The big players in the automobile sector invest loads of money and man hours for research and development of electric vehicles and still there is little progress in terms of power, efficiency, performance and reliability.
On the other hand people like George Fortin have quietly gone about making one of their own.
Z-Kart is a one-seater with a range of 20 miles and a top speed of 40 mph that is not formidably safe yet is a well-engineered little buggy that looks like it would be a blast to drive. For being built at home, the car is not bad at all.
He has simplified the design by reducing the number of parts, and ended up with the Z-Kart, an amazingly unique and compact electric vehicle.
The 300 pound (136 kg) vehicle is powered by a 72-volt DC motor via six lead-acid batteries (chosen because they are more cost effective than lithium ion). It charges from a 110-volt outlet through a retractable cord in about three hours, has a range of around 20 miles (32 km), and a top speed of 40 mph (64 kph).
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Its solid polyethylene frame was built from scratch, as were its rear aluminum hubs.
This creation might not be actualized on an industrial level but can go a long way in the field of recreational driving and sports.