• Mar 4th 2011 at 2:58PM
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Translogic tours the neighborhood on the all-electric Z-Kart – Click above to watch video

What's the best way to get your motoring kicks for less while consuming zero fuel and emitting only adrenaline? Riding a Zero motorcycle sounds like a lot of fun, until you get to that part about it only having two wheels. A golf cart is only amusing when it's gas-powered and you've stuck a tee in the governor. The answer lies somewhere in between, and George Fortin from San Clemente, California, has put together his own version of the solution.

Our friends at Translogic paid Fortin a visit because he's the proud owner and creator of the Z-Kart. It's an all-electric go-kart that rides on a quartet of motorcycle tires and is powered by a DC motor and four lead-acid batteries. The frame is built from recycled polyethylene, and Fortin built it himself from scratch. Total charge time for the Z-Kart is just three hours from a 110v outlet.

According to Fortin, the Z-Kart is capable of exceeding 50 miles per hour. However, he changed the gearing to bring it back down to a more-reasonable 40 mph. The differential in the Z-Kart was taken from a small off-road buggy, and the engine feeds juice to the wheels via a chain drive and jack shaft.

Translogic's Bradley Hasemeyer chats with George about his creation before taking the Z-Kart out for a spin. Check out the electric action in the video after the jump.

  • Completed Z-Kart
  • George Fortin's first kart

[Source: Translogic]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Henry Ford gave a talk in Santa Barbara yesterday and pointed out that prior to the Model T, half the cars in the US were electric..... he feels it will be decades before the infrastructure is available to make EV's anything more than a curiosity in warm climates like CA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG i want 1, the president needs to watch the movie WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A solid beam axle front end and VW Type-1 swing axles in the rear !?!

      Well, I guess he does not have to worry about camber angles since he's running motorcycle tires!

      • 4 Years Ago
      so he just but it together out of random parts i wonder if he did any type of analysis before building it.. but still great
      • 4 Years Ago
      George Fortin, my most sincere admiration to you sir.

      You are a real man and real men build things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All the nice comments, I may be selling the zkart so I can make room for my next project, wondering what to ask, any thoughts?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gfortin - If you want to sell it, the minimum should be your costs to make it. You should add time you took to build it as well, at say $20/hr (bottom-end). That gives you some $ for your time. And if someone pays more, all the better.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I'd love to see one with tracks instead of wheels and more suspension travel.
        And maybe more energy dense storage.

        But that's just me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you know better than anyone how much it cost you to build it, plus add a little extra for your trouble.

        what's your next project?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gfortin You should consider producing a small handful of these and selling them on eBay, you could make a lot of money, as I'm sure they'll sell like hotcakes!
      • 4 Years Ago
      great vehicle, awesome idea but whats the cost? im sure you could sell these on ebay!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess you're not a rider there, Jeff, since you basically state anything w/2 wheels is not fun. When it's really the most boring, slow motorcycle is easily more fun than the common appliance sedan car.

      Nice go-kart, though. Looks like fun on 4 wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was a half-hearted dig at bikes... I'm not a rider.

        (but I wish I was... shhhh)
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