A group of Hawaiian high school students has completed their second electric vehicle conversion in three years. Seabury Hall, a prep school on Maui, offers students the opportunity to participate in a number of classes that involve significant engineering products. There are currently three major projects going on, in addition to improving the original electric car students built three years ago. The biofuel project involves growing crops, producing biodiesel and converting a car to run on the fuel. The three-wheeler team is working on an electric motorcycle.
The AC Car team has just finished installing an electric powertrain into a 1995 Toyota Corolla. Energy storage is provided by a 144 volt nickel metal hydride battery pack. The team is hoping the battery pack gives the Corolla a 60-mile range per charge with a top speed of 75 miles per hour.
The original conversion (dubbed the yellow car) has accumulated 3,000 miles and, along with the new green Corolla, will be instrumented to provide data back to the University of Hawai'i. Check out the video after the jump. Thanks to Martin for the tip!
[Source: Seabury Hall]