A golf cart’s weight may not be the first thing you look for in a cart. For some, functionality and design weigh more when choosing the right model.
However, it may be time to start including weights in your criteria list if driving capacity is essential to you.
So, much does a golf cart weigh? Read on to find out!
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How Much Does a Golf Cart Weigh?
On average, a golf car weighs within the range of 500 to 1,100 pounds. Your golf cart can be as heavy as a pig or a grizzly bear!
Of course, this range depends on factors like make, model, and additional accessories or customization of your golf cart. For example, two carts won’t weigh the same if one has an added cooler.
Having a gas or electric type of golf cart also affects a golf cart’s weight. A gas golf cart typically weighs more than an electric type. However, the battery weight in an electric golf cart can tip this scale over.
How Do Manufacturers Weight Golf Carts?
Manufacturers use dry weight and curb weight for all golf carts, regardless of whether they’re gas or battery-powered.
Dry weight is your cart’s weight without batteries, fuel, accessories, and other cargo weight.
Manufacturers use dry weight to determine the driving capacity of a golf cart.
Light dry weight also limits how much your golf cart can carry. You wouldn’t want your golf cart to suddenly collapse when several people are riding on it.
Curb weight measures your golf cart’s total weight with the installed batteries, fuel, and other accessories. It’s also the typical weight you’ll see on most brochures.
Golf cart owners may also care more about the curb weight because they typically have golf cart transportation functions in mind.
How Much Does an Electric Golf Cart Weigh?
It makes sense that electric golf carts without batteries are lighter than gas-powered golf carts. However, once you account for the batteries, their weight averages from 900 to 1,100 pounds.
More recent models are coming out with lithium-ion batteries, though. This change brings the electric golf cart’s weight to about 600 pounds for a two-seater cart.
Let’s check out some examples from the leading manufacturers of golf carts.
Yamaha provides some of the heavier make and models for electric golf carts. Here’s how much they weigh:
- PowerTech AC 48V: 995.3 pounds
- Drive 2 AC 48V: 973.3 pounds
- G22 48V: 927 pounds
- Adventure Sport 2: 788.1 pounds
E-Z-GO offers two kinds of battery-powered golf carts: lead-acid and lithium-ion. Here are some models and their weights.
- Freedom RXV 48V (Lead Acid): 905 pounds
- Freedom RXV ELiTe 2.0 (60Ahr Lithium): 655 pounds
- Freedom TXT 48 V (Lead Acid): 943 pounds
- Freedom TXT ELiTe 2.0 (60Ahr Lithium): 638 pounds
Unlike Yamaha and E-Z-GO, Club Car provides lighter golf carts even with their lead-acid batteries. Most of them weigh below 900 pounds.
- DS PowerDrive System 48 V: 854 pounds
- DS IQ System 48V: 872 pounds
- Fairway Villager 48 V: 873 pounds
- Onward 48 V: 975 pounds
- Onward HP Lithium: 717 pounds
How Much Does a Gas Golf Cart Weigh?
A gas golf cart weighs lighter than an electric golf cart when you consider installed batteries. For gas golf carts, the tank’s volume affects their weight instead of batteries.
Gas golf carts can weigh between 675 to 1,150 pounds with an empty tank. Here are some models from top golf cart brands and their weights.
Here are some of Yamaha’s gas golf carts:
- QuieTech EFI: 750 pounds
- Drive 2 Gas: 717.2 pounds
- G22 Gas: 706 pounds
- Adventure Sport 2: 905 pounds
Here are some of E-Z-GO’s gas golf carts:
- Freedom RXV Gas – EX1: 692 pounds
- Medalist 9 HP: 704 pounds
- Express S4 Gas: 910 pounds
- Express L6 Gas: 1,001 pounds
Here are some of Club Car’s gas golf carts:
- Tempo Gas: 642 pounds
- Fairway Villager Gas: 700 pounds
- Precedent I2 Gas: 642 pounds
- Onward Gas: 675 pounds
What Affects a Golf Cart’s Weight?
A golf cart’s weight depends on various factors such as seating capacity, batteries, tank size, construction material, and accessories.
Of course, it makes sense that a golf cart with a larger seating capacity will weigh heavier. The additional weight of materials increases with their size.
For example, a two-passenger golf cart can weigh an average of 700 pounds. In comparison, a six-passenger golf cart will weigh almost twice as much.
Batteries add significant weight to electrical golf carts, especially when choosing between lead-acid batteries and lithium-ion battery packs.
The lighter option of the two only adds around 90 pounds to the total weight, while the other adds over 300 pounds.
Plus, electric golf carts usually need four to six batteries. So, extra batteries mean heavier weight depending on your cart’s voltage.
If electric golf carts use batteries, gas golf carts rely on fuel. The capacity of their fuel tanks can range from 7 to 12 gallons. You can expect an extra 60 pounds for a full tank.
Manufacturers typically choose to construct their golf carts from steel, aluminum, or fiberglass. They carry more weight if they use steel instead of aluminum or fiberglass.
If you want the lightest frames, consider choosing a golf cart made from aluminum.
Accessories such as side mirrors, tail lights, and safety cages can also increase a golf cart’s weight.
Since accessories depend on the owner, it’s difficult to estimate how much it affects curb weight. Regardless, any addition to the skeletal form of your cart is sure to increase its weight.
Why Does Golf Cart Weight Matter?
It may not seem obvious, but a golf cart’s weight matters when it comes to towing and driving capacity.
Choosing the right trailer for towing a golf cart depends on its weight. Of course, the heavier the cart, the bigger the trailer it needs.
If you only have a trailer that can carry minimal weight, here’s where the dry weight comes in.
To bring your electric cart closer to its dry weight, simply remove its batteries. The more batteries it has, the lighter it will be. For a gas golf cart, you can empty its fuel tank to lighten the weight.
A heavier golf cart may have a harder time traversing hills and slopes. Driving one may feel like climbing up the stairs while carrying sacks of rice.
Lighter golf carts can easily drive courses and slopey terrains.
How much does a golf cart weigh? On average, it ranges from 500 to 1,100 pounds, depending on the make and model you have.
It’s useful to keep in mind how much your golf cart weighs, especially if you suddenly need towing.
If you’re going for a golf cart that can carry itself through hills, it may be time to consider opting for a lighter one.