FLEETFIX: Tennessee Golf Trail Electrification Program

Over 650 golf carts have switched from gas to electric, saving $80,000 a year in fuel costs and preventing the release of about 350,000lbs of CO2 per year.

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Fleet Name: Tennessee Golf Trail Electrification Program

Domicile site: State of Tennessee

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Fleet purpose: The electric golf carts are for public recreational use at the state golf courses.

Alternative fuel or technology: Electric

When started: The first batch of 218 gas-powered golf carts was exchanged for all-electric models at courses within Henry Horton, Montgomery Bell and Fall Creek Falls State Parks in 2014.

Funding: Funding was made possible by a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant through the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices.

Leadership: Mike Nixon is the director of Tennessee State Parks golf operations.

Vision:  “The environmental and cost savings resulting from the transition to electric golf carts demonstrate that recreational activities can play an important role in protecting Tennessee’s air quality, using state resources efficiently, and improving the customer experience,” said Kendra Abkowitz, TDEC assistant commissioner of the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices.

“The drive for this transition came from TDEC’s mission to protect the environment, a duty to the Tennessee taxpayer to save money, and a desire to create the best possible playing environment for our golfers,” said Mike Nixon, director of Tennessee State Parks golf operations.

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