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Electric Go-Karts

Last updated 2009.11.23

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Electric Go-Karts are just beginning to come into their own. They have a number of advantages over the gasoline variety: lower maintenance; no emissions; no gasoline handling; reduced burn hazard; less noise; lots of low-end torque; and they can be run indoors as well as out.

There are at least two battery-electric kart facilities in the U.S. ( Arnold's in Pennsylvania, K1 Speed in California). London (England) boasts an electric cart track as well, Revolution Karting. There was a floor-rail electric kart facility in the Skylon tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario (I can't find a reference for it anymore at the Skylon Web site). Europe now has a battery-electric go-kart Grand Prix circuit with at least five events per year at different tracks. The Genesee Area Skills Center Technology Center of Flint MI has organized an electric go-kart event in the past encouraging students to build and run their own vehicles based on 12-volt systems. "Strippers" are another variant that do not use batteries, but pick up power from "rails".

There is a wide range of size and performance options in the electric go-kart arena, as with the gasoline side, including "fun karts" and "yard karts" and serious competition machines.

2010.04.22 Target Drops Price on Serengeti Solar Wing 350 e-kart

[dead link: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/190-5564426-3068158?asin=B002NUFU0A&AFID=become_df&LNM=|B002NUFU0A&CPNG=&ref=tgt_adv_XSE10001] Check out the new price: $395.59. Happy Earth Day!

2009.11.13 Northern Tool offers an electric go-kart

[dead link: http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200394263_200394263] This solar electric go-kart comes with a pair of 5-watt photovoltaic panels that claim they can recharge the 24-volt, 16 Ah batteries in 24 hours (presumably of full sun, so it may be more than just one day). Plug-in power will also work to recharge in 6 hours. For ages 12 and up, no maximum rider weight provided.

2009.09.30 The Shopping Go-Kart

I hesitated about posting this one, as it may encourage the mysterious disappearance of shopping carts from malls. However, I do know that these carts are occasionally scrapped, so I encourage readers to talk to store owners about picking up a wreck for their project. With that out of the way, here's the PopSci article.

Glenn Houston and Axel Gringmuth of British Columbia co-own a battery-electric go-kart powered by a special Advanced DC Motor, regulated by 350A Curtis controller, carrying 48 volts worth of Optima red tops that travels at speeds up to 100 mph.

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