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Matt Martin

You can use whatever battery you want.  Li-Ion is the current best performer (of non-experimental batteries) with respect to energy per unit mass.

Depending how motivated you are, you could use modules from existing vehicles – Zero motorcycle, or a number of electric cars.  Or, you could make your own cells to fit neatly on the kart – E-bike folks have documented it fairly well:  https://www.electricbike.com/home-built-battery-18650s/