The global golf cart market was valued at US$ 3,262.3 million in 2016 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.95% during the forecast period (2017–2025), reaching US$ 5,590.0 million by 2025. Growing urbanization and industrialization are some of the factors driving growth of the global golf cart market. However, high initial costs associated with golf carts is major factor hindering growth of the market. Moreover, lack of infrastructure for charging points of golf carts in emerging economies hinders growth of the golf cart market.
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Increasing urbanization and industrialization in various emerging economies such as South Korea, Brazil, South Africa, China, and India are expected to boost mall culture, theme parks, amusement parks, and smart housing projects, among others. This is expected to increase demand for golf carts for internal transportation in malls to carry goods and people. Furthermore, increasing demand for customized products related to seating capacity and vehicle aesthetics have provided immense opportunities for market players.
Increasing demand for electric golf carts fuels growth of the global golf cart market
On the basis of product type, the global golf cart market is segmented into electric golf carts and gasoline golf carts. The electric golf carts segment held a dominant position in 2016 and is projected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Increasing demand for pollution-free vehicles, surging prices of fuels, coupled with low costs associated with maintenance of electric carts are creating a conducive environment for growth of the segment.
Electric golf carts are powered by lead-acid batteries that enables the increase in its weight-to-performance ratio. Lithium golf cart batteries are half the size of a traditional lead-acid battery, and two-thirds of the battery weight, which enables the golf cart to reach higher speeds with less energy and can transport more weight.
North America holds a dominant position in the global golf cart market
On the basis of geography, the global golf cart market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. According to Coherent Market Insights, North America held a dominant position in the global golf cart market in 2016 and is projected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. High popularity of golf sport in this region has resulted in the establishment of a large number of golf clubs, in turn increasing the demand for golf carts in the region. The U.S. and Canada are the major countries driving growth of the golf cart market in North America.
Key companies covered as a part of this study include Club Car, LLC, Columbia ParCar Corp, Cruise Car, Inc, EverGreen Electrical Vehicles, E-Z-GO, Garia Luxury Golf Car, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., Maini Material Movement Pvt. Ltd., Xiamen Dalle Electric Car Co., Ltd, and Yamaha Golf-Car Company