[Kartbuilding] Electric kart fabrication

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Sun Jan 5 23:28:05 GMT 2014

Hi Anand,

On go-karts with gas engines, they use a "torque converter". See:

However for an electric motor, I'm not sure. Perhaps you could simply
use the same setup. It would be worth a try.

SS202 should be fine. Its stainless, is pretty costly and more difficult
to weld with. I just used mild steel on my karts.

Best of luck,

On 09/11/2013 06:52, Anand Muraleedharan wrote:
> Dear sir,
> We are stuck up with the transmission system of our kart. We are
> planning to implement a Continuous Variable Transmission(CVT). How
> well would this go? Have you any plans on how to implement it on a
> 800W BLDC motor?
> Our chassis material is SS 202? Would it be sufficient for a go-kart?
> 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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