[Kartbuilding] Electric kart fabrication

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Thu Sep 5 23:20:35 IST 2013

Hi Anand,

Take a read of the following document on the kartbuilding website:

Chain drive would be the most efficient. Belts can slip.
With electric motors, you can stop and start the motor - so there is no 
need for clutch.
Reverse gear should be possible by reversing the voltage going to the 

If you could incorporate a gear change - that would be very useful.
For this however, you would need a gearbox. You have to be careful because 
gearboxes can be very heavy.

Best of luck,

On Thu, 29 Aug 2013, Anand Muraleedharan wrote:

> Sir,
> We are a bunch of students of Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham, Amritapuri campus, Kollam, Kerala, India. We are looking forward to participate in a
> electric kart manufacturing contest. We belong to the transmission department. We are stuck with the design of the same. Please be kind enough to
> help us. The following are our queries:-
> 1. Belt vs Chain drive
> 2. Clutch 
> 3. Reverse gear
> 4. Motor with incorporated gear shifting mechanism
> It would be kind on your part to help us.
> Expectantly
> Anand M

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