Electric Shopping Go-Kart Makes For Speedy, Stealthy Grocery-Getting

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We're wondered why shopping karts outfitted with fifteen wet-cell Ni-Cad batteries, a 15 HP Etek motor and customized rear differentials aren't more popular. It sure looks like silly, dangerous, high-voltage fun to us.

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It's doubtful there's a better usage for derelict shopping karts than to drop a hundred pounds of Ni-Cad batteries in the lower tray, add a crude steering rack up front, pneumatic tires all around and some power-electronics to control a 15 HP Etek pancake motor hooked to a sweet custom differential at the rear all good for a top speed of 35 MPH. This is the kind of awesomeness little boys dream of building when they first imagine the possibility of being an engineer. The confluence of electronics and mechanical know-how and straight-up belligerent awesomeness makes us all warm and fuzzy inside. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for wayward shopping karts now. (Thanks for the tip Cody)

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smalleyxb122
smalleyxb122

For a guy driving an electric shopping cart, he doesn't look like he's enjoying himself.

I'd have to see some better pictures of the diff, but it looks like a poorly executed attempt at a planetary differential with zero functionality, resulting in one wheel drive.

Ben, just to nitpick: There is no steering rack on this. It clearly uses a pitman arm and draglink.