Red racer: World-record technology by Linde

Linde E1

Red racer: World-record technology by Linde

It sends the pulse racing and adrenalin rushing through the blood: from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.45 seconds. No, it’s not a Ferrari, but the E1 electric kart from Linde Material Handling.

In 2011 the Linde E1 electric kart took racing driver Andreas Wolf straight into the Guinness Book of Records during the ADAC GT Masters championship in Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.45 seconds, it set the world record for an electrically powered kart.

“Our E1 has exactly the same ‘genes’ as our new E-Series forklift trucks: hub motor, power stacks, display, control system and software are installed in exactly the same way during the assembly of the E-forklift trucks,” explains Eric Hack, the engineer responsible for electronic development. Even the taillights stem from E-forklift truck assembly line. The E1 concentrates more than 40 years of experience and expertise:

  • the Linde E20-E50 series motor, max. torque approx. 150Nm
  • the matching inverter and control unit from the BR387 series
  • a 96V lithium-ion battery with peak power of approx. 50kW

The Linde E1 weighs 160 kilograms without driver and achieves a maximum speed of 120km/h – significantly faster with the appropriate gear transmission ratios.


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