Electric go-carts are swiftly gaining popularity due to their environmental friendliness and lack of noise compared to traditional gas-powered models. If you’re looking to embrace the electric revolution and create a DIY go-cart, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you cruise the track (or your backyard) in style!

A Glimpse into Essential Components

Before we delve into the building process, let’s understand the primary components of an electric go-cart:

  1. Motor: Powers the go-cart.
  2. Battery: Provides energy to the motor.
  3. Controller: Directs power between the battery and motor.
  4. Throttle: Lets you control speed.
  5. Chassis: The frame of the go-cart.
  6. Wheels and Tires: For mobility.

Materials You’ll Need

  • A go-cart frame or chassis
  • Electric motor suitable for go-carts
  • Battery (preferably Lithium-ion for higher efficiency)
  • Electronic speed controller (ESC)
  • Throttle (can be a foot pedal or hand throttle)
  • Wheels and tires
  • Braking system
  • Chain and sprockets
  • Basic tools (e.g., wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers)
  • Wiring and connectors

Steps to Build Your Electric Go-Cart

  1. Prepare the Chassis:
    Start with a basic go-cart frame. Ensure it’s robust and can support all the components. Clean and paint if necessary.
  2. Install the Motor:
    Mount the motor to the rear of the chassis, ensuring it aligns with the rear axle.
  3. Set Up the Battery:
    Choose a spot that distributes the weight evenly, often towards the center of the chassis. Secure the battery firmly to avoid any movements during rides.
  4. Connect the Controller:
    The ESC manages the speed and power distribution between the battery and motor. Place it near the battery and ensure it’s well-ventilated as it can get warm.
  5. Hook Up the Throttle:
    Depending on your choice (foot pedal or hand control), install the throttle and connect it to the ESC.
  6. Install Wheels and Tires:
    Attach the wheels to the axles. Ensure they rotate freely and that the tires are adequately inflated.
  7. Implement the Braking System:
    Safety is paramount! Ensure you have a reliable braking system in place. Depending on your model, you might opt for disc or drum brakes.
  8. Chain and Sprockets:
    Link the motor to the rear axle using a chain and sprockets, ensuring a snug but not overly tight fit.
  9. Wiring:
    Connect all electrical components. Ensure all connections are secure, and it might be wise to use connectors for easy troubleshooting or replacements.
  10. Test Drive:
    In an open and safe area, test your electric go-cart. Pay attention to its acceleration, braking, and turning.

Safety and Maintenance Tips

  • Always wear safety gear, including helmets, gloves, and protective clothing.
  • Regularly check all components, especially brakes and electrical connections.
  • Store the go-cart in a dry location to avoid any electrical issues.
  • Charge the battery as per the manufacturer’s instructions, and avoid overcharging.


Building an electric go-cart can be a thrilling project, merging mechanical know-how with the green benefits of electric power. While the steps above provide a basic framework, customization options are endless. So, are you ready to embrace the electric racing future?


  1. How long will the battery last on my electric go-cart?
    Battery duration varies based on its capacity and usage, but typically, a full charge can last 30-60 minutes of continuous use.
  2. How fast can my electric go-cart go?
    Speeds vary based on the motor’s power and weight of the go-cart, but many DIY models can reach 20-30 mph.
  3. Can I upgrade my electric go-cart?
    Absolutely! You can always add more batteries, upgrade the motor, or enhance the braking system as you gain experience.
  4. Is it cheaper to build or buy an electric go-cart?
    While building can offer customization and a sense of achievement, sometimes it can be more cost-effective to buy a pre-made model, especially when considering the price of individual components.
  5. Can kids drive the electric go-cart?
    With supervision and in safe environments, kids can enjoy electric go-carts. Ensure they always wear safety gear and understand the basics of operating the cart.