Eco-Friendly Electric Cart / Scooter

Low budget go-cart for fun build utilizing various discarded elements.

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I have always wanted to build a go-cart or scooter but never really got the chance to. My parents owned a dirt car racetrack for a few years when I was younger, but I always had to work there, not race. Doesn't everyone love that need for speed feeling? How about we save a little trash from the landfill and a few of our fresh air molecules and take this project for a little spin.

I want to use as much of the treadmill body as possible for the frame, and mechanicals. I was looking at how the motor was mounted and belted to the front roller and I thought, If I could make a chuck for this it could be a really nice drill press. :P Alas, I have no lathe. Another day. Anyways, here's a few pictures of the broken down treadmill. The board that was bolted to the frame could be used as well to mount the seat on. Gotta find a seat!

The control panel for the treadmill I will attempt to hack and make a dashboard for the cart. Hoping I can squeeze in a voltage display for the batteries, and control the screen to display other stats.

Few pictures of the 18650's I am sorting through right now:

Well I guess that's one picture.

  • Project Scrapped

    xobmo08/01/2016 at 14:32 0 comments

    Project Scrapped - Literally. Sorry but not. Now I can use the motors for something else!

  • Building the batteries

    xobmo06/24/2015 at 00:28 0 comments

    Well, I don't care if it has 5 minutes of run time at this point. Still looking for more batteries. I plan to use a Texas Instruments MSP430 for the battery monitor as we don't want to undervolt the batteries to a unsafe level (>3.2 volts.) At this point I am building a lithium ion battery charger for three 18650's in series.

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    To be able to run this motor on 3 of these 11.2-12.3v batteries which is roughly 1/3 of the rated 95 volts, how much current draw will I have?

    Half finished prototype of the charger circuit: Can you see what is missing? besides solder and skill of course.



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Dylan Bleier wrote 05/05/2015 at 01:12 point

you can get much more powerful lead acid batteries on the cheap

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xobmo wrote 05/05/2015 at 01:17 point

Absolutely.  I am considering at this point to beg, steal, or borrow them as my budget right now is effectively zero.  At least to test my motor/s.

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Dylan Bleier wrote 05/05/2015 at 03:33 point

I'm thinking I'm going to start selling some of my stuff that I'll never really use on ebay so I can have a budget for projects.

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