There’s nothing like a golf cart to bring out the kid in every driver. A combination of car-like operation, go-kart-like handling and video game-like feedback makes it a joy to drive. But with the typical 2+2 seating arrangement, you’re normally limited to enjoying the experience with just three friends. For anyone who wants to take the whole family, class, or circle of friends along, this 12-seater stretch limo golf cart will probably fit the bill better. It certainly matches what I’m looking for in this week’s Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week.
I found this cute little number while scrolling through the Alibaba seller Henan Robeta’s page this week.
It’s mostly a normal golf cart, except you can fit 10 properly seated adults with two more in the vomit seats, or probably more than 20 poorly seated adults.
Technically, this will exceed the meager weight limit of 700 kg (1,543 lb). But again, there will only be 12 adults, as that equates to 58 kg (128 lbs) per person.
But let’s leave those little details aside for a moment and just enjoy all that this awesome vehicle has to offer.
It may only offer a top speed of 30 km/h (18 mph), but that’s about the same as a course on a golf cart.
With a giant 48V 190Ah battery, this thing charges more battery than many electric motorcycles and hybrid electric cars with nearly 10kWh of capacity. They claim it’s good for a range of 70 km (43.5 miles), which seems like more than any golf cart should really need. And there’s enough canopy space on top to add about six square miles of cheap solar panels to give this buggy an almost infinite autonomy.
This battery may just be an old-fashioned lead-acid monstrosity made up of eight 6V bricks, but that doesn’t surprise me. We’re not looking at the pinnacle of automotive technology here. Instead, we’re looking at a golf cart so outsized you’ll probably have to assign seats based on weight class.
The party wagon here draws its power from a single 5.5 kW (7.4 horsepower) electric motor on the rear axle. That might be twice the horsepower of most golf carts, but that ratio doesn’t seem to keep up with the seat mitosis that’s going on here. I have to wonder what the 0 to 15 mph time is for this cart when fully loaded with geriatric golfers or the entire grounds maintenance crew for South Florida.
In a particularly comedic twist, they appear to have tried to reassure potential customers of the short stopping distance of the vehicles, but instead listed it as “breaking:
Assuming it doesn’t break down in the first 13 feet, it honestly looks like a pretty fun ride. The turning radius probably leaves something to be desired, but just imagine taking it to a community where golf carts are allowed on the roads. You could arrange a shuttle service to half of Key Biscayne on this bad boy.
Or go to the most luxurious country club in this thing. If a limousine is your normal means of transportation, why should you suffer the indignity of having to use a normal vehicle, no limo golf cart. The horror!
Now I know what you’re thinking: “I surely could never afford a stretch limo golf cart, I’m just a lowly commoner, forced to walk around the golf course like a peasant without the help of a driver who stays a good 10 ft. in front of me at all times, always reflecting on the mediocrity of my existence and my inability to afford the best things in life due to my lack of aspirations and my boring penchant for long-sentence communication. But don’t worry, because this weird creation is actually surprisingly affordable.
It starts at a reasonable price of $5,300, but drops to a remarkably handy price of $4,800 if you buy a hundred units. Of course, that seems long enough to have a hard time closing the shipping container doors on just one, so you’re probably looking at a shipping cost of 5 times the price of the vehicle based on freight rates current shipping, but let’s cross that bridge when we get there.
For now, I’m too excited about the prospect of rolling to the local bingo night as the biggest hit, deep-pocketed, blue-haired guy this side of West Palm Beach.
Bring my cart, Jeeves!
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