March 11, 2008
The annual Personal Project is an open-ended project in which each 10th grader at my high school participates. Because I have always enjoyed designing products which potentially have value in the market, I chose to convert a gasoline-powered go kart into a battery electric vehicle (BEV) through the creative use and assembly of recycled parts.
If you hover over each image you'll see the original go kart I purchased on Craigslist.
I stripped the engine from the chassis and welded a base onto the chassis to support the parts I purchased at a junk yard: battery, solenoid, and starter engine. Additionally, I repainted the chassis and rims, installed an accelerator pedal and an emergency brake, and placed a more comfortable seat in place. In the end, I was able to sell the vehicle to a Mercedes-Benz car mechanic for a profit.