#2 - POWAKADDY CLASSIC ELECTRIC TROLLEY (1983)
The PowaKaddy Classic, pictured above, marked the first commercially released electric golf trolley ever seen in the UK.
The invention of the electric trolley is PowaKaddy’s biggest claim to fame, since becoming an easily recognised brand name and wildly successful invention in the time since it was first unveiled to the public in 1983 in order to confront the often arduous task of players having to cart clubs across a course’s terrain.
The first rendition of the PowaKaddy electric trolley was designed in order to address the exhausting work of hauling clubs around the links in either a bag by itself or in a traditional golf trolley which is essentially a shopping cart for club bags.
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PowaKaddy's latest Freeway electric trolley for 2017
Released in '83 - yes I am now minus four at this point - by inventor Joe Catford and business partner John Martin and produced in a small production facility in Sittingbourne in Kent, the original model dubbed the PowaKaddy Classic was unveiled to an interested public.
The first PowaKaddy used the same basic principle as modern editions; a traditional golf trolley (used to carry club bags) is powered by a small electric motor, affixed to the wheels of the trolley’s chassis and significantly reducing the weight of the cart.
PowaKaddy electric golf trolleys, in their current form, have become a staple of the serious golfer’s equipment, offering a great increase in relaxation on the links and free movement around the course. Their massive success has lead to overwhelming success in the United Kingdom and Ireland, making PowaKaddy a brand name synonymous with electric golf carts and a familiar term for every active golfer.
The brand continues to excel with its trolleys today, none better than its latest Freeway line, and this year company was rightly recognised in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report - a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.