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12-year old Michigan teenager, Adam Lansing has successfully converted a gasoline car (a Toyota Celica) into an electric-powered car. His motivation? He got tired of seeing his brother ask his mum for gas money. The total time spent building it? 6 years!
Talk about a rough start: When he started, the car he used was not only engine-less, but it had already been discarded by his one of his father's friends with a tree branch going out through the rear bumper. Then after, it took him 2 whole years to get the parts he needed for the electric conversion, after which he spent up to 20 hours per day working on the car, before having to rebuild it over and over again - a whooping 52 times.
Apparently good things attract more good things. Companies like Core IV and Plasma Boy Racing began to take notice. Plasma Boy then assisted him by supplying the 30-kilowatt-hour lithium iron phosphate battery pack that currently powers the Celica.
Lansing is now 18, and he recently just graduated from Plano East High School in Texas. His Toyota Celica is now an electric vehicle with a 130 mile range. According to an official Toyota statement, Lansing said, "the support from my family, friends, and girlfriend kept me going. You have to keep in mind the end goal.”
Better still, Lansing has even gone to start his own company, Hawkeye Innovations LLC, which he hopes to make a living from doing to gasoline-to-electric conversions. And we all have a feeling that he would be successful.
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