Monday, July 19, 2010

Golf Carts Take to the Streets : Prior Art in Lincoln, Nebraska nearly 50 years ago : Arvids Kaulins, Inventor

This AP report hit the news stands yesterday: The Associated Press: Golf carts all the rage in Lyons, Colo..

One of the amazing things about life is how slow the American public has been to get the energy message. It is now 2010 and golf carts are only now taking to the streets?

In Lincoln, Nebraska at the time that I went to high school (1961-1964), my father, Arvids Kaulins, built an electric golf cart which ran on car batteries and we drove it on the streets regularly. In fact, my father often drove it to work and back (about 20 blocks each way on residential streets) -- and on some of those days I thus got to drive our 1957 Cadillac to school, which of course was a great thrill. The Caddy was of course an immense gas guzzler, but it was set off by the minimal energy used by the golf cart.

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