Everyone dreams about taking a nice long road trip sometimes, a nice way to get away from it all. But what if a road trip could make a difference? That’s what Minddrive, a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit organization, has in mind. Their project involves building an electric car and driving it from San Diego to Jacksonville, Fla., next March, making stops at colleges and universities along the way to talk with students.
Besides showing off the benefits of electric vehicles, Minddrive works with at-risk students to bolster their skills in areas like math and science, while providing them with a broader vision of their future. Students from various schools work one-on-one with adult mentors on these hands-on projects, giving them a greater understanding of academic subjects and design, as well as topics like environmental awareness.
The car itself will use quick-charge technology that allows the batteries to be recharged in under an hour after 120 miles of driving. This year’s car is based on last year’s model – a converted 2000 Lola Indy car which recorded a 300 MPGe efficiency – that was chosen for its lightweight chassis, and sports a transparent body on top. Designed by students, the body allows the inner workings to be easily seen.
Minddrive hopes that in addition to educating the students they work with, to educate the public at large about electric vehicles and how quick-charging technology can make EVs more versatile and practical. To spread the word even further, a documentary about the project’s development and the road trip is apparently in the works.