Yamaha Drive2 PTV Golf Cart Review

    Yamaha Drive2 PTV Review

    Key Highlights

    price

    Starting at $9,965

    type

    PTV

    power

    Electric, Gas

    speed

    19 mph

    condition

    New, Used, Refurbished

    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 Personal continues the long standing tradition of for Yamaha. They have introduced electronic fuel injection into their gas models which has helped reduce the noise created by their gas engine significantly. 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 too 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 Personal unit, the standard tires are 8” and do not provide a whole 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 5 Kwh motor which is larger than what E-Z-GO and Club Car are using giving it a great ability to climb very steep hills and provide a little extra get up and go off the line with a higher top speed of 19 MPH. This is an improvement over the Yamaha Drive Fleet version which utilizes a 2.6 Kwh motor. Other than the motor size difference between the electric models, they are predominately the same unit.

    If living in a small gated community, the electric Yamaha Drive Personal 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 E-Z-GO 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
    • Larger Electric Motor for Performance

    Cons

    • Limited standard colors
    • Limited experience with electric vehicles
    • Standard golf cart look

    Specifications

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

     

      Gas EFI AC
    POWER SOURCE Yamaha-built, 357 cc, low-emission single cylinder 60° incline OHV 48-volt AC Motor
    FUEL SYSTEM Electronic Fuel Injection -
    HORESPOWER (KW) 8.5/11.4 hp (KW/RPM) 6.7 hp for 60 minutes
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Starter/generator 48-volt
    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE) - Standard: Six 8-volt Trojan T-875 Batteries with HydroLink Watering System
    FUEL CAPACITY 22.0 liters (5.8 U.S. gal) -
    SPEED CONTROLLER - NEOS 350 amp AC controller by Toyota Industries Corporation
      Gas EFI AC
    SEATING CAPACITY Up to 4-Person Up to 4-Person
    SPEED 19 mph (31 km/h) 19 mph (31 km/h)
    STEERING 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
    REAR WHEEL SUSPENSION QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers. QuieTech EFI: Fully independent automotive-style strut suspension. PowerTech AC: Swing arm with coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers.
    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, electrodeposition 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, electrodeposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat.

    BODY

    Gas EFI

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

    AC

    Mold-in Polypropylene for Glacier 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

    FUEL SYSTEM

    Gas EFI

    Electronic Fuel Injection

    AC

    N/A

    HORSEPOWER (KW)

    Gas EFI

    8.5/11.4 hp (KW/RPM)

    AC

    6.7 hp for 60 minutes

    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE)

    Gas EFI

    N/A

    AC

    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

    SPEED CONTROLLER

    Gas EFI

    N/A

    AC

    NEOS 350 amp AC controller by Toyota Industries Corporation

    SEATING CAPACITY

    Gas EFI

    Up to 4-Person

    AC

    Up to 4-Person

    SPEED

    Gas EFI

    19 mph (31 km/h)

    AC

    19 mph (31 km/h)

    STEERING

    Gas EFI

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

    AC

    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

    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.

    BRAKES

    Gas EFI

    Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes

    AC

    Self-adjusting mechanical, rear wheel drum brakes

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