Cleveland, Ohio – Students at Ohio Technical College’s Alternative Fuel program have developed an all-electric vehicle, named the “Electro-Van” based on a 1997 Ford E350. The van runs solely on electricity, is fully functional, and can reach speeds of up to 56 km/h with a two-hour drive capacity.
“What a great way to show off our students’ abilities and to increase public awareness of alternative fuel vehicle options,” said Tom King, director of enrollment management. “As the world continues to get greener, it’s vital our students are trained and knowledgeable about the products, technologies and processes involved in creating, converting and maintaining alternative fuel vehicles.”
A group of 13 students took six weeks to design and build the van, including converting it from diesel to electric, and body and drivetrain revisions. The van uses 21 batteries for power, which are recharged via solar panels, along with a 95-horsepower electric motor. Students enrolled in the college’s Collision Repair classes painted the van green, added a diamond-plate interior, and gave it a full body wrap designed by the school’s Custom Paint and Graphics Division students.