It turns out that rising gas prices aren’t bad for everyone. One Detroit area business has been able to turn lemons into lemonade by selling highly energy efficient golf carts.
As gas prices rise, the humble golf cart has become the vehicle of choice for many. Lokotar sells golf carts to boat marinas, churches, schools, factories, condo complexes—any place that needs a quick, cheap way to zip around.
Ford and Chrysler have bought carts from Lokotar. So have the Detroit Yacht Club and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, as well as Grosse Pointe North High School and the Barton Malow construction company.
A lot go to factories. “You’re paying a man to go from one end of the facility to the other,” Lokotar said. “Time’s money. If he jumps in that and he goes across, they’re saving big time.”
I expect to see more of this in the future. In fact, I predict Ann Arbor will make the things street legal sooner rather than later. The streets already are full of bicyclists, and I see more and more motor scooters like the Vespa (I really want one of those). It’s only a matter of time.