Vehicle weight - curb weight vs gross weight

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[img] London Wildlife Trust staff loading woodchip sacks into Land-Rover (2014)

Curb weight is the vehicle's empty weight, while gross weight is its maximum loaded weight. Both are crucial for safety, performance, and compliance, and  serving distinct purposes.

  1. Curb Weight:

    • Curb weight, also known as unladen weight or kerb weight (in some regions), is the weight of a vehicle when it is empty or unladen, meaning it doesn't include any passengers, cargo, or additional equipment.
    • Curb weight typically includes the weight of the vehicle's standard equipment, fluids (such as fuel and oil), and a full tank of gas. It does not account for any aftermarket modifications, accessories, or optional features that may be added to the vehicle.
    • Curb weight is a useful specification for determining the base weight of a vehicle and is often used for various purposes, including calculating fuel efficiency and vehicle registration fees.
  2. Gross Weight:

    • Gross weight, also known as gross vehicle weight (GVW) or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), is the total weight of a vehicle when it is fully loaded, including passengers, cargo, and any additional equipment or accessories.
    • This weight rating is established by the vehicle manufacturer and represents the maximum weight that the vehicle is safely rated to carry, ensuring it operates within safe limits. Exceeding the GVWR can lead to reduced vehicle stability, handling, and braking performance, which can be unsafe.
    • Gross weight is a critical specification for ensuring that a vehicle is not overloaded and is operating safely within its design limits. It is often used by regulatory authorities for safety and compliance purposes.

In summary, curb weight is the weight of a vehicle when it is empty and serves as a baseline reference, while gross weight represents the maximum allowable weight when the vehicle is fully loaded, including passengers and cargo.

Understanding both curb weight and gross weight is important for vehicle safety, performance, and regulatory compliance.