Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its “Vision Golf Cart” – a luxury golf cart that only weighs 440 kilograms (970 pounds), largely in part due to its carbon fiber roof, rear spoiler and diffuser. Carbon fiber is also used for aesthetics on the cart, as the trim is a combination of leather, wood, carbon fiber and metals.
The Vision measures 92.5 x 47.2 x 67.7 in. In addition to composite construction, the cart comes equipped with all the equipment necessary to drive on an actual road. It has a real automotive design that features turn signals, working headlights, taillights and windshield wipers. It also comes with a built-in refrigerator below the driver seat, a high-resolution touchscreen with apps, and an audio system with Bluetooth.
It’s propelled by an electric motor and has a top speed of just 18.6mph. It has a lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in six hours, and its overall range is 49.7 miles – enough for several rounds of golf according to Autoexpress.
Back in 2013, Mercedes-Benz showed the world what the cart might look like. Mercedes calls the Golf Car a show car, but it seems prepared to make it more than a design concept. Luxury golf car manufacturer Garia will first build two drivable examples of the Vision. Mercedes says it will rely on a largely digital retail model if it does go through with production.
“The vehicle can be experienced absolutely virtually,” says Susanne Hahn, head of Daimler Business Innovation. “This means that wherever customers are in a dealership or on a golf course they can look at the vehicle on a tablet and order it with three clicks.”
To see the car in action, visit http://www.garia.com/a-real-sports-car/.