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Mercedes Unveils Solar-Powered ‘Vision’ Golf Cart of the Future
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Vision, which the automaker is touting as the golf cart of the future. Today’s golf carts rarely set hearts on fire with their slab sided minimalistic designs, but the Vision takes Mercedes-Benz design cues and applies them to create a golf cart that is not only sexy, but also green with its solar-powered electric motor.
How did Mercedes-Benz come up with the concept? Earlier this year, they called upon golf and automobile fans from around the world to submit their ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future. The automaker then took these ideas to come up with the Vision golf cart that combines the aspects of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the functionality of a golf cart. For example the diamond grille that is used on Mercedes-Benz cars was incorporated to give the cart a modern face that is unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz.
The golf cart is powered by an electric motor that gets its energy from a battery that is kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof. The vehicle is controlled by a joystick mounted on the center console, which makes it easy for both passengers drive the golf cart.
The Vision Golf Cart features a center console that has a multimedia panel that includes a rotatable docking station for an iPad or iPhone and a USB interface. The multimedia panel can control the air-conditioning system, the head-up display, the music system or communication with the clubhouse and other golf carts.
Other cool features include a retractable lightning rod for added safety in case it starts to rain and a windscreen can be darkened at the touch of a button. The seats are also heated and ventilated in addition to the neck-level heating system that functions as a scarf in colder weather.
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