Archive for April 11th, 2011

Z-Kart – Homemade Electric Buggy from California

April 11th, 2011

Z-Kart is the creation of George Fortin from California. The electric vehicle looks more like a buggy and was made by Fortin at his own garage.

The car is a one seat and it cannot boasts the various safety features that most modern electric cars are equipped with today.

The Z-Kart can register a rage of 20 miles on a single charge and reach a top speed of 40mph. However, Fortin mentioned that he can change the gearing to make the car score 50mph.

It is worth mentioning that the car features a 72 volt DC motor that is powered by 6 lead acid batteries. He decided to use the lead acid batteries due to their cost effectiveness.

One can charge the vehicle’s motor with the help of a 110-volt outlet via a retractable cord in about 3 hours.

Fortin made of frame of the buddy from solid polyethylene, while aluminum was used for the car’s rear hubs.

It would be interesting to note that the brakes of the electric vehicle were borrowed from racing go-carts, tires from motorcycles, and rims from sandrail dune buggies.

According to George Fortin, the idea to create an electric buddy came to him after he saw his kid playing with battery-powered radio-controlled model cars.


[via EcoFriend]