Electric Go-Kart Buying Guide

The world of go-karts is ever changing. Go-karts are available in both gas and electric models. However, the ride experience in an electric go-kart is so much better. Because of their efficiency, the performance of electric go karts is much safer and reliable than gas models.

Electric go-karts have greater low-end torque which allows them to accelerate much faster. Since the use of electric motors, go-karts have been capable of driving at 45+ mph, and electric go-karts far surpass that speed.

Age Groups

The first thing you should contemplate is who you’re buying the kart for. Is the kart for an adult or a child? Go-karts built for an adult can reach very high speeds. Professional racing go-karts can reach up to 160+ mph. Most go-karts for recreational purposes have a maximum speed of about 90+ mph, but thatís much too fast for your children to be able to handle safely. Allowing a child to drive adult sized go-karts create serious risk of injury, namely whiplash.

If you are thinking about buying a go-kart for your son or daughter, consider looking for a kart that has additional security features. Go-karts for children often enable parents to adjust the go-kartís max speed. Some go-karts have on and off switches, while other models give parents complete control over the go-kart with remotes.


The frame of a go-kart has both practical and aesthetic purposes. Depending on the structureís design, the go-kart may simulate the look and feel of a dune buggy, F-1 racer or an old, ìstripped downî kart. Other structures make the kart look like a monster truck or classic sports vehicle.

Interestingly, the go-kart’s frame shields the motor and driver from damage and injury. The dune-buggy style karts are reliable options for children and amateur riders. The roll-cages give additional security, should the kart tip over.

Electric or Gas-Powered Karts?

As mentioned earlier, go-kart motors are manufactured with gas and electric capabilities. Go-karts powered by gas are simple to refuel and maintain but produce excess fumes from the exhaust. It’s not the safest option for child drivers. Go-karts that use electric engines use a reusable/rechargeable battery, which makes them free of toxic fumes. This also presents electric go-karts as a reasonable choice for indoor kart racing as well as outdoor tracks.

Go-karts that run on electrical power are heavier than gas-powered karts that have comparable maximum speeds and capabilities. That is not a bad thing; the added weight improves the kartís balance, which makes it simpler to handle at high velocity or when taking sharp corners.

An electrical go-kartís pull depends mostly on its use. Most recreational go-karts have between 5-20 horsepower. Professional racing kart models may reach speeds of up to 48 horsepower. Go-karts that fall into the lower speed categories are often privately owned.

Looking for more detailed pointers to decide? Go Kart Savvy has laid out the comprehensive go kart selection guide.