Yamaha - The Drive
Model: The Drive
Seating Capacity: 2
Top Speed: 14 MPH
Interior Color: N/A
Exterior Color: White
Power Source: Electric
Horsepower: 6 Horsepower
Fuel Capacity: N/A
Oil Capacity: N/A
Drive System: 2*4
Length (Inches): 94
Width (Inches): 47
Height (Inches): 70
Frame: Rectangular Tube
Front Body Style: Injection Moulded Resin
Back Body Style: N/A
Ever since Yamaha Golf Car produced the first G-1 in 1979, the company has been designing and manufacturing reliable and comfortable golf carts that are popular among players, public and private golf courses and neighborhood drivers. Yamaha produces more than 40,000 carts at its Atlanta production facility each year, and it ranks as the third-leading brand after E-Z-GO and Club Car. When it comes to a classic, multipurpose golf cart, The Drive from Yamaha is a solid choice.
The Drive Fleet Golf Car
The Drive is Yamaha’s flagship vehicle, and it was originally designed to meet the demands of 36-holes of golf each day of the week. It is the fleet vehicle of choice for many golf courses across the country. Although the Fleet Car is meant to be purchased or leased in lots of three or more by golf courses and country clubs, it is offered to private owners in both new and used condition.
Golf Car Specifications
The Drive Fleet Car is available in three configurations, depending upon which type of motor you would like: gas, DC electric or AC electric. However, the body specifications for all three versions are identical. The overall length is 94.3 inches while the overall width is 47.2 inches. Without the canopy, the car stands 46.9 inches high, but when it is attached, the height extends to 70.4 inches.
The wheelbase for The Drive is 64.6 inches, and even though the floorboard height is 12.2 inches in all versions, the AC model has slightly more ground clearance at 4.6 inches versus 4.3 inches with the gas and DC motors.
The Drive includes Yamaha’s proprietary HybriCore chassis that features a steel automotive frame attached to a polypropylene floor. The frame has undergone a multistep, full-immersion phosphate treatment for strength and is protected by an epoxy basecoat with a polyurethane topcoat. The body of the vehicle is made of Yamaha’s custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin, which is painted with two coats of lustrous automotive polyurethane in a choice of seven colors: Glacier, Sunstone, Moonstone, Sandstone, Garnet, Emerald or Tanzanite.
Steering is made simple with the self-compensating rack-and-pinion system with permanent lubrication, and stopping is accomplished with self-adjusting rear-drum brakes. The rear suspension is a mono-linkage system while the front uses Tru-Trak II fully independent struts.
The seats in the car are made of fabric-backed vinyl that is bonded to virgin foam with contoured cushions. They are seamless, warp resistant and water resistant and include steel plates for added strength and durability. Finally, both front and rear bumpers are made to absorb energy at up to 5 mph.
The gas-powered model uses a low-emission, single-cylinder, 357 cc engine with 11.4 horsepower. It is air cooled, and electronic fuel injection can be added as an option to replace the Mikuni carburetor.
The DC electric model includes a 48-volt, high-efficiency, shunt-wound Hitachi motor with an internal solid-state tachometer. The motor control unit has MOSFET switching, 270-amp armature output and 20-amp field output. It runs on six 8-volt Trojan T875 batteries, but they can be upgraded to eight 6-volt T105 batteries. The DC engine offers 3.5 horsepower while the AC motor gives you 6.7 horsepower.
The gas and DC models perform equally well. The maximum forward speed is 15 mph while the reverse tops out at 10 mph. The AC model will propel you forward at 14.8 mph but only 5 mph in reverse.
The Drive as a Personal Transportation Vehicle
The Drive turned out to be so versatile that Yamaha recently introduced a new version to serve as a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV), which the company calls a personal transportation vehicle (PTV). The Drive PTV is available in gas and AC electric versions and has a few basic differences from the golf car.
The body of the PTV has a more stylish appearance, but the dimensions are the same as the fleet models with a few minor exceptions. The ground clearance for the gas model is 4.4 inches while the AC version gives you 5.8 inches and a floorboard height of 13.5 inches. In addition to having similar dimensions, the PTV also uses the same motors as the golf car: the 11.4 horsepower gas engine and the 48-volt AC motor with 6.7 horsepower.
Advanced Features and Options
The Drive offers several advanced features that make it an exceptional choice for golf courses or close urban driving, including the following:
- HybriCore chassis – This proprietary chassis is 2.5 times stronger than the average chassis, and it is 20 percent lighter.
- Automotive dash – The dashboard is styled after those in standard automobiles.
- ClimaGuard top – The exclusive ClimaGuard canopy extends from the vehicle to protect passengers, and it includes the only double rain channel that runs 360° around the top to direct water through a clog-proof drainage system.
- Sentry wraparound protection – The car is protected from bumps and scratches by polypropylene side sills and energy-absorbing bumpers.
- Added cargo space – The bag holder is the largest in the industry, and the sweater basket is 39 percent larger than that in older versions of The Drive.
- Premium tires – The four-ply tires on The Drive have deep, effective tread patterns.