“It has been a learning process for the students installing this 96-volt DC drive system,” said Kevin Miller. “We have been careful; that amount of electricity can be dangerous.”
Although the car is drivable, more testing and body work need to be done before it gets a finished stamp.
The car will be powered by a wind turbine, which links it to another Lake Land project.
Lake Land received a $30,000 grant for a two-year study on wind patterns and to create wind-powered electricity via wind turbines.
VanDyke said he would go out on a limb to say the college would have wind turbines that would charge not only the car but the whole college during the winter and parts of summer, all within the next year.
“Renewable energy is this generation’s problem. Gas and diesel aren’t going to be around forever,” said VanDyke. “John Deere isn’t the only thing green on campus anymore.”
We are talking about offering a course that would teach people to build these electric vehicles,” said VanDyke. “We are trying to do everything we can to help, and I think we have come a long way in a short amount of time.”
Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 135 or email@example.com.