[Kartbuilding] Electric kart fabrication

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Fri Sep 6 22:48:05 IST 2013


I've never built an electric kart before - so I don't know specifics.

Take a read of:

You don't need to have a gear shifting transmission.
Just forward and reverse using a switch and potentiometer.

I myself would like to have a transmission, with 2 or 4 speeds.
This would require a gearbox however.
You could get a gearbox from:
Electric Golf Cart
Electric Mobility Vehicle
>From a motorcycle and connect up to the electric motor yourself
If you find it too difficult, the leave out the gears. Just connect the
motor to the rear axle as in the above motorcycle.

Best of luck,

On 06/09/2013 18:29, Anand Muraleedharan wrote:
> Sir,
> We are still stuck with the design of gear shifting mechanism. Would
> you be kind enough to illustrate it further?
> Expectantly
> Anand M
> On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 3:50 AM, Stephen Burke <> wrote:
>     Hi Anand,
>     Take a read of the following document on the kartbuilding website:
>     http://www.kartbuilding.net/other_karts/Making_an_Electric_Vehicle.pdf
>     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 motor.
>     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,
>     -steve
>     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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