Teens’ Cool EV Project Seeks Sponsor

Thanks to a program sponsored by Kansas City based nonprofit Minddrive, Project Reynard is ready for its epic cross-country test run. But they need a bit of help.

As reported here in September, Minddrive offers at-risk teens from six Kansas City area schools the hands-on opportunity to design, plan and build a working electric car. The project also offers less mechanically inclined kids the chance to work on the car’s PR, press and social media efforts.

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The team’s current project, Reynard, is a clear-skinned, chain-driven, super sleek sports car built on the platform of a wrecked 1999 Reynard Champ. The kids have big plans for the former English racing frame, as they’ve transformed it into a futuristic, street legal electric car with quick-change lithium batteries. Now, they want to drive it coast-to-coast across the county from San Diego to Jacksonville, Fla., and they are looking for assistance to help make the Reynard dream a reality.

Minddrive is rolling out its national sponsorship package, which include an extensive PR and social media strategy.

“We have been fortunate with the amount of press and interest our project has already attracted,” said Linda Buchner, Minddrive president. “This trip has a marketing appeal that goes beyond a company’s corporate social responsibility department and crosses over into a wonderful marketing opportunity with like-minded corporations. Getting on board early offers the most opportunity to our sponsors. The social media following is developing now and the pre-promotion will keep the momentum going. So, the early sponsors will reap the benefits long before the trip occurs next March.”

For more information about how you can become involved, either as a corporate sponsor, a school sponsor, an in-kind donor, contact Linda Buchner at Linda@minddrive.org.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.