
|FRAME||E-Coated + Painted Tubular Steel Frame|
|BODY & FINISH||Injection-Molded High Impact ABS Body & Roof|
|E-MERGE E2 LE|
|POWER SOURCE||5kw, 17HP (peak) AC Drive Regenerative Braking Motor|
|HORESPOWER (KW)||17 hp (peak)|
|BATTERY (QTY/TYPE)||Eight, 6-volt deep-cycle|
|SPEED CONTROLLER||Sevcon 450 AMP AC Controller|
|E-MERGE E2 LE|
|SEATING CAPACITY||Up to 4 Passenger|
|SPEED||Up to 25 mph|
|STEERING||Double Ended Rack and Pinion Steering|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Independent Dual A-Arm Front Suspension|
|BRAKES||4-Wheel Hydraulic Brakes w/Front Disk & Rear Drum|
|PARKING BRAKE||Smart Park™ Electric Parking Brake w/On-Board Override|
E-Coated + Painted Tubular Steel Frame
Injection-Molded High Impact ABS Body & Roof
5kw, 17HP (peak) AC Drive Regenerative Braking Motor
Sevcon 450 AMP AC Controller
17 hp (peak)
(8) 6v Batteries
Up to 4 Passenger
Up to 25 mph
Double Ended Rack and Pinion Steering
Independent Dual A-Arm Front Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Brakes w/Front Disk & Rear Drum
Smart Park™ Electric Parking Brake w/On-Board Override