by Rob

Electric Go Kart

Electric Go Kart

Electric Go Kart Electric Go Kart Computer rendering of Electric Go Kart

My kids love messing around on karts (and generally on anything with wheels). They wanted a go-kart that could carry a friend. We looked at some ready-made commercial karts but they were expensive and frankly had very disappointing performance. We decided to build our own kart and this is what we made.

Our kart has a welded steel frame built from stock square and rectangular section tube reinforced with steel gussets. A 500W electric motor propels the kart via a chain drive with power provided from a bank of lead acid batteries delivering 36V. We regulated the speed of the kart using a 4QD speed controller operated by a foot pedal. A cable operated disc brake stops the kart along with an excellent regenerative braking effect provided by the speed controller.

The seat is a welded steel frame and can be adjusted to suit the driver. We fitted a working brake light and headlights. Night driving is great fun, particularly when the under-floor colour change LED light is switched on!

This was a very satisfying (and pretty simple) welding project and the finished kart had created much interest along with some very happy children!

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