Greenworks go-kart and mini bike on a dirt path

Is a Gas or Electric Go-Kart Better?

Written by: Greenworks Blog Team


The showdown between gas and electric go-karts tells the story of old-generation versus new-age, classic versus cutting-edge and familiar versus forward-thinking. In this guide, we'll compare the pros and cons of each, helping you pick the perfect ride for your thrill-seeking needs.

Electric vs. Gas Go-Karts: Which Is Best?

From environmental impact and speed to safety features and cost, we'll break down everything you need to know to make an informed choice. Let's dive in!

Greenworks electric go-kart in mud

Emissions: Which Go-Kart is Better for the Environment?

Right out of the gate, electric go-karts take the lead with zero emissions. Powered by rechargeable batteries, they are an eco-friendly alternative to gas-powered go-karts, which rely on fossil fuels. Battery power also means less noise pollution than gas engines, making them a great choice for urban areas or residential neighborhoods with noise restrictions. If eco-friendliness is a priority, electric go-karts should be at the top of your list.

Speed: Are Electric Go-Karts Faster Than Gas?

Gas and electric go-karts are nearly neck and neck when it comes to top speed, but electric takes the edge because of quicker acceleration. While the power output of gas engines isn't constant until reaching their "power band," electric go-karts deliver high torque instantly to achieve top speeds in less time. For instance, the Greenworks 60V All-Terrain Go-Kart accelerates up to 25 MPH in just seconds!

Safety Features: Are Electric Go-Karts Safer?

Beyond standards like padded roll cages and four-point seat belts, electric go-karts come packed with advanced safety features like adjustable top speed settings, providing peace of mind and a safer learning environment for those with minimal driving experience.

Also, electric go-karts have a more balanced weight distribution versus the lopsided engine weight of gas karts, making them much less likely to tip over during sharp turns or while driving on sloped terrain.

Greenworks go-kart and mini bike on dirt path

Maintenance: Which Go-Kart is Easier to Maintain?

Once again, the edge goes to electric. With 80% fewer moving parts than their combustion engine peers, electric motors offer a hassle-free experience with less maintenance. Spend more time driving and less time in the garage—no fuel refills, oil changes or spark plug replacements required.

On the other hand, gas go-karts require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly, including checking and changing the oil, replacing spark plugs, cleaning or replacing air filters and refilling fuel tanks. While some enthusiasts enjoy the hands-on aspect of maintaining a gas go-kart, others may find it time-consuming and costly.

Cost: Which Go-Kart Is Worth the Investment?

Let's make sense of go-kart dollars and cents. While electric go-karts might have more of an upfront cost, they can save you money in the long run on maintenance and fuel. The initial investment includes the price of the go-kart and a charger, but you'll quickly see savings by not having to take trips to the pump or perform frequent maintenance.

While typically cheaper upfront, gas go-karts can become more expensive over time due to the ongoing costs of fuel, oil and maintenance. Which cost distribution do you prefer? Higher upfront and lower long-term, or lower upfront and higher long-term?

Range: Which Go-Kart Can Drive Farther?

Advancements in battery technology have considerably extended electric go-kart ranges, but gas karts still take the point for their large fuel tanks. Most battery-powered karts do, however, provide enough charge for most recreational rides. The Greenworks 60V All-Terrain Go-Kart delivers up to 20 miles on a single charge, perfect for everyday usage.

Charging times have also improved, with many electric go-karts reaching a full charge in just a few hours. Some models even offer quick-charge options for those who need a faster turnaround. On the other hand, gas go-karts can run longer without a break, making them more suitable for extended use as refueling takes only a few minutes.

Greenworks go-kart and mini bike on a dirt path

The Verdict: Gas vs. Electric Go-Karts

In the end, choosing between electric and gas go-karts depends on your priorities. If you value eco-friendliness, safety, and lower maintenance, electric go-karts are your best bet. But if you're looking for longer ride times, that classic engine roar, and don't mind the upkeep, gas go-karts are a solid option.

Ready to discover your dream go-kart? Explore our all-new go-karts and other e-transportation options to find your next thrill!

Greenworks Blog Team

Written by The Green Team, a creative arm within Greenworks Tools.

Our team of writers, designers and content creators bring a breadth of experience and a touch of fun to all things tools. With an assist from the Greenworks product teams and technology experts, we’re here to provide helpful and engaging content to make your yard (and life!) beautiful.

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