Improve Festival Logistics with Utility Vehicles

June 2013

Can utility vehicles improve the flow of your event? Read below for this month's article on using golf carts and other utility cars.

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Improve Festival Logistics with Golf and Utility Cars
by Ed Pearsall of Cunningham Golf, Sport & Utility Vehicles

Moving people and stuff around in a festival environment can be a challenge, and the larger the land area the event occupies the bigger this problem becomes.

An effective solution for dealing with the on-site festival logistics is the use of golf and utility vehicles. Since most festivals are an annual event, renting make more sense than ownership, especially where many units will be needed.

Let's start with a definition of the types of units that are normally available for event rental. The most obvious is the traditional golf cart. This is a 2 passenger, bench seat vehicle with a small storage area in rear. They may or may not have a top. They may be powered by a small gasoline engine or by a rechargeable battery pack. The electric powered units have the advantage of being very quiet and they do not produce any exhaust fumes. These units are best suited for indoor use, or perhaps around animals. However, the gasoline powered units have a much great operation range than the electrics. Typical gas golf carts can run 150-200 miles on a tank full of gas, and can be filled up and used again immediately. The electric units will only run 10-15 miles on a charge, and at that point they require a 6-10 hour charge, which also means a 110 volt electrical source must be available, one for each unit. Gasoline powered units are the most commonly used type in festivals. Uses for this unit include Parking lot patrols, security, management, and very light hauling.

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