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Monday, July 1, 2013

All About CARB

What does CARB Certified mean?

One of the more common questions we get from customers relates to CARB certified products.  Many don’t understand what CARB certification means while others aren’t sure if they should buy a CARB product or if they even have a choice.  Allow me to break down this mystery for you below.

CARB certification came about in the 1960’s when the state of California began a push for cleaner emissions to offset air pollution.  CARB, short for the California Air Resources Board, was actually a Governor-appointed committee whose goals were to:
  1. Attain and maintain healthy air quality
  2. Protect the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants
  3. Provide innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations
Today, many of these standards are set by the Federal Government and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  In fact, the only state that can (and does) set its own regulations in this area is California. 

What does this mean to you?

Great question, easy answer.  Where do you live?  If you live in California then the decision has been made for you.  California residents are required to purchase and utilize CARB certified products within their home state.  If you do not live in California, then you may have more options available but be sure to check your state’s laws before you make your purchase.

Is a CARB certified product better than the others?

The short answer to this question is no.  However, while you won’t notice any significant performance differences, a CARB certified go kart may burn fuel a little cleaner, thereby reducing the amount of pollution from the engine.

Do CARB certified go karts cost more?

Not necessarily.  While your budget may play a role as you narrow your choices to make your final selection, shop confidently knowing that you can find both CARB and traditional go karts with like features for about the same price.

Can I retro-fit a traditional go kart to make it CARB certified?

Certainly.  It can be done, but  bear in mind that altering the original state of the go kart could potentially void the manufacturer’s warranty and with so many options at like prices for both CARB and non-carb models available, why take the risk?
For all the discussion about this topic, it really is pretty simple once it is understood.  State regulations require go kart manufacturers to produce engines to meet one of two standards: the Federal EPA standard or the CARB certified standard of California.  If you know where you will be driving your product, then the decision becomes even clearer.

CARB certified products we carry at

     1.  Kandi 90B Mini GoKart

     3.  Kandi 150 GK GoKart