Golf Carts and Utility Vehicles

Golf Carts and Utility Vehicles

Nidec drive systems has been a leading global supplier of traction motors and transaxles used in the golf and utility markets for over 30 years. Our deep engineering knowledge and application experience combined with our wide array of motor technologies, transaxles and other products allow us to solve the most demanding applications. We supply both off-the-shelf and custom engineered products to provide our customers with dependable, efficient and cost-effective solutions.


  • Series and Sep-Ex wound field DC motors                                                     
  • Low voltage 3 phase AC (LVAC) induction motors
  • Brushless permanent magnet AC (PMAC) motors                                        
  • Electronic controls components and systems   
  • DC starter-generators for internal combustion engines                              
  • Transaxles
  • Battery chargers


  • Application, design and system analysis capability for high-efficiency, cost-effective solutions
  • Extensive application knowledge and product testing expertise
  • Precision manufacturing capabilities in China and Mexico
  • Ability to package complete drive systems using optimized components
  • Just in time (JIT) delivery programs, inventory management and global supply chain 


Separately Excited (SEPEX) DC Brush Motors

  • Proven reliable technology
  • Simple control
  • Efficiencies up to 82 % *
  • Best for traction applications, high torque at low RPM

    *Application dependent


Typical SEPEX Motor Sizes for Golf & Utility Vehicles

Motor Diameter  6.7 inches (170 mm) 
Power Level  3.0 HP (2.2 Kw)-9.7 HP (7.2 Kw) 
Voltage Range  24-72 VDC (batt)
RPM Range  Up to 5,000 


3 Phase Low Voltage AC (LVAC) Motors

  • Increased torque throughout speed range
  • Capable of higher speeds than DC brush motors
  • Efficiencies up to 87 % *
  • Improved thermal management
  • Minimal wear components

                   *Application dependent

Typical LVAC Motor Sizes for Golf & Utility Vehicles

Motor Diameter 5.9 inches (150 mm) - 7.4 inches (188 mm)
Power Level 4.4 HP (3.3 Kw)-7.5 HP (5.6 Kw)
Voltage Range 24-96 VDC (batt)
RPM Range Up to 6,000 (Higher as required)



Brushless Permanent Magnet AC (PMAC) Motors

  • High torque output over a wide speed range
  • Compact footprint - Typically 1/2 to 2/3 size of comparable LVAC motors
  • Peak efficiency 95% *
  • Increased operating range due to high efficiency design

                   *Application dependent

Typical Brushless PMAC Motor Sizes for Golf & Utility Vehicles

Motor Diameter 6.39 inches (160 mm) - 7.71 inches (196 mm)
Power Level 5.3 HP (4 Kw)-13 HP (10 Kw)
Voltage Range 48-94 VDC (batt)
RPM Range Up to 7,000+



Customized features include:

Specialized motor/transaxles mounting, custom shafts, temperature sensors, speed sensors and more.



DC Starter Generators for Gas-Powered Golf and Utility Vehicles


  • High starting torque
  • Quiet, belt driven
  • High charging output - even at low RPM for efficient battery charging
  • Reliable, proven, long-life design
  • Easily customized for specific applications

This is a small sampling of our offering. Please contact us with your particular requirements.

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