US Students Drive Electric Lotus Esprit Across the Country

The idea of giving an old car electric power is a great way to keep classics on the road, without offending the more green-minded among us. One such classic, which is not known for being particularly efficient, the Lotus Esprit, has been chosen by a group of students from Kansas to do just that.
The students, from five different schools and part of a non-profit after school program called MINDDRIVE (official site), got the 1977 Esprit as a donation, and proceeded to convert it into an EV. They got the car last year, and since then have worked weekends, along with their mentors, to get it ready.

Now, the car is ready, and it has been taken on a coast-to-coast road trip, giving presentations and interviews at every stop they made, for charging purposes.

The trip began on June 11, and the Lotus went on its way, being followed by support vehicles carrying additional team members. By the end of the trip, on June 20, they had racked up 1,800 miles or 2,900 km under its own power, of the total distance traveled of 2,400 miles or 3,860 km.

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