Kettering University's 2020 EV Kartz competition vehicle.

EV Kartz

 

Kettering’s go-to organization for fast electric vehicles. A multidisciplinary student-run club that builds and races electric go-karts on the national level. Our club advisors are Dr. Mark Thompson and Dr. Allan Taylor. 

The 2020 EV Kartz team members

Team Projects

EV Kartz team provides an exciting and engaging motorsports platform for students to learn first-hand how to engineer electric vehicle technology.

Our first project
  • A single motor kart taking a Top Kart chassis kit and modifying
  • In the process of assembling our single motor go-kart, which is outfitted with our custom built, 96V, battery pack and is propelled by a 30-kilowatt, three-phase motor
  • Focusing on getting this kart ready to race in the upcoming 2021 EV Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
Future Competitions
  • Modify go-kart chassis with a split axle and mounts for two 7-kilowatt motors
  • Each motor will drive its own independent rear axle and will be controlled by a New Eagle VCU, which runs on Simulink-based Raptor Control Software

What The Team Learns 

  • Application of 3-phase motor control classroom education on a vehicle 
  • Electric vehicle wiring (low voltage, data/communications, and high voltage applications) 
  • Integration of CANbus vehicle communication network 
  • Power electronics design and manufacturing 
  • Integration and calibration of motion sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope) and driver feedback sensors (steering, throttle/brake potentiometers) 
  • Racing team management 
The EV Kartz team works on the cart.