Yamaha Drive Fleet Golf Cart Review

    Yamaha Drive Fleet Golf Cart Review

    Key Highlights

    price

    Starting at $7,982

    power

    Electric, Gas

    speed

    15 mph

    condition

    New, Used, Refurbished

    Yamaha Drive Fleet Golf Cart Review

    Since 1887, Yamaha has been a name of innovation and integrity. They have been providing their customers products that spread a wide variety of industries from musical equipment to power sports equipment. They can be regarded as pioneers for the advancement of technology.

    The first golf cart by Yamaha was introduced in the US market in 1978 well after the market had initially started. It was named the G1 and it worked via a 2-cycle gas engine. In 1979, Yamaha introduced their first electrical golf cart and from there the journey began.

    The Yamaha Drive Fleet continues the long standing tradition for Yamaha. They have introduced electronic fuel injection into their gas models which has helped significantly reduce the noise created by their gas engine. Still not as quiet as electric, but definitely an improvement. Yamaha definitely leads the pack in the best performing gas golf cart by a decent margin with Club Car not terribly to far behind. A nice feature is their rain drain system that allows for water to filter through the struts versus streaming off the back off the roof onto your bags.

    In terms of suspension, depending on your tires, the ride will vary. It is impossible to perfectly align the front end leaving a ride that can feel unresponsive at higher speeds. Going back to tires, the higher the profile on the tires, the better ride you will experience. With the Drive fleet unit, the standard tires are 8” and do not provide a whole lot of added comfort to the ride.

    On the electric golf cart side, Yamaha does not have much to brag about since they are not experts in this field. They are experts in engine building and not electrical components. They have developed an AC Motor system that utilizes a 2.6 Kwh motor which is pretty standard compared to other similar models. They do not have an auto locking brake however with their AC motor. Since it is a small motor, the top speed is limited to 15 MPH, so do not expect to be zooming down the street at blazing speeds.

    If living in a small gated community, the electric Yamaha Drive Fleet is a good fit and is limited on its overall range. If intended to be used in communities that offer great distances that can be travelled, then it may be wise to take a look at the gas version of the Yamaha and not worry about range.

    The one downside of a Yamaha in comparison to an EZGO is there limitations on color offerings from the Manufacturer. Not to worry though as most dealers offer custom paint jobs if that is something you are looking for.

    Pros

    • Quiet Gas Engine
    • Strong brand identity
    • Consistently innovating

    Cons

    • Limited standard colors
    • Limited experience with electric vehicles
    • Limited Electric Motor Performance

    Specifications

      Gas EFI AC DC
    FRAME HybriCore™ Chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat. HybriCore™ Chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat. HybriCore™ Chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat.
    BODY Mold-in Polypropylene color for White and Beige Color. Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane. Mold-in Polypropylene color for White and Beige Color. Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane. Mold-in Polypropylene color for White and Beige Color. Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane.

     

      Gas EFI AC DC
    POWER SOURCE Yamaha-built, 357 cc, low-emission single cylinder 60° incline OHV 48-volt AC Motor 48-volt DC Motor
    FUEL SYSTEM Electronic Fuel Injection - -
    HORESPOWER (KW) 8.5/11.4 hp (KW/RPM) 6.7 hp for 60 minutes 3.5 hp (2.6 kW) for 30 minutes
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Starter/generator 48-volt 48-volt
    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE) - Standard: Six 8-volt Trojan T-875 Batteries with HydroLink Watering System Standard: Six 8-volt Trojan T-875 Batteries with HydroLink Watering System
    SPEED CONTROLLER - NEOS 350 amp AC controller by Toyota Industries Corporation Yamaha-built 270 amp DC controller
      Gas EFI AC DC
    SEATING CAPACITY 2-Person 2-Person 2-Person
    SPEED 15 MPH (24 km/h) 15 MPH (24 km/h) 15 MPH (24 km/h)
    STEERING Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion. Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion. Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion.
    FRONT WHEEL SUSPENSION Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension
    REAR WHEEL SUSPENSION QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC, Drive2 DC and Drive2 Carb: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers. QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC, Drive2 DC and Drive2 Carb: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers. QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC, Drive2 DC and Drive2 Carb: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers.
    BRAKES Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes

    Specifications

    FRAME

    Gas EFI

    HybriCore™ Chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat.

    AC

    HybriCore™ Chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat.

    DC

    HybriCore™ Chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat.

    BODY

    Gas EFI

    Mold-in Polypropylene color for White and Beige Color. Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane.

    AC

    Mold-in Polypropylene color for White and Beige Color. Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane.

    DC

    Mold-in Polypropylene color for White and Beige Color. Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane.

    POWER SOURCE

    Gas EFI

    Yamaha-built, 357 cc, low-emission single cylinder 60° incline OHV

    AC

    48-volt AC Motor

    DC

    48-volt DC Motor

    FUEL SYSTEM

    Gas EFI

    Electronic Fuel Injection

    AC

    N/A

    DC

    N/A

    HORSEPOWER (KW)

    Gas EFI

    8.5/11.4 hp (KW/RPM)

    AC

    6.7 hp for 60 minutes

    DC

    3.5 hp (2.6 kW) for 30 minutes

    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE)

    Gas EFI

    N/A

    AC

    Standard: Six 8-volt Trojan T-875 Batteries with HydroLink Watering System

    DC

    Standard: Six 8-volt Trojan T-875 Batteries with HydroLink Watering System

    FUEL CAPACITY

    Gas EFI

    22.0 liters (5.8 U.S. gal)

    AC

    N/A

    DC

    N/A

    SPEED CONTROLLER

    Gas EFI

    N/A

    AC

    NEOS 350 amp AC controller by Toyota Industries Corporation

    DC

    Yamaha-built 270 amp DC controller

    SEATING CAPACITY

    Gas EFI

    2-Person

    AC

    2-Person

    DC

    2-Person

    SPEED

    Gas EFI

    15 MPH (24 km/h)

    AC

    15 MPH (24 km/h)

    DC

    15 MPH (24 km/h)

    STEERING

    Gas EFI

    Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion.

    AC

    Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion.

    DC

    Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion.

    FRONT SUSPENSION

    Gas EFI

    Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension

    AC

    Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension

    DC

    Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension

    REAR SUSPENSION

    Gas EFI

    QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers.

    AC

    QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers.

    DC

    QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers.

    BRAKES

    Gas EFI

    Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes

    AC

    Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes

    DC

    Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes

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    COMFORT7
    RELIABILITY8
    PERFORMANCE7
    VALUE7.5
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    author- Caleb Amundson
    Caleb Amundson is a professional in the Golf Cart Industry with 8+ years experience and has held positions in a Golf Cart Dealership such as a Service Tech, Sales Manager, and General Manager. In addition, he has also worked as a Regional Sales Manager for an OEM in the Golf Cart Industry.