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Classic Conversion: Roanoke transform 1939 Pontiac electric-powered vehicle

Roanoke studies students pose 1939 Pontiac at Oliver’s From left to right, Moore, Mike Bankert, Belknap, Eric Lefevers, Morgan, Nomin Baasandavaa, Ericson, Ryan Montoni, McCann (mechanic), Tucker and Stephen Floyd.

A Roanoke student organization that alternative energy sources is a classic car by converting it from gas to power.

The vehicle, in its partly form, will be displayed on this weekend during Commencement activities.

But that’s not A Roanoke museum also has an interest in this classic unique conversion.

Roanoke students who were of an environmental class in 2010 up with the idea to convert a Pontiac Silver Streak a fully electric vehicle. had in mind Roanoke’s slogan, for Tomorrow.

The class created RC a club, to ensure that the would be carried out and completed. RC is Roanoke’s first student-run devoted to making the campus energy efficient. So far, than 50 Roanoke students participated in the Pontiac conversion

The College purchased the car for $1,500 Oliver’s Garage in Blacksburg, Va. it is currently being housed. The a resort in West Virginia, the car prior to World War II to transport the and famous to the hotel after arrived to the area by train.

To get started on the electric conversion, students stripped the Pontiac and had it sandblasted to remove rust and out.

Recently, they the car a burgundy red wine pearl to match the College’s color

This project shows we can move forward and be green, Eric Lefevers, who is president of RC

This year, Lefevers has responsible for scheduling project ordering parts for the car, mechanics and recruiting sponsors to purchase additional parts. One of the is Mac Bob’s Restaurant in Salem, is donating LED headlights for the vehicle.

The conversion project is quite It is not typical to find a college an old vehicle into an electric machine, said Benoit a spokesman with the Electric Transportation Organization in Washington,

Though the Pontiac can’t run on its own its transformation is drawing attention the community. The Virginia Museum of in downtown Roanoke wants to the car during the winter months, Preston Moore, a Roanoke and a member of RC Electric, who has been with the museum’s director. The dates and other details are not yet Moore said.


After graduation, the club continue working on the vehicle’s conversion and restoring its upholstery and To transform the Pontiac into an vehicle, students will the gasoline combustion engine an electric motor using a kit. The kit includes vacuum brake and power steering

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The club’s ultimate goal is to the car completed and running with a current electric motor, operates with rechargeable by Roanoke’s Alumni Weekend in the of 2014.

Lefevers, who is a member of the 2012 class, said he has enjoyed about electric conversion

Working on cars is a passion of he said. It’s been a interesting experience so far.

the President’s Car, the Pontiac be stored in the garage of Roanoke Michael Maxey’s house, and it be maintained as a college vehicle. unclear how the vehicle will be

Meanwhile, RC Electric plans to on more alternative energy on campus, including installing car chargers.

To join the club, you have to know how to work on a be an engineer or an environmental science Lefevers said. There’s a job for

To get involved with RC Electric, Eric Lefevers at emlefevers@mail.roanoke.edu .

this slideshow of Roanoke working on the 1939 Pontiac.

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