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Students of VIT Vellore develop low cost electric go-kart

A team of students and teachers of the School of Mechanical Engineering in Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, has designed and developed an electric go-kart that was launched by its Chancellor G. Viswanathan, here on Wednesday.

Officials said that the two-year project was done in collaboration with the U.K-based Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University. “The prototype go-kart can be upgraded into a full-fledged vehicle with additional facilities like wireless charging, driverless and solar powered,” said professor R. Thundil Karuppa Raj, a faculty team member. Modelled on the lines of a race car, the battery-run go-kart can cover a distance of around 80 km for three hours. Charging can be done in the modified plug points at home. The vehicle, which weighs around 120 kg, can accommodate only the rider and can go at a speed of 30-35 kmph. It can be used mainly for industrial zones and commercial complexes.   Early in the day, the team demonstrated the operation of the vehicle to Mr. Viswanathan, faculty members, and students in the institute. The team plans to work on the prototype to convert the vehicle for commercial use, officials said.


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