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We are a senior design team of 14 students at Colorado School of Mines, working for a full year, starting in January 2020, to convert a beloved 1979 Volkswagen Bus from gas to electric power.

Stay tuned for progress updates, and click here to donate!

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!

Photo by Alex Vogel

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