Last year, TRANSLOGIC visited Kansas City for a behind-the-scenes look at Minddrive
, an experiential EV eduction program for at-risk youth. After speaking to the students and driving their Project Lola
electric car, we knew to expect great things from this passionate group.
So what's next for these amazing kids? On Monday, June 11th, Minddrive kicks off a tour across America dubbed "Electrifying Education Coast To Coast," which seeks to raise awareness (and funds) for the the non-profit organization.
"Kansas City isn't the only city in America where students are slipping through the cracks in the educational system because of socio-economic factors beyond their own control," said Minddrive mentor
and co-founder Linda Buchner. "It's an issue in many cities and small towns across the country. We want to show that there is hope for these students by using a different learning model to reach them."
Of course, not just any car would do for this cross-country campaign, so students and mentors at Minddrive have converted a 1977 Lotus Esprit into a full electric vehicle. The plug-in Lotus is said to achieve incredible efficiency through the use of lightweight materials and aerodynamic improvements. The EV Esprit is propelled by 30 Li-ion batteries powering a chain-drive motor.
You can follow the entire trip at Minddrive's Coast-To-Coast 2012 website