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8 Electric Go Kart Racing Myths That Just Aren’t True

Posted by Brandon Whiting

Nov.14, 2014 9:30 AM

Go karts are a great experience regardless of the driver’s age. Whether it’s a kid’s track or extreme 90 mpg kart racing (that is a thing) most people picture go karts as loud, smoke-belching, 2-stroke beasts that guzzle gas in exchange for some fun. But what about electric go karts? They’ve gotten some bad press, but how much of it is true?

#1 Electric Karts Just Aren’t Fast

Anyone who regularly watches the TV show Myth Busters knows that this one is just a rumor. The crew on the show built an extreme kart that went nearly 100 miles an hour; more commercial versions of the go kart can easily hit a thrilling, track safe speed.

#2: Electric Karts Won’t Hold a Charge

There’s a commonly held belief that electric karts will run out of juice halfway through the last lap, leaving drivers stranded on the straightaway. While that might be the case if the batteries aren’t charged, or if they’re faulty, a functioning electric golf kart will easily be able to make the proscribed number of laps even at top speed. They’ll just need to be topped off with a new charge from time to time.

#3: The Batteries Overheat

This myth has some truth to it, as older go kart racing battery styles are in fact quite prone to problems with temperature. Thanks to all the increased attention being paid to electric cars though batteries have grown and changed so that newer lithium-iron-phosphate batteries (which require pressure but are pretty indifferent to temperature) have been used quite successfully in karts that need to go and go without a lot of downtime in between.

#4: Electric Karts Have No Get-Up-And-Go

Even if they do get up to speed eventually the common wisdom argues that electric go karts will take time to speed up. Just the opposite seems to be true though; these karts are faster off the mark then their gas-driven brethren, which means they can usually get to the finish line just a wee bit faster.

#5: Electric Karts Are More Expensive

This myth may be true sometimes, but it’s a situational truth. An electric kart might have a higher price tag than a gas-powered kart if you’re buying two, brand new models that are comparably powerful and fast. However, the cost of fuel, the lifespan of the kart, and various other concerns also need to be tallied up. When all of those considerations are covered it’s surprising how competitive electric go karts are.

#6: Electric Go Karts Aren’t Really Green

This myth seems laughable, but it’s important to examine it all the same. A two-stroke golf cart puts almost as much pollution into the air as 100 cars according to some estimates, whereas an electric golf cart has no emissions and uses no fossil fuels. The argument relies on the kart being charged with electricity that is created by burning fossil fuels, which is a flimsy argument at best. Particularly if someone is willing to really go the whole nine yards for eco-friendliness to set up a solar or wind charging station for the kart’s batteries.

#7: Electric Go Karts Aren’t Safe

There have been all sorts of rumors about electric go karts, ranging from fires generated by their batteries to how they can’t take a hit like an internal combustion kart can. These either draw on one-off accidents, or ignore advances in electric motors and kart safety. They’re just as, if not more, safe than traditional karts are.

#8: Electric Karts Aren’t Fun

While an electric go kart doesn’t have the roaring engine or belching smoke that a two-stroke kart has, it is faster off the line, better on curves, and it can take the same pounding a traditional kart can. In short, they’re at least as much fun as a gas-powered kart is. More, if you consider you don’t have to feel bad about the pollution factor.
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