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Any individual, group, or company who donates $1,000 or more will receive a permanent metal plaque in the motor bay as a lasting presence in this legacy!

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Photo by Alex Vogel

We are a senior design team of 15 students at Colorado School of Mines, working for a full year, January to December 2020, to convert a beloved 1979 Volkswagen Bus from gas to electric power.

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My parents bought this beloved Volkswagen Bus brand new in 1979 for their growing family. It didn't take long for this bus to become a family member itself. Twice in my childhood, the whole family piled into the bus for 6-week road trips around the entire U.S. After my first stint in college, I lived in the bus and lost count of the times I drove it across the country.

While it has functioned well as my daily driver, I am ecstatic to augment its performance, reliability, and relevance as an electric vehicle. We will retain road trip and car camping capabilities, aiming for a 250-mile range and a comfortable highway cruising speed of 70-80 mph.

The time has come to "recharge" this iconic legacy!

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